Homeschooling vs. Traditional Schooling

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When it comes to creating your child’s education plan, a big decision for many will be whether you want to homeschool them or send them to a traditional school. While most kids go to a traditional school, there are several solid arguments to be made for homeschooling and other unique learning opportunities. See the pros and cons of each.

Homeschooling Advantages and Disadvantages

If you want complete control over your child’s curriculum, you may opt for homeschooling in place of traditional schooling. It’s the harder choice, but it also ensures that your child will have loving attention paid to what they learn every step of the way.

The Pros of Homeschooling

A teacher in a classroom of 20-40 students can never pay the individual attention to your child that you can. Children often learn better with one-on-one attention, and you’ll never have to hire a tutor to help your kids “catch up” if your personalized education ensures they haven’t fallen behind in the first place.

Knowing your child as well as you do, you can structure lessons around them and what they love. By tying their education to their passions, you can help encourage them to love learning. There’s no better way to implement a child-centered curriculum than through homeschooling, rather than traditional schooling which relies on one teacher for all the children in the class.

The Cons of Homeschooling

Of course, homeschooling has advantages and disadvantages, and it’s not a perfect option for education. If all adults in your household have to work and you can’t afford a full-time tutor, even if someone works from home, it’s almost impossible to fit in enough time and attention for a complete education.

You also lose the built-in community when homeschooling, vs. traditional schooling where children are likely to make friends and forge lifelong bonds. It’s not impossible to meet other kids, but meeting people your child clicks with and finding regular time to spend with them is an extra hurdle to overcome.

Traditional Schooling Advantages and Disadvantages

The pros and cons of traditional schooling aren’t just opposites of homeschooling’s advantages and disadvantages. School is a whole separate world for your child with wonderful things to explore, and it’s often easier for you as a parent. But public schooling has its own significant challenges.

Pros of Traditional Schooling

When comparing homeschooling vs. traditional schooling, it’s easy to see which method has more educational tools available. Parents can buy textbooks and online programs for their children, but schools already have easy access to many of them. Schools have libraries, computers, and connections to further resources outside the school itself.

One of those resources is the teachers themselves. While parents teach their children things every day, formally educating a child is a specialized skill that many teachers get a master’s degree to do. Your child’s teachers will be experts at putting together lesson plans and leading their curriculums.

Cons of Traditional Schooling

If your child is interested in that day’s lesson at school, great! If not, they’re required to spend time on it anyway. Teachers work hard to craft engaging lessons, but one of the great disadvantages of traditional schooling compared with homeschooling is that passing standardized tests may be prioritized over a child’s individual learning in class.

If your child is at school, it also means that they’re not with you. The days are long, but the years are short. Homeschooling your children is a beneficial and especially meaningful way of maximizing the time you spend with them.

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How to Decide

There are many advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling vs. traditional schooling, so the decision will be a personal one for each family. But the bright side is that education doesn’t have to be all one or the other.

You can sign up your children for extra classes or extracurricular activities, you can search for online resources that supplement their public school education, and you can start or join a small pod with other families and pay for a tutor together. A teacher for 5-10 students can spend more time with each student than a teacher in a class with 20-40 students. Or you can send your child to school but continue their education with productive activities at home. So long as you prioritize your child’s learning and growth, either may be the right decision.

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