It is necessary for children to study. The role of the parents in choosing which institution they would allow their child to learn is very crucial and at the same time very difficult. There are a lot of factors to consider. Parents should take into consideration the offered curriculum, tuition fees, and even the menial things such as location, number of students per class, and schedule. Among the myriad of things to consider, let us focus on one of the most important aspect that has a long term effect on the students. Let us talk about their health and welfare. In which form of schooling does a student become happier and healthier?
There are two prevalent forms of schooling, attending a traditional school and homeschooling. Both are technically aimed to raise a well rounded and educated person. But, traditional schools differ from homeschooling in terms of how to realize and attain the said goal. Let us take a closer look at every aspect with the health and welfare of the students as the point of comparison.
CURRICULUM. Traditional schools already have a set curriculum for a particular school year. In fact, a traditional school could be known for the kind of curriculum they are using. For example, there is the widely popular Montessori type of learning, Piagetian, child development, progressive schools and many more. But the thing with this preset curriculum in traditional schools is that once you have enrolled your child, you are likely to conform to what they have to teach your child and how they plan to teach it. While in homeschooling, you have the power to tailor fit the subjects and the manner in which you plan to teach your child. You can always make adjustments according to the interests and learning style of your child as your study progresses.
SCHEDULE. Traditional schools have a strict schedule to follow. This means they have to go on with the planned lesson or activity with or without your child. This is one of the disadvantages of traditional schools. A class is composed of several students. A teacher will not repeat a day’s worth of lessons for a few students at the expense of the entire class. Homeschooling must also follow a well planned schedule. It is not right to think that because it is homeschool, you already have that much freedom in terms of the schedule. As a responsible homeschool parent, you should be diligent enough to guide your child to proper learning with the right pace or schedule for learning.
SOCIAL LIFE. Traditional schools, as we all know, are comprised of several students in a class. Students get to interact with one another in every class activity, during breaks and even other extracurricular activities. Most of their peers would basically be those whom they have spent most of their time with in school. Homeschooling on the other hand, only has the parent or sibling, if there are any, as the child’s companion almost all throughout the learning process. But there would also be activities where the child could mingle with other people. This is through community events or classes held to further improve the talents of the younger generation.
Even with just these three aspects, it can be easily deduced that in a traditional school, the child or the student has to conform to what has already been the standard of the school. While in homeschooling, the parent has more control on what the child could learn and how the child will learn it. Now, let us go back to the main question: are homeschoolers happier and healthier than kids who go to traditional school? Based on the discussion above, it is just logical to say that homeschoolers have greater chances of being happier and healthier than kids who go to traditional school. No one else knows what is best for a child than his or her own parent.
In the three aforementioned aspects, homeschoolers can have a more enjoyable learning experience because they get to focus on what interests them, and the parents can adjust their teaching method according to how their child learns the fastest. If the child is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic type of learner, the parent can easily tailor fit the teaching method for maximum knowledge retention. In terms of the schedule, the child need not be stressed or worried about missing any important lesson or activity. With regard to social life, there is a great debate about how homeschoolers are being left out socially. There is a big notion that homeschoolers do not have a social life, while students in traditional schools are having the best time of their childhood life. That is just a misconception. Homeschoolers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy their childhood with their family, their friends, neighbors, and other people that they meet.
To cap it all, homeschoolers are happier and healthier because parents know what’s best for their child. Teachers, on the other hand, are also well adept at what a child or student needs, however, their attention is divided to several students in the class. If a child is learning well and he or she feels good or happy about it, then that child is presumed to have an almost stress free life. Knowing how to handle pressure in life makes homeschoolers healthier because of the flexibility of homeschooling. Children who are exposed to different kinds of stressful elements have a tendency to be unhappy and unhealthy. Some of the things that may bring stress to children are not getting enough sleep and having to wake up very early to get ready for school, traveling to and from the school, and sometimes even dealing with unpleasant experiences or bullies in school. Learning must never be stressful for any child. Instead, it should be an enjoyable experience. That is why homeschooling parents have an edge because they can make sure that their homeschoolers are happy and healthy in all aspects. Parents can give more attention to their children’s spiritual well-being, emotional stability, physical fitness, social life, and at the same time ensure that their children’s academic intelligence also constantly improves.