You’ll be a Parent One Day
Parents play a significant role in a child’s life. More explicitly, parents who decide to homeschool their child, chooses to be a significant part of their education well because, they are the teacher. Different opinions and viewpoints are told from parents, in support of home schooling their child or in disagreement of a home based education. According to this Huffington Post about what not to say about homeschoolers, has a strong and defensive say in support of choosing home education.
Kellie Daab, a social influencer, mom of three, and a teacher to all her children, points out the many judgemental comments and assumptions of what society believes why homeschooling is not the best choice for a child. She directly states and explains the obvious concerns of many parents and guardians, like the child not getting any social interactions or participating in social activities, and homeschoolers will end up socially awkward and have a difficult time approaching the real world situations. She strongly encourages NOT to tell these assumptions to homeschool parents. Some argue that homeschool parents can provide an effective educational experience because they can work outside of the requirements of the classroom so therefore, teaching less children than a standard classroom. Obviously she does not agree, but knows she will find the perfect programs and curriculums for her children.
She goes on and here’s a brief list of what she believes not to assume for a homeschooler:
- Don’t ask what they’re learning about.
Homeschool parents hate it when strangers quiz their child. Never ask a parent how a child is learning.
2. How is your child involved in social activities?
There are programs everywhere! Homeschoolers are not cooped in their house all day. They play whenever they want, doing activities with other families, and taking part in local programs and activities.
3. Won’t your kids be lonely?
Nope. Because homeschoolers can finish their homework earlier and do other activities with other homeschoolers.
4. Won’t they be socially awkward?
Yes, but everyone is at one point in their life. But homeschooled kids have the advantage to socialize with people of all ages and demographics where your schooled child will socialize only with kids in their general age range.
The last point she emphasizes is how homeschooling best suits her choice to homeschool, but best suits for her child’s special needs. This is a prime example to why homeschooling can positively benefit to the child’s needs. And the parent choosing homeschooling have less worry and fear of their child being bullied and embarrassed because of their special needs. Most scholars view peer interaction as generally in a school education environment as to where socialization skills are learned. Each homeschool family and each homeschool child is different so do not assume about the skills of a homeschooler. Agreeance with homeschooling, state: homeschooling is beneficial because the child has better learning experience and can decide what
They want to learn. Homeschooling allows students to participate in extracurricular and educational clubs that they could not do in public schools. Sitting in a lecture for seven hours is not socialism. Homeschooling helps a parent teach their child what he or she is necessary for them to learn.
The most absurd thing I have read after researching and reading different comments and opinions is how some people think homeschooling “makes kids dumber.” Honestly, that is bizarre and unrealistic. Do you really think a parent who chooses to homeschool will teach their child to be dumb? NO. A parent chooses to homeschool is the benefit of the parent and child. A parent wouldn’t devote their time to teach their child things they didn’t think were necessary in life.
Again, homeschooling is a way for a parent to teach their child what they want to learn, at their own pace, and what is right for them to learn. Another idea I have seen while researching that parents and guardians have noticed that people assume about homeschoolers, is the fear of not having social interactions. Homeschooled children have the opportunity to get out more often and socialize with people of all ages, not just peers their own age, which is a much more social experience. An idea that really stood out to me was how a homeschooler stated how being homeschooled taught her about managing her time. Instead of rushing different courses and subjects in a public school, she can lay out which assignments she can do and not to procrastinate. In conclusion, homeschooling doesn’t fit for everyone and that’s okay because it’s your education. But there are many benefits to homeschooling in which you learn skills that cannot be taught in a public school.