Homeschooling Advantages And Disadvantages

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Homeschooling Children: The Advantages and Disadvantages In the year 1983, a brief review about homeschooling was published by ‘Phi Delta Kappan’ based on the book ‘Teach Your Own’ by John Holt, and the book was praised and the author admired for his spirit. Although they predicted that not many people will turn to homeschooling in the following years, the statistics proved them wrong. In fact, between 1999 and 2007 the percentage of homeschoolers in the United States has increased about 74% (Kunzman, 2009). Now to understand this increase, a survey was done by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 2007 and 88% of homeschool parents said they were concerned about the environment in conventional schools, thus decided to homeschool…show more content…
Bergstrom believes this is the greatest benefit of homeschooling; it's the family's decision (2012). Homeschooling Disadvantages and Advantages When homeschooled children were interviewed the majority said that homeschooling is difficult because “you have to motivate yourself because there is no one to compete with” (Epinions.com, 2006). But on the other hand, homeschoolers get multiple advantages. These advantages consist of: no interruptions from other students, any unexploited time transitioning, or wasted time taking attendance, as well as the kids get total and free access to the “teacher”. Children can also work at their own pace, i.e. they feel comfortable spending the needed amount of time on each topic/subject (Bergstrom, 2012). Some of the disadvantages mentioned in the article (Epinions.com, 2006) included the parents’ need to separate the role of teacher from that of the parent, the social life of the children can be a bit deficient, and the high cost of the teaching…show more content…
In fact, even though homeschooled children do not see their peers every day nor do they get the chance to engage in many activities with children of the same age on a daily basis, but it is proven that they develop maturity earlier because they interact with people of all ages, and they even start communicating better with different age groups (Bergstrom, 2012). Surprisingly, homeschooled children surpass the public schools students in areas of development and are in most cases in college and in careers (Bergstrom,
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