There is also another branch of homeschooling called unschooling.
Unschooling students learn through life experiences along with household chores,
nature, personal interests, books, travel, family members, social interaction, etc…
Unschooling encourages self-discovery and expression, they believe the more
personal the learning is the more beneficial and meaningful it is to the child.
The whole fundamental principle behind unschooling is that children are natural
learners. According to John Holt, “The anxiety children feel at constantly
being tested, their fear of failure, punishment, and disgrace, severely reduces
their ability both to perceive and to remember…” An example of unschooling would
be a child going outside and collecting leaves then using those leaves to learn
addition or subtraction by adding leaves and taking leaves away.
Public schools allow access to an education for every child
in a community. Legally public schools are not able to turn children away based
on income, disability, or academic performance. This creates an equal educational
opportunity for all students no matter their financial or personal situations.
Public schools provide you with diversity among students because they allow
everyone in the community to attend. This exposes children to different cultures
and ethnicities as well as students who have similar or opposite learning
styles from theirs. They may learn to work with others who have mental and/or
physical disabilities which will help them in the workforce later as well.
Public schools offer advanced classes like (AP) and special courses in subjects
like technology and the arts, according to Education Bug. Students who wish to
excel academically have many options to advance. While others that would not like
to be advanced have the ability to find choices at their level too.
Statistics show that in the spring of 2007 1.5 million students were homeschooled
in the United States, the study was done by the National Household Education
Surveys Program (NHES). The majority of parents and students chose
homeschooling for more than one reason. Some of the most common reasons for
homeschooling is the ability to teach a certain set of values, beliefs, and to enhance
family dynamics. Homeschooling provides a safer environment for children to
learn because they don’t typically have to encounter physical harm, alcohol,
drugs, racism, psychological abuse, bullies, discrimination, sexual assault and
harassment. Students who switch to homeschooling after they have been negatively
impacted by school usually gain a better focus on academics, and an overall greater
state of mind. Homeschooling lessens pressure about socialization, furthermore parents
are able to eliminate bullies from their children’s lives and create more positive
social interactions. Homeschool students have more flexible schedules and aren’t
as pressured with deadlines which leads to higher academic performance and they
tend to score above average on standardized testing.
The term Homeschooling, also know as
home education, is an alternative form of learning. In which parents or a hired
tutor, teach their child at home instead of sending them to a public or private
school. Parents will decide on which curriculum to use and which subjects their
child will take. A child’s education can be customized in a multitude of ways
to fit his or her learning style, interests, and level. The quality of
education received depends on the competence of the parent. At some point in
the last two decades, homeschooling has become increasingly common as an
applicable alternative to school. Children that are home schooled spend more
time learning and absorbing information, they have more flexible schedules and
are not as easily impacted by social norms such as what type of clothes they
are wearing or outward appearance. While children in traditional school spend
their time developing test taking, and social skills, they tend to have more of
a set schedule and worry greater about clothes, shoes, backpacks, notebook
brands etc… because they are surrounded by more diverse groups of people and
try to fit in.