The fall of 2012 was the start of my junior year in high school. I had had kind of a rough summer and was not ready to go back to school. From the day school started in August to the end of October, I was bullied every day because of my faith. I tried to remember 1 Peter 3:13-17, and how God is faithful to those who “suffer for doing good, but I was tired of being put down constantly by the people I thought were my friends.
One day I had had enough and went home crying and I talked to my parents about what to do and we decided we would try home schooling. I have a lot of friends in my youth group that are home schooled and they had told me all positive things about it. The first month was very difficult to get adjusted to the work style of being home schooled, but once I got the hang of it, I actually learned a lot more than I could have at a public school with 30 other students in a classroom and one teacher. I am blessed more than words can say to have parents that have worked with me and that have cared for me enough to help me through this process. It’s not perfect, but I would never go back to a public school after having such a wonderful experience through home schooling.
Here are five pros and cons to help you see if this could be a good option for you.
- You have no immediate social interaction.
It can be hard not to see your friends every day, BUT, there are tons of Co-Op classes. Basically, you meet with a teacher and a few other students once or twice a week and bring your work to do at home.
- Responsibility is thrown on you.
If you don’t do the work, then won’t graduate on time. It’s all up to you to succeed.
- You are constantly playing defense.
People will want to know what grade you are in, where you are going to college, if you plan on ever going (back) to school, what you do to “learn how to get along with others” and basically just want to make sure you aren’t weird. It is hard to avoid being on the defensive.
- More pressure on your parents.
Learning outside of a school environment can consume a lot of mom or dad’s time. It is very difficult to focus on a job and create a schooling schedule.
- Standing out can be hard.
Like any activity that challenges mainstream thinking, homeschooling may be seen as an oddity, or even as a threat to those who are unable to accept ordinary parents succeeding where trained professionals often fail. If you are unable to live “outside of the box,” then homeschooling is not for you.
- Opportunity for academic AND spiritual growth.
Almost all home school programs are Christian-based so all of the curriculums will be helpful in a spiritual sense not only an educational sense.
- Responsibility is thrown on you (take two).
Even though it can be a negative, if the student is willing to take on the responsibility then they will grow and mature in ways that they might not have otherwise.
- You can go as fast or slow as you want.
Every student has an academic weakness and mine is math. Luckily, I am now able to take my time in that class so I can make sure I understand everything. On the other hand, I am pretty good in English so I can zip right through those classes.
- Your schedule is much more flexible.
Right now, I am trying to save money for college so I am working quite a bit. To get extra hours, I am able to work during the day and do my schoolwork when I get off that evening. Flexibility is a huge positive about home schooling.
- You have so many more options available.
Most homeschooled students have the choice to study and learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. It’s cool to be able to decide your own schedule in a way that works for you and your interests.