1. Make A Change From A Negative School Environment
It is no secret that traditional schooling has its Pros and cons. One of the main reasons parents are switching to homeschooling is to move away from a negative environment that can be fostered in public and private schools. One of the largest factors of a negative school environment is bullying. In part, “bullying is difficult for parents to see because unlike a report card or a letter from a teacher, it is difficult to know if your child is being bullied at school or online by classmates”(Calvert). Often, children who are experiencing bullying may be averse to sharing what is happening to them. Thus, when switching to homeschooling, parents have a more “front seat” view of these incidents, regardless of if they are happening or not. In these circumstances, parents can manage what their children are doing, seeing, and who they’re talking to.
2. Get A More Individualized Education
3. Improve Social Interactions
All children socialize differently and thrive in different social situations. While traditional schooling allows for exposure to other children with diverse backgrounds and attitudes, some parents may want “more tailored social interactions that support their values”(Calvert). Homeschooling allows students to grow and learn in a social environment that works best for them. For example, children that are homeschooled may have extended periods of time they get to play outdoors, rather than sitting in a classroom for a few hours of the day.
4. Support A Learning Disabled Child
5. Educate Children During A Family Relocation To Another State Or Country
While relocation can be a difficult transition for anyone, especially children, one of the main stressors is which new school to attend. Homeschooling may be a switch that parents are looking to make when they foresee relocation. This switch can ensure the child is getting the same level of education, as well as the same consistency of learning during and after the relocation process. Looking at children who come from military families, parents may find it would be easier for their children to not have to worry about forming new relationships at school when they are moving from city to city.
6. Adjust to a Child’s Busy Schedule
7. Cater to a Child’s Health
8. COVID-19 Concerns
Since the emergence of COVID-19, parents have been back and forth on how they would like education to be handled. Some families wanted fewer restrictions in schools and some wished for more. However, both of these desires lead to the consideration of homeschooling. Think Impact reports that “before the COVID-19 Pandemic, 28% fewer parents preferred homeschooling”, which led to “43% more parents became inclined towards homeschooling following the onset of the pandemic”(ThinkImpact). The option of homeschooling allows for parents to not depend on the schools to manage the covid-19 pandemic for their children, but rather manage it themselves.
By Hannah Mangold