Near the end of March a person named Dana Le Roy sent me an email asking to do a guest post:
I would like to see whether you'd be open for guest contributions. I am looking to write about something related to unschooling and thought that the topics I had in mind may go well with your blog.
I was thinking about the following subjects:
1. What are the benefits of unschooling?
2. How to begin unschooling?
3. Difference of homeschooling and unschooling
Apparently, there's a service which would like you to hire them to do regular guest posts and to gain your interest the first one's free. I've had that experience before. (wink)
So, here's the post I got based on the email quote above. I'll post it with no additional commentary. Feel free to leave your comments, however.
7 Benefits of Homeschooling Your Children
More and more parents are homeschooling their kids today, and for lots of different reasons. For some parents, the fact that public and private schools are filled with children who are behaving badly is a huge turnoff. Parents don't want their child to be sucked into that environment. Others complain that public school is too insular – kids aren’t learning enough about the world and how it got to be the way it is. There’s not as much of a focus on diversity or tolerance. Whatever the reason, homeschooling is becoming very much en vogue. It used to be that parents had to teach their child themselves, but this is not the case anymore. The internet has allowed parents to home school online, but still get the benefits of educational pedagogy. This advanced technology makes home schooling more enticing than ever before, plus there are still many benefits to homeschooling that have always rung true. Here are a few!
1) The Environment
What a student gets out of their education is what they put in. Focusing their efforts in a private or public school environment will not work if there are negative influences and/or other problems. Home school is the environment they are most comfortable in, so a child can relax and concentrate on their education with a clear head. Furthermore, there’s no competition with other children or mean-spirited peers.
2) Student-to-Teacher Ratio
Public and private schools have one teacher with tons of students in one classroom. That means less one-on-one time with the teacher, which makes a child feel left behind. With homeschooling, the teacher has less people to teach. This means that more time is spent on each student, which helps children understand the material better. With the help of parents, any child can excel in this environment.
3) Customized Education
Public and private schools have one way of learning. Some people get it, others get left behind. Everyone learns differently and at their own pace. Homeschooling takes this into account and makes sure that their programs are made for every child to succeed. Homeschooling allows you to concentrate on your child's strengths and get special assistance for weaknesses. A child can also decide if they want to learn in the morning, afternoon or night, which can help if you have to work too.
4) Emotional Pressure
In addition to learning, students in regular schools have the added pressure of ‘fitting in’. In all schools, there is a social hierarchy that students create (i.e., popular kids, jocks, geeks, outsiders). Home schooling takes children away from this stressful environment and helps them to concentrate on what is important--their education.
5) Peer Pressure
The wrong crowd at school can convince a child to do things they would not normally do just to fit in, such asdrinking, smoking, doing drugs and skipping school, whichsway people from their educational goals. Homeschooling brings no such pressure, because their environment is in the comforts of home. It is the parents' responsibility, however, to teach them right from wrong.
Parents and children can spend quality time together when learning. This is so great, because public school often makes interacting with your children impossible.Thanks to home schooling, parents and children have time to get to know each other on a deeper level, because you can share setbacks, struggles & intellectual interests.
The biggest drawback to homeschooling is that your student will likely miss out on socializing with people who are different from them at school. This is a serious problem, but you can go above and beyond and ensure that your kid not only interacts with people who are different from them outside of the house, but also of different ages. Regular schools can’t provide this, because students there only interact with people their age. If you play it right, your children will know how to talk and behave around others their age, younger children, teens, adults and senior citizens.
Camilla Ford likes to write about education, saving money & visiting www.homeinsurance.org.