Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Advantages and Disadvantages of Home-Education


1. Parents and Children can work together to decide on an appropriate curriculum
2.  Parents can freely read, discuss and study issues that have happened in "public schools" that were not good on culture/heritages/faith communities in human history. (effects on minority groups and tribes)
3. Children can advance "quickly" through material that they grasp quite well.  Rather than spending a full week or month on a subject, it may be condensed to discussion lasting only one day.
4. Children can digest information "slowly" through material that is deemed important.  Rather than glancing at an idea or concept once in a paragraph or text book material, full month or semester can be used to encourage understanding of the information.
5. Subjects may be "combined."  example: A child may study hymns/music, reading, writing and history simply by writing/copying out a hymn by hand, copying it, singing it, doing research on the hymn and then performing the hymn.
6. Culture can be loved, rather than just discussed in a textbook.  Visit a restaurant, visit a museum or culture center, visit an elder that can discuss the history of a subject.
7. Religious values are allowed rather than disallowed.  Values that enhance the parents life can be viewed by the child and its effects are understood, rather than just assumed or misunderstood.
8. Focus on character can be accomplished rather than constant focus on academics.  Academics are important for safety, mind-you, but the focus on character will help the child understand the reason for academics in the long run is not for selfish gain, but for giving to others.
9. No "cookie cutter" styles of understanding the world.  The child is given the opportunity to create a world that is unique.
10. No force-feeding before the child is ready to approach a subject.  A child may choose reading advanced book at age 4 or the child may choose advanced books at the age of 10.
11. Children in homeschools are less likely to have "Violent" approach to life.  Terrorist threats are 100+ times higher in children educated away from home/family environments.
12. Relax.  Life is Life.  Deal with it as a child, not as anxiety and pressure from this world.

1. Some parents are weak in academics or experience overall so they will need outside assistance.
2. Some children do not know how to sit-still and follow academic instructions so that can be difficult to overcome the hurdle.
3. Social issues can arise if the child is not given a variety of social situations to handle.
4. Some homeschool parents carry the prejudice into the home and teach the children to act according to prejudice rather than general respect and understanding.
5. Some family situations are at a disadvantage so that children's rights and privacy are not respected.
6. Bad character or choices can creep into the child's daily habit.  No outside person can stop the bad habit if the child is "on his/her own" terms.
7. Other homeschool families or social community functions that are similar to parent value may not be within local area.
8. Focus on "play" rather than "Service" could cause the child to believe in serving self rather than others.
9. Some children are not given "opportunities" due to financial strains, work strains from the parents, parental issues and problems and so forth.
10. Approach to "sin" issues vary from home to home.  Some offer excessive grace....other homes are too strict.  Without community approach it is hard to balance what is appropriate and inappropriate and can affect the child for the rest of their life.
11. Home-education students may not pick up on local community "culture practices."  Issues like saying the pledge of allegiance, recitations for political or religious events, tieing a shoe or weaving a basket may be skills that are not practiced in the home-school.
12. Some times home-education can get messy.  Floors need to be moped every week, where as when the home was always free....floors only needed to be moped once every two months.

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