I’ve been doing a lot of research into the benefits and drawbacks of homeschool, it seems almost every homeschool blog includes a pro/con list. Anyway, here’s my list. Please feel free to add any suggestions:
Reasons to homeschool:
- It’s been shown that homeschooled kids do better on standardised tests (paywall), university entrance and life skills (Publisher’s page).
- It’s argued that homeschool is easier to arrange as part of hectic life, particularly if you don’t work 9-5.
- It may be more fulfilling (for the whole family).
- Some studies argue it keeps family (Google books) time alive (paywall). One study suggests that school crowds family time with homework, activities that have to be fitted in after school and that there is a general tiredness and malaise that comes from being at school all day.
- As it’s individualised and centred on the child’s interests, some studies argue that homeschool ensures learning remains fun.
- In addition, it is argued that individuated instruction means that a child is learning about what they want to learn, when they’re ready to learn it, not governed by another person’s timetable.
- Studies have found that it supports those children with special gifts (paywall) while avoiding problems for children with special needs such as autism (paywall) or ADD/ADHD.
- The studies of university results of homeschooled children have found that they are as good as or better than mainstream schooled students.
- The family has more opportunities to travel as they aren’t tied to a school timetable.
Reasons not to homeschool:
- It is argued that homeschool takes effort (paywall).
- Studies have shown that families find it hard to explain to others what they’re doing.
- In addition, studies suggest that families have to justify it to family members, repeatedly.
- Anecdotally, it is argued that it can be hard to trust that children are learning when it is likely they appear to be playing all day.
- one study found that it takes some adjustment (paywall) but for only those parents who aren’t trained teachers.