Homeschooling is when students are educated at home by parents or tutors rather than attending public or private school. Many parents home school their children to keep them sheltered from the environment and the world. I believe homeschooling should only be an option in extreme situations because there are numerous disadvantages. The three major disadvantages are the lack of resources, the lack of patience from parents, and the lack of socialization with peers.
Students that are homeschooled are not necessarily entitled to the resources that students attending public or private school may have. An article titled “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Homeschooling” states, “The theory is that schools will have better books, and the teachers will have a better education than the parent does, and it could serve as a disadvantage if the parent is not ready and willing to be the go-to person for everything.” Teachers, librarians, students, and textbooks are all considered resources, and most home schooled students do not have accessibility to this multitude of resources. This could become a problem with the child’s learning. I believe it is more effective if students can use their peers and other people to better understand what is being taught, and if homeschoolers are being taught by the same person that is limiting them to one perspective. Parents also have to come out of pocket for most of the materials needed for their child to learn. The cost of these items can also become a burden for the family of a child that is homeschooled.
Parents that take on the role as their child’s teacher have to be very patient. Students are easily discouraged when he or she cannot master a subject or a specific lesson in school. As a teacher, the parent has to be sure that they do not become frustrated because they have to fill their role as the teacher. The article “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Homeschooling” states, “It is important that you are able to separate at times the role of parent and teacher, because you will have to be there for your child in a different manner in times like these.”
The major disadvantage is the student’s lack of socialization with peers. Students that are homeschooled should not be totally separated from society. They should still interact with other kids in their environment; they should be involved in sports and other extracurricular activities. According to the article “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Homeschooling”, “An inability to socialize well, shyness that comes with not being around other kids and the tendency to work better as an individual, rather than in a team stem from this lack of association.” Parents who choose to home school their children to keep them away from bad influences, are actually hindering them from learning how the real world really is. Attending public school will provide learning experiences for students, which is better than them being ‘told’ about the world.