Home Education: A Perspective on Then And Now

Home education started to gain its popularity way back in the sixties.  Since then, the whole concept continues to grow and in fact, has become a legitimate and accepted schooling method.  Home education has been proven to be highly effective. More than 1,000 college schools and universities admit enrollment applications from homeschooled children annually.

In its beginnings, home education had its fair share of critics and negative publicity.  Parents who determined to homeschool their children and keep their children away from public schools did so out of social concerns but did not actually teach any lessons at all.  Simply put, those parents seemed to see no point at all with the concept of home education.  As a result, they were more inclined to “protect” their children without “preparing” them.

These unfortunate children emerged from their homes feeling entrapped and uneducated.  They found it impossible to interact with society and their knowledge about life and academics were extremely low.  Those poor children were deprived and robbed of their rights to be educated, to learn and to acquire the essence of their being.  It was during those times that home education was widely viewed to not work and could not possibly be taken seriously as an educational alternative.

People holding to the need for public education over home education believed only certified school teachers were better equipped to educate children.  They also pointed out that school equipment, especially that of laboratory equipment, positioned the public school as a far better environment to educate children than what homeschooling could provide.   Plus, the view of those early “homeschooling advocates” reinforced this position due to their ill-placed reasons for keeping their children out of public schools.

However, today, these arguments are not valid anymore.  Parents are far from being ill-equipped to teach their children.  In fact, parents are far more highly capable of home education when compared to those early days of the homeschooling movement. Today, home education is supported by many, owing to the fact of newly produced and innovated tools and curriculum being made available for any homeschooling parent and child.  Wide variations of curricula are specifically available to cater to every child’s needs.

Another misconception about home education is the issue of socialization.  This initially was the reason for the homeschooling movement in the first place.  But, unlike those early days, the home-educated child does not suffer at all from any social shortcomings today.  Like the conventional student, a homeschool student experiences the same social privileges as other children.  In truth, home education provides more time to bond and socialize with all age groups, not just their peers, especially now that homeschooling organizations are better established to meet the many needs of the homeschooled child.

Furthermore, home-educated children are often provided with more activities to partake in to help them be both socially active and learning at the same time.  Sports and other group games are available for homeschooled students.  Such activities provide a wonderful chance to keep both mind and body healthy, as well as enjoy and develop their sense of sportsmanship while allowing parents to meet up with other home educating parents who can share and openly discuss their home teaching techniques and experiences with each other.

Home education is indeed rewarding.  It does require a tremendous amount of hard work and patience, but eventually, everything is well worth the effort, resulting in a well-rounded child ready to face the world.