Homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and around the world. In the US alone, there are now over 2 million children who are homeschooled, representing an annual increase of between 7 and 15 percent. Globally, nearly 40 countries have either banned homeschooling or have restrictive laws in place. So what are the benefits that these children get and do they actually do well on standardized tests, such as the SAT and the ACT?A study of 20,000 homeschooled children revealed that they definitely scored better on tests.
This was particularly evident in children who had been homeschooled up to the high school level. In another study, students studying at home on the SAT test scored about 67 points higher than the national average. One of the main benefits of homeschooling is that parents have a choice of pace and approach when it comes to their child's education. This allows them to focus on topics that may be neglected in traditional schools, such as playtime.
Play is an essential form of learning for children of all ages, and can be taught in just 20 face-to-face hours when students are ready and eager to learn. Another benefit is that parents can choose who their children spend most of their time with. This is important as it has a major influence on their lives. For example, if parents work from home (either part-time or full-time), their children will be able to see how they earn money and what they do with their daily lives.
Homeschooling also allows children to spend more time outdoors than if they attended regular school. This is especially beneficial for those who live in rural areas or have access to nature reserves or parks. Additionally, homeschooling gives children more time to master topics that interest them, rather than having to stick to a rigid curriculum. Christopher Oosthuizen, CambriLearn student & Mensa member, says: “I like to be taught how to think, not what to think. Homeschooling gives you the freedom and flexibility to teach your child the way you want to teach”.
This means that parents can tailor their child's education to suit their individual needs and interests. Parents may also be concerned about their child's socialization when studying at home, but this can be addressed by enrolling them in sports centers or other activities where they can meet new friends. In Malaysia, under the Education Act 1996 (Act 550), primary education in a school is compulsory for all children. However, parents can apply for an exemption and carry out their education at home if the child meets certain board of education requirements, such as completing a national or international curriculum exam. Many Australian families are turning to homeschooling for its myriad benefits, the most compelling of which is its positive influence on the mental health of children learning at home. Having more autonomy can give children who learn at home more self-confidence and continue to benefit them later in life. The following information will help parents know what to expect when homeschooling their children, detailing both the benefits and disadvantages:
- Personalized Education: One of the most important benefits is the personalized education your child will receive through homeschooling.
- Efficient Learning: Homeschooling allows students to learn at their own pace without having to wait for other students or teachers.
- Comfortable Environment: Homeschooling provides a comfortable environment for learning without any distractions.
- Accommodation: Homeschooling allows parents to accommodate their child's individual needs and interests.
- Flexible Schedules: Parents who work from home or have unusual schedules can also benefit from having their children homeschooled to better adapt to their working life.
Parents should consider all these factors before making a decision about whether or not homeschooling is right for them and their family.