In 2010, political asylum was granted to a German family in the US because they were not allowed to homeschool their children in their country but only in a registered school as a legally-binding term to all its citizens.
Homeschooling is a popular in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada, while it is less popular or prohibited in some regions.
Families in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore tend to think homeschooling is considered socially unacceptable, conceptually non-existent, and undesirable even though it is not illegal in most countries.
While 48,000 children have been homeschooled in 2016/17 and 34,000 in 2014/15, it has been estimated that there has been approximately up to 2 million families choosing homeschooling.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle change that provides a sense of educational flexibility and autonomy in terms of familial, religious, and learning preferences.
Home schooling also requires additional effort in maintaining consistency, and the parents will need to be more perseverant in achieving all the learning goals and various socialization with special arrangements.
The pros of Home-schooling
Taking a direct and proactive role in driving your children’s learning aligning with your values and goals. A stronger sense of achievement and satisfaction may be felt and developed by the parents when the child is acquiring and maturing different skills.
Tailor-making vacations and activities as part of the learning goals that a stronger relationship and bond will be enhanced; with bundled learning materials that could reduce cost and budget.
Participating in community and local clubs and sport teams with other homeschoolers creates life-long relationships on a family-to-family basis.
Alleviating social pressure and bullying that discourage learning while connection with other homeschoolers are beyond the constraints such as age and levels of skills and progression due to a class/school setting without other social distractions.
Pursuing the child’s interests with more personalized learning that go hand-in-hand with the child’s learning style, socio-emotional needs and development
Research have shown that homeschoolers tend to perform better in public standardized tests and often show greater pride, confidence, and self-motivation in their personal growth
The Cons of Homeschooling
Additional pressure might be put on the responsibilities of being a teacher at the same time, which also means that striking a balance between personal space and time could be an issue when other household administrative work could be jeopardized
The reduction in paid working hours will result in less income but more family spending as extra expenses while homeschooling materials can be costly as the demand for learning each of the subjects specifically increases
Homeschoolers may find it hard to participate in national or transnational team sports as most of the time a school team or a team from a borough is preferred for more convenient arrangements
Less daily interaction with a large group of children may not be able to enlarge their circle of friends that are in the same age group, which may pose a potential socialization issue when moving from homeschooling to, say, tertiary education or work.
Structure and routine are proven to be positive to a child’s development, and homeschooling may run more flexibly depending on the parents’ other responsibilities. The parents do have more freedom and flexibility but also a greater expect of responsibility
Recognition from schools such as sports day, awards, and ceremonies is one of the most essential factor in a child’s growing up experience, and homeschoolers may find good work may not always be appreciated unlike in a school where collectiveness is often emphasized
While community projects, social groups, and volunteering opportunities could be the child’s weekly activities, the engagement could be more time-consuming
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