There are many advantages to homeschooling. From a parents point of view the benefits are not always about money, or babysitters, or living in the right school district to get their children into the right school. Some of the benefits to homeschooling are harder to define.
Many parents feel like they miss some portion of their childs upbringing when they send the children off to a brick and mortar school. Some parents believe that the traditional school model is what they are expected to follow. Other parents feel like there should be more, that they didnt have children to turn over their care or education to others. Homeschooling offers a choice for parents.
This is not meant as a judgment of parents who choose a more traditional path for their children and their family,but it is meant as an alternative. There are parents who do not believe that they could spend the number of hours required to homeschool with their children. After all, it is not only the regular amount of after school and evening time spent with their children, but also the six to eight hours that the children would normally be in school.
One homeschooling parent argued that if she had to spend time with the antagonistic pre-teen that had been wasting his life in public school all day, in the presence of other antagonistic pre-teens; she would not be able to spend the time with her son. She continued by saying that she avoided much of the antagonistic cycle by taking control of who her son kept company with. By controlling his influences, she was able to guide his behavior in a way that was more acceptable for theirfamily dynamic. And by controlling some of the social aspects of her sons life, she found that not only did she enjoy his company, but that he enjoyed spending time with his parents as well.
Controlling the social aspect of the childs upbringing is not the only place homeschooling parents can gain control. Homeschooling allows parents to influence the moral fabric of their childs upbringing. Models of behavior, belief systems, and more time for subjects beyond the basics allows homeschooling parents to present the world view that they wish In their children to learn.
Parents gain control when homeschooling in the curriculum chosen to provide the educational opportunities.
For parents who homeschool for primarily religious reasons, this means that they can teach science and other subjects with the world view that agrees with their beliefsystem. Homeschooling means that religious education can be incorporated in a regular school day and not just reserved for a single day of the week when services are attended.
For secular homeschoolers the control might be about the types and amount of history, or the math curriculum, or even the lack of religiously influenced curriculum. Sometimes the choice of curriculum is about the students particular learning style, or particular interest. Students who excel in a certain subject may need more time to study advanced forms of that subject, as well as time to master subjects that might not come so easily.
Flexibility is the flip side of control. Homeschooling parents find that they can allow more time in a subject if it is giving a student difficulty, or less time if the student easily gets a
concept. For students with health issues, the flexibility of homeschool allows them to work hard when they feel well, and work less hard when their health dictates.Flexibility and control where education is concerned really means that the parents have choices. They can choose the speed that material is presented, the depth of that material, the moral lessons and the social lessons taught.
The parents can choose to educate their children through classical literature, traditional school books, an online curriculum, or even a combination of many different sources.Flexibility and control allow the parents to customize the education for each child, and ultimately an individualized course of study can mean the best possible education for each child in the family.