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Pros & Cons of Homeschooling

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Are you considering homeschooling for your child? There are two sides to making this decision, and this article will examine some of the good and bad aspects of alternative education.

Pro: Your Child, Your Lesson Plan

If there is ever a course topic you don't agree your child should learn, homeschooling fixes this by putting you in charge of the classroom. By becoming the teacher yourself, you are free to develop a lesson plan that does not conflict with the views of you and your family. This path also escapes the confines of the Common Core curriculum.

Con: Different Social Norms

Because your child will not be experiencing the socialization that comes with going to school, they will need to be exposed to other kids their age through different methods. Extra effort may be needed to get them involved in sports, theatre or other organizations that stimulate social growth and allow them to make friends.

Pro: Skip Tuition Costs

Outside of public schools, the cost of tuition continues to rise. In a Waldorf school in NY, for example, it would cost about $27,000 a year for three children to attend. Teaching your children at home eliminates the stress of impending bills and frees up your finances for use elsewhere, like proper studying materials and nutritious meals.

Con: Strict Requirements

While the state of New York does not have any licensing or certification requirements for homeschoolers, that is not the case in other states. For example, the state of Washington requires one of the following:

  • A parent must attend a qualifying course
  • A parent must have earned a total of forty-five quarter units of college credit
  • A school superintendent must approve the parent's decision
  • A certified instructor must meet with the student for one hour per week

Be sure to check with your state to see what constitutes eligibility for homeschooling programs.

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