Homeschooling is a popular alternative to traditional education for parents who want more control over their children’s education. However, it has been debated for many years, with some people looking down on homeschooling parents and students. After a mother asked an online parenting forum for honest reasons, these are what people confessed.
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1. Limited Socialization Opportunities
According to several thread contributors, homeschooled children may not have as many opportunities to socialize with their peers. For example, a parent stressed the importance of socialization and pointed out that it’s much more challenging to make friends if children aren’t around other kids during the day.
A second suggested that socializing is essential to a child’s learning and development and that homeschooling may not be the right environment to foster those traits.
2. Lack of Diversity
Limited exposure to diversity is another reason people look down on homeschooling. Homeschooling parents may not have the resources or the inclination to expose their children to people from different backgrounds and cultures.
An individual sarcastically commented that homeschooling is excellent for parents who want their children to grow up in a bubble without real-world experience.
3. Poor Quality of Education
The quality of education that homeschooled children receive garnered concern. For example, somebody revealed that many homeschooled children they have met “severely lack” basic science and math skills.
Another noted that homeschooling parents might not have the expertise or resources to teach specific subjects effectively.
4. Lack of Accountability
Homeschooling is often subject to less oversight than traditional schooling. As a result, concerned parents expressed that homeschooling parents may not be held accountable for the quality of education their children receive. One such person asked, who ensures the kids learn what they need to know?
5. Sheltered Upbringing
Homeschooled children may not be exposed to certain aspects of the world that traditional schooling provides. Several worried that this sheltered upbringing could limit a child’s perspective and leave them unprepared for the real world. One even suggested that homeschooling can create sheltered, naive, and socially awkward individuals.
6. Religious Indoctrination
Often, homeschooling parents choose to teach their children from a religious perspective. While this is a personal choice, several users expressed concern that it can lead to religious indoctrination.
Many in the thread implied that homeschooling could be used to indoctrinate children with religious beliefs that may not be based in reality.
7. Lack of Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are essential to education, but homeschooling may not provide the same opportunities as traditional schooling. Many people worry that homeschooled children might miss important activities like sports teams, music programs, and drama clubs.
8. Lack of Critical Thinking Skills
Have you met someone who lacked critical thinking skills? One believed homeschooling might be great for rote memorization but will not necessarily teach children to think critically. Others agreed, stating that critical thinking is essential for success in many areas of life.
9. Overprotective Parenting
Do you think that homeschooling may be a sign of overprotective parenting? Many do. One alleged that homeschooling is often done by parents who intend to shelter their children from the world as a means of control. Another added that sheltering could limit a child’s ability to grow and develop independently.
10 Lack of Preparedness For the Real World
Finally, several thread contributors suggested that homeschooled children may be unprepared for the real world. They believe that homeschooled children can struggle to adapt to the demands of college or the workplace.
Others chimed in, stating that traditional schooling provides children with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in the real world.
This article was originally published on STEM Education Guide.