Home Schooling vs. Traditional Schooling: Pros and Cons

By | August 29, 2017

Whether you’re enrolling your child in one of the best international schools in the Philippines, or putting him/her in homeschool – there are still a lot of factors to weigh down in order to secure his/her education today and in the long run.

Hence, without further ado, here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of both homeschooling and traditional schools to help you decide which may be best for your child.

Homeschooling: It’s Pros and Cons

Homeschooling offers both the parents and the children various benefits that’s essential in their relationship as parent-child, and the child’s future, as well. While this may be true, it’s also important to be informed of the cons that goes along with these particular benefits. These includes the following:

 The Pros

  • It allows the parents to provide an exceptional education to their children in the form of extending standard curriculums. This may include attending club sessions that can help hone their potentials in a particular talent.
  • It allows the children to be exposed in realistic experiences such as participating in community volunteering opportunities or joining church activities or groups.
  • It allows the student a one-on-one learning experience which can help them learn better and faster.
  • It does not require any mandatory learning materials, and uniforms that the child should possess or wear.
  • It allows more time for the family which both the kids and the parents can enjoy most.
  • It allows the parents instill values in accord to their religion.

The Cons

  • It subjects the child to stay at home for the most time of the day, especially if the parents are out at work. This, then, causes the child to be unaware of the natural things that most kids experience outdoors. More so, it has lesser opportunities to improve a child’s socialization skills that may affect him/her in the later part of life.
  • The child is not able to experience outside-the-family recognition for his/her good work
  • Homeschoolers are still having a hard time in adjusting their learning curriculum in order to pass standardized tests.
  • It is time consuming for parents as they still need to seek other means in order to provide better learning materials to their children, and abide to the standard academe trend.

Traditional Schooling: It’s Pros and Cons

Similar to homeschooling, traditional schooling offers a variety of benefits to both the children and the parents, however, in a different manner. More so, it also includes some cons that may affect the parent-child relationship given their exposure to a different environment. To be specific, here are the pros and cons of traditional schooling:

The Pros

  • It allows the child to experience the real world through interacting with different people. More so, he/she is able to develop essential socialization skills through group works and several school activities that is beneficial in negotiating with people as he/she grows into an adult.
  • It allows the child to explore different enrichment activities that is included in the school curriculum, may it be music and arts, academic activities, or sports. From there, he/she will able to discover what particular talent he/she has, which the school can help him/her nourish.
  • It allows the parents to work full time, which then enables them to provide better opportunities to their child.
  • It allows the child to improve better, given that there’s a standard performance evaluation that is being conducted to determine his/her progress at school.

The Cons

  • Given that the child has a schedule to follow, the family is then dedicated to that particular schedule. In return, it makes traveling limited since there are only specific days that they can make use of.
  • Traditional schooling may be expensive for the family, given that aside from tuition and miscellaneous fees, this also includes mandatory school uniforms, learning materials, and particular expenditures in various school activities.
  • Traditional schooling may include common learning-disruptions such as a chaotic class which may not help the child learn better.

Key Takeaway

While these pros and cons may be true, homeschooling and traditional schooling may still vary in the actual environment that the child is being placed in.

More so, it is still within the parent’s jurisdiction to help the child further nourish his/her inner potentials and guide him/her through his/her learning years.

About the Author

Kathleen Calado – The IT girl next door who loves travel and photography. Passionate about make-ups and a frustrated dancer. Her dream is to travel all around the world and write a blog for every country that she visits.

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