Homeschooling or homeschooling, also called private or opti-medicine, is a method of education where students are taught in the home or at a specific location other than the public school. There are many advantages to homeschooling, including the flexibility and control over what’s taught, the resources available, and the assurance that the child’s education is protected. Homeschooling also allows parents greater time to spend with their children and gives them more access to their child’s development. While there are some common concerns associated with homeschooling, especially when dealing with a sensitive child, most experts believe that homeschooling is an excellent choice for many children.
Some of the biggest concerns that are raised about homeschooling are the dangers that exist in traditional schools. One of the biggest fears is that by not administering standardized tests, or letting children take their tests when they are ready, that the curriculum will be less well rounded and will not be as well developed as it could be. Standardized testing is important in educating young children, to help them catch up to what they should be learning. Without standardized testing, some children will fail to catch up, which would result in them not being able to learn the important facts and information that they need to be successful in school. There are many benefits of homeschooling, and not just standardized testing.
The other big worry for parents is that by homeschooling, their children do not receive all of the socialization that they would in a traditional school setting. This is largely unfounded, as homeschooled children do get plenty of socialization from play dates, field trips, band activities, and visits from other homeschooled children. Most of these socializing opportunities are by invitation only and may involve traveling; however, most children are always free to join in with any activity. As most homeschooled children live very close to their parents, they also have immediate and continuing access to their homeschooled peers for play dates and activities.
Another major worry for many homeschooling parents is that by teaching their children at such an early age, they may lack academic motivation as they near the end of grade school. Many experts agree that homeschool students generally perform better on tests later in life, especially if they start taking college-level courses. Some even suggest that homeschoolers have a higher success rate of completing college than non-homeschool students. The concern about wanting to become educated as quickly as possible is not unique to homeschoolers. Many adults feel that they need to “catch up” to society as they get older, and some feel that traditional schooling will not allow them to do this.
There are also fears about the effects of homeschooling on children’s mental and emotional health. One common complaint is that homeschooled kids are too sheltered and don’t feel comfortable speaking about certain subjects. Parents often worry that homeschooled kids might be prone to negative behavioral patterns such as excessive violence or substance abuse. Although there has not been a great research study done on the mental health of homeschooled kids, most parents will attest that their homeschooled kids are usually very well adjusted and fit in with their peers. On the other hand, some experts believe that too much socialization at such a young age can cause negative behavioral patterns and can lead to the development of anti-social tendencies.
Homeschooling is a growing trend in the United States, particularly since so many state governments have started requiring parental permission for homeschool enrollment. In some states, parents who choose to homeschool their children are not permitted to enroll them in public or private schools, while others require that homeschool graduates be allowed to sit for the GED exam. Whether or not homeschool parents should be compelled to present their kids for standardized testing is a matter of debate, but most agree that homeschooling is a viable educational option for those parents who want to give their children a head start.