Why School-based Education is Better Compared to Homeschooling
Updated: Oct 4, 2021
School-based education includes preschools and childcare centres, where a child is put into a structured learning environment with the opportunities to interact and play with peers of the same age.
Whereas homeschooling provides children with a different learning environment, one that caters to the learning pace of the individual themselves. Often, parents would take up the role of the primary educator.
Having social skills helps the young ones to learn how to process and respond to emotions from their surroundings. In a preschool setting, children have frequent opportunities to develop and strengthen their communication skills. Through communication with others, children attain a better understanding and acceptance of self and individualism. From taking instructions from the teacher to sharing toys with their classmates, children will be able to learn social cues and body language. This helps them to understand the world around them better, starting from the little things such as group dynamics.
The development of social skills that arise from day to day interactions allow children to build healthier and better relationships in the present and future and aids in greater ease of adaptation to different social settings. Undeveloped social skills could potentially lead to behavioural issues, inability to interact with people, and contribute to a sense of isolation from the world around them.
Healthy amounts of social interaction with peers of the same age and the world may not be as easily achieved when the child is home schooled.
You may be leaning towards homeschool care due to its benefits: teaching methods catered specifically to your child’s needs and pace, having greater control of the values and skills your child will learn and pick up, along with flexibility of daily teaching schedules. Basically you would be able to spend more time in building a healthy relationship with your child, and have a hundred percent involvement in your child’s development, so why not homeschool instead?
Though there is greater flexibility in teaching and determining your child’s curriculum, it requires a significant amount of time and responsibility for you as a parent to teach a broad range of subjects to your child. Furthermore a challenge you would have to overcome would be the line you have to draw in being both a parent AND a teacher to your child.
Also, when you tailor the curriculum and learning experience to suit your child’s individual learning pace, your child may not be able to fit into future school learning environments due to differences in learning speeds. Your child might not be able to cope with the stress when they enter a public institution in the future. You would need to intentionally create and find opportunities for your child to be well-exposed to different situations and settings in order for them to thrive well in the future. Maybe homeschooling your child may not be as desirable as it seems.
Childcare centres and preschools are well equipped with facilities for learning for your child. Given their age-focused curriculums, the teachers are professionally adept and are able to teach, educate and help your child develop.
Here are some benefits childcare centres provide better than parents.
Professional and high-quality childcare programs help to create and develop healthy and caring relationships between children, teachers and parents.
In schools, teachers make time and the opportunity for the little ones to engage in “teachable moments” where they teach and help children to manage their emotions better. Childhood educators may not necessarily step in to resolve conflict among children. When the conflicts arise, they monitor the situation and provide precious opportunities for the children to overcome their problems, intervening when necessary. Conflicts are important to help a child practise skills such as the ability to compromise and training their patience and problem-solving abilities. They encourage mistakes and for the child to notice the impact of their mistakes on another.
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Integration into Society
Children that are homeschooled will not have sufficient opportunities to be exposed to situations of peer pressure and bullying, as they do not have enough interactions with peers of the same age and the world. Being unable to cope in such situations could potentially lead to poorer academic performance and lower self-esteem.
With children who were homeschooled having a smaller circle of friends, they had lesser interactions with different groups of kids within the same age group.
School environments are definitely important in exposing children to the world at a young age. It is vital to immerse children in different social situations and to help them foster their own independence in the world. Being able to develop life skills such as stress management will help them to be able to cope better in the ‘real world’ in the future.
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