There are many takeaways from the 2014 Austin Education Conference. Amidst all the talks on teaching techniques and classroom management, there was also discourse on homeschooling.
Homeschooling is an option that’s been around since the 1970s. It’s when parents elect to educate their children at home instead of sending them to school. There are particular reasons as to why they choose this.
Some reasons would be dissatisfaction with the educational institutions in the area and the personal belief that their children would learn better in a homeschool setting.
Why Choose Homeschooling For Your Child?
One of the most significant boons of homeschooling is its flexibility in regards to scheduling. Parents, their children, and the instructors are free to decide on when they’ll be conducting lessons.
Homeschooling also allows the parents to spend more time with their children as they don’t need to leave the house to learn.
Homeschooling is also a viable option for parents who care for children with disorders that make it difficult for them to interact with other children. For example, children with social anxiety may be able to learn more effectively in a homeschool setting.
What Are Some Downsides Of Homeschooling?
But, of course, homeschooling also comes with disadvantages. Children who go through homeschooling may miss out on the social aspect of a school. They miss a lot of chances to make new friends or go out with other schoolmates.
Also, it will be up to the parents and instructor to reprimand the children when they’re unruly. What would usually be the job of the teacher at school now becomes a job for the parents. It can be very demanding, especially for parents who already have a lot of other work on their plate.
With the pros and cons laid down in the 2014 Austin Education Conference, it’s up to the parents to make a decision. Is homeschooling really what your children need?