By Yolanda Spivey
For years, home-schooling has gotten a bad rap. As more parents see the benefits of home-schooling (on a full time basis), more myths and misunderstandings about home-schooling are beginning to surface. There are challenges to homeschooling and many parents who choose to home-school would be the first to tell you that. But they also see the challenges that are presented when they send their children to public schools.
Socialization continues to be the first topic that is raised when it comes to the subject of homeschooling. It baffles people that home-schooled children are and continue to be well-rounded individuals who go on to do great things in society. The lack of concrete information on homeschooling is the reason why such misconceptions continue to exist.
Here are six myths and misunderstandings about home-schooling:
1. Home-schoolers are stuck in the house all day: Many families who home school their children are rarely home. They do have a full social life contrary to many beliefs. Parents make sure that their children visit museums, parks, beaches and other places during the mid week where crowds are at a minimum. Some parents take their children to lunchtime concerts, dance performances, etc… The list goes on and on. They also ensure that their children participate in sports and other activities in their communities.
2. Home-schoolers don’t have any friends- This is another myth that plagues home-schooled children. Actually studies have shown that the longer you home-school your children, the more friends they have. Parents of home-schooled children often get together so that their children can participate in activities with each other. They often plan trips together forging unbreakable bonds between their home-schooled children.
3. Kids cannot be socialized if they don’t go to school- Let’s take a second to analyze just what exactly socialization means in a public school setting. Socialization in a public school setting can carry negative connotations. For instance, is bullying a right of “socialization” passage a child must go through in order to prepare a child for the real world? While home-schooled children often escape, bullying, peer pressure, and cliques, they are often surrounded by more positive situations in their communities. Home-schooled children are some of the most well-rounded people in the world, often times more tolerant of other children with disabilities. They also become some of the most strong and confident adults you’d ever want to see.
4. Average parents are not qualified to teach their children– Whether a parent has a GED or a Ph.D., studies continually show that home-schooled children outperform their traditional schooled peers on standardized test in every subject and at every grade level, nationwide. They are also always one grade ahead of their public schooled counterparts.
5. Home-schooled teens miss out on the “the high-school experience”– Home-schoolers will readily tell you that they think their public schooled counterparts are the ones missing out—on their teen years. Home-schoolers often can explore subject areas that they are passionate about. Also, they often go to college earlier than children who are taught at public schools. There is no limit on their time, so they are able to accumulate college credits and when they do finally enroll in college, they enter as sophomores or juniors.
6. Home-schooling has to be full-time– Homeschooling can be done as a supplement or on a part-time basis, even while kids are enrolled in a public school setting. I for one am one of those parents. My son goes to public school where I often substitute teach. For an hour after-school every day, he has my version of school where we explore new words and math problems that his school deems are beyond his grade level. I know he will benefit in the future.