Arguments Against Homeschooling
Arguments against homeschooling are just as valid as those for homeschooling. Homeschooling can be a great way to teach your child, or if done incorrectly, it could ruin your child’s ability to function in society. While many people report success stories, there are stories about homeschooled children that are horrifying and shocking.
One common argument against homeschooling is that homeschooling creates an incredible amount of isolation for the child. Instead of being surrounded by children their own age, many homeschooled children are lucky to see other students their age once a week, usually during sports or music practices, field trips, family gatherings, or religious events. As a result, homeschooled children can find it difficult interacting with new people, understanding social norms, or knowing about current trends among children their age. If a child is naturally shy, homeschooling may permanently hamper their social lives as adults.
Parents as teachers
Another argument against homeschooling is that parents lack the expertise needed to homeschool their child, especially if parents have limited education themselves. A credentialed teacher must take several courses on planning lessons and learn specific strategies for teaching reading and math as well as managing student behavior. If a parent does not have formal training and no personal experience in topics and subjects that they will be teaching their child, then they do not have the knowledge to effectively teach these topics.
Learning to deal with other authority figures could be challenging for homeschooled children if their parents are not firm and consistent in the homeschooling. Homeschooled children are expected to be independent, self-directed learners and if the parent does not help build these skills and always gives into the whims of the child, then the children will expect to be able to interact with other adults in the same manner.
Gaps in scope and sequence
One of the reasons to homeschool your child is that you have complete control over what your child learns as well as how that learning takes place. If you’re not using an accredited homeschooling program and have not created a plan or home school schedule to follow, then there will be gaps in the scope and sequence of the information being taught. Instead of learning the facts, concepts, and information that their peers are learning, homeschooled children are at the mercy of what their parents deem important. Examples of this are those adults with extremely skewed viewpoints based upon inaccurate facts or ugly biases that teach their children this information as if it were fact.