Let’s analyze what differs homeschooling from traditional secondary schools. What is it like to be home schooled or attend a traditional school?
A traditional school is an educational institution where lessons are organized into a schedule and taught by teachers according to a definite program. Traditional schools are financed by authority on the basis of taxes paid by parents.
Homeschool is an alternative to customary schools as children are controlled by parents and learn all the material themselves at home, volunteer organizations or via the Internet and have a flexible schedule. All the responsibility for a homeschooler lies on parents so it’s their task to develop lesson plans, control studying and check results.
Pros of Home School
• Children have a flexible schedule and are not restricted to a particular place and time to study
• It allows development of a child’s talent by dedicating more time to enrichment activities
• Such learners obtain real-world experience as they communicate with people working in different fields, of different age, and of different backgrounds
• Studying takes place at learner’s own pace and there is no exhausting homework
• A Higher level of discipline and self-organization. Total freedom allows managing time better.
At the same time, there are some negative effects of home schooling as well including:
• Lack of socializing with peers
• Critical thinking is not so developed
• Additional money on materials is required
• Such kids have fewer friends
Benefits of Traditional schools
A much larger number of people have experienced traditional schooling. Everyone who has been attending school for years can single out why it should be both loved and hated.
• Traditional timetable guarantees that a child will get acquainted with all school subjects beginning with their basics
• Children learn to cope with difficulties faced at school themselves, without the assistance of their parents and that prepares them for an adult life
• Teachers offer a variety of learning methods that will meet requirements of every child
Drawbacks of Traditional Schools
• No motivation to develop
• All the students are placed in the equal positions so more gifted and talented kids have to wait for those who follow behind
• Children are passive listeners and their participation is minimal
• Parents are not usually involved in educational process
• Students make efforts to receive better grades rather than obtain new important knowledge or skills