If you’re expecting a little one soon, chances are that you’re worrying (among everything else) about the type of school that your child will attend years from now.
The choice of sending your child to public school or homeschooling has drawn a lot of criticism from one side and passionate support from the other. Let’s take a look at some facts about homeschooling.
Most criticism of homeschooling stems from the belief that homeschooled children will not build the social skills needed later on in life. But the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) states otherwise. According to them, homeschooled children “are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.”
Another benefit to homeschooling is the educational value. The NHERI says that homeschooled children usually score higher on academic tests, and it doesn’t matter if the parents have any prior college or teaching experience. It’s no wonder that homeschooling is gaining popularity so quickly in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
This is often a tough choice for parents to make and one that requires a lot of thought and commitment. The NHERI says there is still more research to be done on the comparison between homeschool and public school statistics. They advise that “the research designs to date do not conclusively ‘prove’ that homeschooling causes these things. At the same time, there is no empirical evidence that homeschooling causes negative things compared to institutional schooling.” It’s definitely worth weighing the pros and cons based on your own unique situation.
Have you decided to homeschool your child? Let us know!