Because there are pros and cons to everything.
Sometimes the public schools in your hometown are not doing their job (see 10 Things High School Freshmen Need to Know). And sometimes they are. Whatever the case, many families have turned to homeschooling as an effort to better prepare their kids for college. Here’s a list of the Pros and Cons of Homeschooling. Feel free to share your thoughts.
1. Students get lots of one-on-one time with parent
2. Students can delve into material that would be neglected in a large class
3. Attention to detail in a variety of subjects
4. “Atomic wedgies” are the responsibility of siblings, meaning their frequency and execution significantly plummets
5. Interaction tends to stick to other homeschoolers in forums and meet-ups, helping kids find others with similar interests
6. Students gain better writing skills, sometimes in the process of writing a Tolkein-inspired fantasy novel
7. Sports activities can still be participated in, sometimes when other kids have school
1. Interaction tends to stick to other homeschoolers in forums and meet-ups, leading to a sense of superiority and making it hard to find others with similar interests
2. Parents must be stay-at-home and are often “cool” parents, so if you’re not a “cool” parent you may find them difficult to relate to. If you don’t know what a “cool” parent is you’re not one
3. Students can delve into role-playing games that would be neglected in a large class
4. Students, parents and siblings wind up trapped in the house together for long periods of time
5. If they return to a traditional classroom, students are woefully unprepared for the various pranks and jokes they will be subjected to
6. Students gain better snark, sometimes in the process of writing a paper their parent wants them to complete
7. Science Fairs have a lot of Legos present for some reason
8. Sports activities are not quite as competitive when all players have read the entirety of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and analyzed it with their parent
It’s worth noting that Southern Boulevard’s creator was home schooled with his brother for a few years and holds the homeschoolers he knows in high regards. They’re often passionate about learning, good athletes and standardized test scorers, and, for any non-homeschoolers wishing I dug in harder, I know one is now running for a government position somewhere.
Do you know someone home schooled? Were you homeschooled? Thinking about it? Feel free to comment below.