Homeschooling is precisely what it sounds like - Schooling at home. It is the new wave of education methodology that both parents and students have taken a liking to. Instead of the traditional schooling system where 30 students learn the same thing at the average pace of the class on a pre-decided syllabus, homeschooling offers much more flexibility and freedom. For example, if your kid is flying through his science test and wants to go to the next day's lesson, he can. No class will hold him back. However, on another day, if he struggles with a concept covered a month ago, he has the flexibility to review it until he is confident.
"Homeschooling allows you the freedom to step off the highway of learning and take a more scenic route along a dirt road."
Tamara L Chilver
More and more families are opting for homeschooling for various reasons like dissatisfaction with the available educational options, different religious or educational philosophies, and the belief that children don't progress to their full potential within the traditional school structure.
The pandemic has only added to the exponential growth of this sector, and the numbers have exploded recently. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, 11.1% of households with school-age children had opted for Homeschooling by Sept 2020, which is more than double the number in April 2020.
This is not surprising at all. The numbers are only going to go upwards in the future, all thanks to the numerous benefits of this system:
More freedom of planning curriculum and schedule
Most states in the U.S. allow homeschoolers to learn what they want, when they want, and for as long as they want. The kids have the flexibility to spend more time on topics they find exciting or challenging. Also, they don't need to spend more time than necessary on concepts they grasp easily. This takes off pressure from the kids to learn, let’s say multiplication tables, as fast as their classmates. Instead of feeling insecure, they feel more confident having spent more time on topics that challenge them. Additionally, parents can also teach children subjects that are not typically taught in a school, like a particular religion or cultural heritage and language.
Personalized one-on-one learning
A typical public or private school classroom has a teacher to student ratio of 1:25 or upwards. That is a problem. With limited time for each class, some kids don't receive as much personal attention as they need to learn the best they can. Homeschooling offers a solution by allowing teachers to focus on each child and adapt their teaching methods to their best learning style.
More family time
The common, everyday joys of life can be cherished together when students learn from home. Parents do not miss out on the crucial developmental stages of children. Research reveals that destructive and rebellious behavior is significantly diminished in teenagers when they start homeschooling.
Protection from negative influences
For many teenagers, schools can be a scary place, especially if there are bullying elements around them. Besides being a center of education, unfortunately, schools are also home to school gangs, peer pressure, bullying, violence, and other such potential problems. While the flipside to homeschooling might be less physical interaction with peers, the kids stay protected against such unwanted elements.
According to a report by HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association), homeschoolers score 15% to 30% higher than public or private school students on standardized academic tests.
Homeschooling leads to overall happier and more satisfied children. That is because they feel more assured of themselves and confident of their know-how of concept
Do you think your kid has it to be the next Einstein or Marie Curie?
It is possible that he/she doesn’t realize his/her true worth sitting in a classroom with 25 other kids. It is essential to note that each and every child is unique, and the various options of homeschooling let him/her thrive in the environment best suited for his/her growth. The Math experts at Cuemath firmly believe in this and design tailor-made courses to ensure that each child reaches his true potential. Cuemath conducts Live Online Math classes.
The future looks extremely promising for homeschooling. With physical schools temporarily shut around the world and most parents working from home, if you haven't explored it for your kid yet, now is a great time to do it!
-By Abhishek Deswal
Abhishek is an engineer with a math-focus outlook on life. Through his writing at Cuemath, he puts forward his belief that life makes more sense when seen through numbers. A former analytics professional, he enjoys theatre, football, and long runs.