The public school system vs homeschooling

The educational system today hasn’t changed its model for hundreds of years.

Sitting on a desk in an overcrowded classroom is a tired teacher who is doing her best with the limited resources that she is given. Everyone must look at the board and do the same thing. Like little machines.

The system in place is a publicly-funded system where, in every American classroom, groups of about 28 students of roughly the same age are taught by one teacher, usually in an 800 square-foot room.

Having said that, it is not unheard of that a teacher would have over 35 students in her charge.

This system was created in the early 1900s. This was a very different time, with very different mindsets and needs.

In 1900, only 17% of all jobs required so-called knowledge workers, whereas over 60% do today.

The system at the time, taught students in batches, the same way, to prepare them for factory work. Everyone adhering to the same rules, everyone doing the same thing, everyone thinking the same way. A hundred years ago, this system might have worked fine in preparing youth for the workforce, but today, not very much so.

There are other factors that hinder public school students as well. There are those who have language barriers, as the school that they are attending isn’t in their native language. There are those afflicted with mental health disorders, there are the slower learners vs the faster learners, etc.

The current teaching style of creating “future factory workers and followers” no longer applies to today’s world.

Not everyone has the privilege of sending their kids to private schools

The next best thing, in my opinion, is to homeschool. When you homeschool, you can tailor the teaching methods to fit your child’s way of learning. Not everyone is made to sit at a desk and stare at a board for half a day. Some people learn best by doing, others by seeing, and others by hearing. Some kids have a hard time sitting down for long periods of time and others love it. Everyone has their own learning pace. When you homeschool, this pace is respected, nurtured. They will never experience the terrible anxiety and trauma of bullying, drugs, tired teachers, overcrowded classrooms. The child’s learning pace is no longer “a problem”. You can nurture their strengths and gently work on their weaknesses. your child is no longer a number in a system of " learning by batches". From my own experience, homeschooling revitalizes the joy of learning, reading, writing and research. Yes, some adjustments have to be made in terms of work scheduling. Successful homeschooling is a team effort with the adults around the child’s life. Some parents opt to hire tutors, and others opt to choose jobs where they can work from home. Some parents team up with other homeschooling parents to help each other out. It might sound like a hassle at first, but essentially, once you get organized, it becomes a new normal. A normal that provides children with a safe and healthy environment. It’s all about lifestyle choices.

Why not teach children to enjoy learning itself? Why not teach them that learning doesn’t stop when school is out?

Education should be something that kids enjoy doing because of their curiosity about the world.

Kids have a natural motivation to want to succeed. All kids have the potential to lead someday. As adults, it is our job to nurture it.

This attitude of “school is out for summer, let’s burn all the books”, is one that will breed a way of thinking that learning stops when school is over. This is simply not true.

As previously mentioned, because of outside factors, I made a decision to homeschool my kids. Their mental health and learning success depended on it. Through this experience, I discovered that learning doesn’t stop during the summer. Books are not thrown out, they are kept.

Learning is fun and never stops.

As long as they keep asking questions, every question they ask is a great opportunity to learn something about the world.

This will have a ripple effect on their minds when they reach adulthood. They will always continue to want to learn more as opposed to stopping the learning curve as soon as they graduate. We no longer live in the era of factory work, the best and most important jobs out there require people to keep doing continuing education, get updated on the newest trends and discoveries. Learning doesn’t stop just because you got a job, finished school or have the summer off.

Learning is not a chore when done right

Does Homeschooling mean that kids will lack social skills?

Homeschooling doesn’t mean that the kids are home all day and never interact with anyone. It’s quite the opposite. Because teaching your kids is a one on one event, there is no need to take the whole day for school curriculum. There are no distractions, no waiting times, no other kids who disrupt the learning process. Usually, I start in the morning and by lunchtime, we have done more than enough material for the day. This leaves tons of room for healthy social interactions, sports, outdoor times, outings and so on. I can even schedule some time for work. When you homeschool, you take every opportunity to teach children. Besides the adult outings and day to day interactions, there are tons of science, space, art museums and sometimes they give discounts to homeschooled kids. There are homeschooling groups in almost every city which also provide great social interactions not only for the children but for the parents to meet like-minded people as well. You create a community for yourself where learning takes on a whole new meaning.

Bullying, another failure of the educational system

There is often a disconnect between young people’s experience of bullying and what the adults see. Also, adults often don’t know how to respond when they do recognize bullying.

Many prevention programs have been tested in schools with modest results. Others have failed to make a difference. Researchers are still working on solutions to this complex problem.

National Bullying Statistics

(According to stop bullying.org)

Bullying has long term effects on children’s mental health, way into adulthood.

According to the archives of disease in childhood, a study of the long term effects of bullying has been conducted and it was found that Children who were victims of bullying have been consistently found to be at higher risk for common somatic problems such as colds, or psychosomatic problems such as headaches, stomach aches or sleeping problems, and are more likely to take up smoking. 3940 Victims have also been reported to more often develop internalizing problems and anxiety disorder or depression disorder.

The problem of bullying is still rampant within the school system today.

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