There are many reasons to be suspicious about the public schooling system; similarly there are many reasons to like about the homeschooling in 2015. As the years are passing more UK families are embracing homeschooling for the education of their children since British law states that children’s education is the sole responsibility of the parents and they do not need to follow the national curriculum.
Why homeschooling is necessary:
- Parents can adapt the curriculum and the learning surroundings according to the psyche of each child
- Children can attain more academic accomplishments than in schools
- Other than typical institutional schools one get to use pedagogical approaches for learning
- Family relationships of children get improved with parents and siblings
- This provide ample opportunity for young peers and grown-ups to have rational social interactions
- Children and youth can be provided with a safer environment excluding of physical violence, psychological abuse, racism, drugs, alcohol, and inappropriate and damaging sexual interactions which can come with external schools
- This gives the opportunity to educate and pass on to children and youth particular principles, viewpoint, and worldview.
Quick facts about homeschooling:
- The four countries of the UK – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have different set of laws regarding homeschooling
- For the school years of 2007-2008 2 to 2.5 million students were being homeschooled according to the National Home Education Research Institute
- Home schools rise each year in a rate of 5-12%
- Those families have a higher rate of homeschooling if there are three or more children and two parents, and only one works as the employees
- Costs to home school vary, from £130 to around £390 per year according to the Home School Legal Defense Association
- Homeschooling varies as per the Among white families homeschooling is more prevalent with 2.7% homeschooling. 1.3% of black families are homeschooling while Hispanic families have a 0.7% rate
Achievement of homeschooling on academic performance:
- The score of the public school is the average of 50 % which varies from 1 to 99. Whereas scores of homeschoolers score on standardized academic achievement tests 15-30% which is above of the public-school students.
- Homeschool students’ score does not depend on the level of formal education or the household income of their parents; they score in achievement tests above the average.
- Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.
- Academic achievements do not depend on the amount of state control and regulation of homeschooling.
- In the SAT and ACT tests for college admissions usually score more than average.
- It is reported that colleges prefer homeschool students for active recruitment on a larger scale.
Homeschooling for Psychological Development:
The homeschoolers are well educated, usually above average, on social development measures, emotional and psychological. Research activities include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service and self-esteem.
These students are engaged in social and educational activities on a regular basis outside of their homes and with people other than their nuclear family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as excursions, field inspections, 4 – H, political players, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.
Homeschooling proffers strong sense of self:
Education in home gives young people a rare chance to ask questions regarding their self identity or about the proper purpose of life. And through the process of such question and slowly moving towards finding the exact answer for the question asked home-educated girls progressively develop the strengths and resilience that give them an unusually strong sense of self.
It is the common belief that the energetic natures and tendency of boys to the physical expression can be more easily accommodated in home schooling. Many fear that a very unequal number of students in special education – public schools are boys and that boys are 2.5 times more likely than girls in public schools to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
It is possible that homeschooling causes the positive traits as reported above. However, to date research models do not conclude to a proof of what positivity homeschooling causes. At the same time, there is no empirical evidence that homeschooling causes negative things either compared to institutional schooling.
Lisa Rose writes academic articles and blogs for businesses and management students. Her articles have appeared in a number of websites. Her articles focus on balancing instructions with modern methodologies of education.