It’s often assumed that parents only home educate because of their child’s unhappiness in school, perhaps through bullying, school phobia, learning difficulties or failing to thrive and achieve.
But a growing number of parents are deciding to home educate from the outset because they want a different educational experience for their child. One that moves away from the prescriptive curriculum, the obsession with test results and lack of attention to the individual’s particular needs which is what education has become in many schools.
Home education gives the opportunity for parents to provide a very different educational experience, one that guides their children towards attainment without the pressures associated with conventional schooling.
Outlined here are some of the main advantages.
- Education can be tailor made to suit the needs and learning preferences of the individual, rather than the individual being made to fit the school system.
- Parents are not tied to a specific curriculum, testing or examining process, timetables or other learning restrictions like those of age. A child can learn anything, at any time, anywhere and by any approach that works.
- Parents can use a wide range of approaches to engage and motivate their child. See how this works by visiting the many home educating family blogs.
- Education can take place in a variety of settings, as many out of the home (museums, workshops, group meets, field trips etc) as in it. This helps keep children stimulated and motivated to learn.
- Children can learn at their own pace rather than at the pace of thirty others
- There is ample opportunity for children to be engaged in physical, practical or creative activities which enhance their educational and personal development as much as academic experiences.
- There are increasing numbers of other home schooling families to connect and interact with, to gain support from and do activities with. Social media groups now make these connections easily accessible.
- Home education affords time and opportunity for young people to develop competent social skills. This is from their interaction with a larger proportion of other adults both parental and professional.
- Children never need to suffer for their education
- There is plenty of information available on the web to support parents in facilitating their children’s learning, as well as a variety of learning resources.
- Parents are involved in their child’s learning in ways not available through schooling and the children themselves can be involved in the decision making process. This makes their education far more purposeful which promotes motivation.
- Education can be meaningful and connected to the real world (rather than a school world) which develops personal attributes like initiative, social skills, conversational skills, maturity and confidence, vital for employability and independence.
For more information, take a look at my other posts about home education around this site for more information especially ‘Understanding home education and how it works’ and ‘Could homeschooling be the answer to the school of your choice’.