Why Homeschooling Can Be Better than Public Schooling

The question is often asked how parents can possibly teach their own children. They don't have any formal teacher training. Teachers often have specialized knowledge of their subjects that parents lack.

This is very true. Homeschooling parents generally have no formal teaching skills. They are often learning material right before they teach it to their children. So, why is it that homeschooling parents seem to be doing a much better job than public schools?

In another hub titled Do Homeschoolers Really Do Better on Standardized Tests?, I addressed the fact that homeschoolers tend to do better on standardized tests and are overrepresented in academic contests. While researching that particular hub, I was surprised and troubled to see how underrepresented public school students were. Why aren't the professionals doing a better job? A big reason is that homeschooling offers many benefits that classroom teachers simply don't enjoy.

Homeschooling has many benefits and advantages over public schooling
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Benefits of Homeschooling

  • Teachers are part of a bureaucracy, so they are limited in what they can do. If a teacher thinks the mandated math curriculum isn't working, they can't change it. They have to do their best with the tools they are given. A homeschooling parent has the luxury of finding a curriculum that works for their child.
  • A homeschooling parent knows immediately when a child doesn't understand the material or when they are tuning out. The parent can alter the lesson and try different approaches to help their child.
  • Homeschooling is self-paced. If something is too easy, you can move on quickly. If a child is struggling with a concept, you can slow down and take more time. A classroom can't be paced to the level of each individual student.
  • It is easier for a parent to bring material down to a child's level. We know what they know and what interests them. This makes it easier to connect new material to things they already know.
  • Homeschoolers can cover material throughout the day and on the weekends. My daughter is currently learning skip counting and has been struggling with counting by 2's and 5's. We skip count in the car or right before reading at bedtime to improve her abilities. It is harder for a teacher with 20 to 30 students to know if one or a few of them are struggling with a concept. When they do find out, they have a limited amount of time in the school day to work with that child.
  • A homeschooler can learn in a couple of hours what a student in a school would learn in a whole day. This gives homeschool children more time to read, draw, build legos, watch educational shows or whatever else they want to do. They can spend more time on personal interests.
  • A parent knows when their child is hungry or frustrated and can schedule a break. A teacher can't schedule a break anytime they think their students need one. If a child is very tired, a parent may teach far less or focus on fun learning activities only. This way, children are always being taught when they are at their best.

Conclusion

Homeschooling has many advantages that group schooling lacks. Homeschool parents have so many luxuries that teachers lack, such as the ability to individually pace learning and individualize material. If done right, homeschooling can be far superior to school for many children.

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GonzoMom 5 years ago from Woodland, CA

Thank you for that article. My husband and I have been thinking about homeschooling our 2 youngest children, when the time comes (they are 1 and 2 now). It is nice to see all these small benefits that could really add up, I wasn't really thinking about those kinds of things. Great article.


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McGilwriter 5 years ago from Florida

I agree, home schooling can much more effective but the parents have to understand it demands much of their time and creative effort to make sure the children are not lacking.


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Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California Author

GonzoMom,

Homeschooling can actually start very early. There is so much you can teach a small child in fun, playful ways. Then when you do start officially homeschooling them, they will already have a good foundation to build on.


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Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California Author

McGilwriter,

You are absolutely right. Homeschooling is a big commitment and parents do need to consider that. And it isn't just the schooling itself. I have to make sure my kids get out of the house everyday to interact with other children. So, parents need to consider everything and then decide if homeschooling will work for them.


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GonzoMom 5 years ago from Woodland, CA

Thanks, I was actually planning on starting some "school time" with my 2 year old this summer. I have already taught him his ABC's and how to count to 5, so we are getting there :)


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Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California Author

I also recommend starfall.com to teach phonics. Go to their abc section.


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livingsimply 5 years ago from Isle of Arran, Scotland

Great hub. I have have been homeschooling my 4 chidren for 8 years and I have never once looked back. They have all thrived and they all know who they are and where they fit in the world. I am so proud of them


WildIris 5 years ago

Excellent Hub! Whether it is homeschooling or schooling at home, nothing beats the individual attention of one-on-one schooling.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

I home educated for a while. I have a degree and teaching qualifications, but I know very successful home-schooling parents who have no such background.

Schools tend to try to force square pegs into round holes, which does not suit every child.

I, personally, feel that many schools are great, if the children are learning, and are happy and well, but, if children are not learning, and are not thriving, then they may well do much better, and feel happier and healthier at home.

I would recommend Maria Montessori's books on education :)


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Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California Author

I have to say that I have come to appreciate what a difficult job teaching really is. Trying to teach a lot of different kids with a lot of different abilities and no control over the curriculum must be extremely challenging.


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Wacky Mummy 3 years ago from UK

Great hub! :)


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Thanks Wacky Mummy.

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