What is homeschooling?
The term ‘homeschooling’ refers to the process in which one or more children of not more than 2 families are instructed by parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household. The legal requirements for establishing a homeschool vary substantially from country to country, and within local jurisdictions.
For the vast majority of children in the western world, the actual process of learning commences prior to them going to school. In fact, a considerable number of children already know the alphabet, the names of animals, colours and other considerably more complex subjects before attending school.
This is mostly due to the hard work and attention of a close family member whose purpose was to dedicate time to teach the child.
Homeschooling is just a natural progression from there. Instead of sending children to a public school, parents make their own curriculum and teach their little ones in ways that best suit their learning needs. This is homeschooling, in its most simplistic form.
Benefits of homeschooling
Freedom to make the right decisions for your kids
You have full control over the teaching and learning process. In essence, the growth and development of your child is removed from the realm of the “unknown”. You, and you alone, are able to decide what your child needs to do or learn.
Tailoring the curriculum to suit the needs and interests of your child is one of the most obvious benefits of homeschooling. More and more people are contesting the role of governments in brainwashing their kids with cultural and political fluff, and less with educating them. After all, it is the era of identity politics!
Individual attention in detriment of collective standardisation
Individual attention is one of the most prevalent benefits of homeschooling. For instance, if a child needs more time to learn maths, then he or she can reduce the time for his or her English lessons. There are no set learning hours per subject. It is up to you to assess your child’s needs.
Simply put, this means that a child has the advantage of assigning more number of hours to the subject that seems tougher than the other ones, WITHOUT any additional pressure. The amount of time needed to learn each subject will depend on the abilities and interests of the child.
With homeschooling, the schooling process becomes an extended family activity. Parents are more easily involved in every step of the learning cycle. As a result, field trips and experiments become family activities as well as opportunities for the child to have more quality time with his/her parents.
The entire family shares games, chores and projects. Family closeness becomes one of the focus and one of the main benefits of homeschooling. The child is also free of any negative peer pressure throughout his/her decision-making endeavours.
Competition, at least the unfair type, is limited when it comes to homeschooling. The child does not feel pressured to constantly show off his/her abilities and/or capabilities to other children in the neighbourhood. His or her confidence remains intact.
Since parents have a more in-depth understanding of their own children, they can plan for a curriculum that maximises their child’s interests. It is, therefore, more feasible to intersperse difficult tasks with fun activities. A tough hour learning chemistry can be followed by a trip to the nearest zoo.
Learning becomes fun and contextual. While some children learn through reading, others learn through writing, and a few need the visual stimulation of technological resources.
Ethical and religious freedoms
Homeschooling allows parents to take control over the moral and religious learning of the child. Parents have the flexibility to incorporate their beliefs and ideologies into the child’s curriculum. There is no confusion in the child’s mind as far as religious freedoms are concerned.
One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling is that the state’s brainwashing powers are taken away from them.
As reported by SFGATE, students at STATE-RUN Friendswood Junior High in Houston (USA) were required to attend an “Islamic Awareness” presentation during class time allotted for physical education.
The presentation involved two representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization with a track record of Islamist statements and terrorism convictions. According to the students attending this event, they were taught that “there is one God, his name is Allah” and that “Adam, Noah and Jesus are prophets”, which is a clear attempt to indoctrinate and influence them from an early age.
For most parents I know, they are more than willing to respect everyone’s religion as long as their kids don’t get indoctrinated by schools to fulfill the agendas of foreign governments, or of their own governments.
We should never forget that, in western countries, freedom of religion is the right to choose what religion to follow, and to worship, without interference.
This foreign-driven indoctrination happens because of the money that’s being poured into schools and universities by their governments. Rebel Media, in a project with Clarion, reports the unethical, and altogether outrageous, funding of US universities below.
Parents’ concerns over lack of discipline and inadequate distributions
Are your children being pushed too hard or too little? Worrying issues pertaining to discipline and ethics make the school system increasingly less popular. Too often, a classroom will have students that are there simply there because they are obliged to by their parents and the state.
These students will consistently disrupt classes in a way of “protest”. Their interest and motivation for learning is zero.
A considerable number of parents repudiate the educational philosophy of grouping children solely on the basis of their age and/or gender. They are in favour of a education that group students up into level of knowledge in spite of their age, gender, religion or any other parameter.
Resorting to homeschooling is their assurance to assure the quality of their children’s learning.
Whilst both systems of education (traditional schooling and homeschooling) have clear pros and cons, the clear benefits of homeschooling are that parents, or legal guardians, have more freedom to adapt teaching to the needs of their children without compromising discipline, religious freedoms and individual strengths.
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