Public schools have been struggling for years and the lack of special educational needs resources has led to parents opting to homeschool their children. Other reasons include an inflexible curriculum and parental dissatisfaction with the school environment. In addition, the negative image of homeschooling is associated with rich jet-setters, mommy bloggers, and parents who don’t want their kids to mix with other kids. However, there are a number of valid reasons to consider homeschooling your child.
The hostile environment of public schools
Homeschooling in the UK has become increasingly popular in recent years. The country now has the second-highest number of homeschooled kids in the world behind the United States. Over the last few years, the number of homeschooled children in the UK has increased by more than thirteenfold. This represents a significant shift in educational philosophy.
Many parents choose homeschooling because of a negative school environment. Some examples include bullying by other children and humiliation by a teacher. Another reason is the lack of resources for special education. Additionally, many parents have reported a lack of flexibility in the curriculum. In addition, homeschooling is often associated with rich jet-setters and mommy bloggers. It can also affect their relationships.
Lack of support
When it comes to homeschooling in the UK, many families face a lack of support. State schools have been struggling for years and many parents feel that they cannot provide the best educational environment for their children. Other reasons for parents choosing to homeschool include the lack of special educational needs resources and inflexible curriculums. Unfortunately, homeschooling often evokes negative stereotypes, such as mommy blogs, jet-setter parents, and parents who don’t want their children to mix with other children. The reality is quite different.
While the UK has few long-term studies on homeschooling, there are many positive aspects. The literature indicates that homeschooled children perform as well or better than their peers on national tests. Furthermore, homeschooled children are more socially competent than their school-going peers. Despite the lack of formal support for homeschooling, parents can find opportunities to connect with their communities and meet other homeschooling parents.
It is cost-effective
There are many factors to consider before deciding to homeschool your child. Although the cost of homeschooling is quite low in the UK, paying for the required resources and GCSE exams for your child is still necessary. A typical student may take six to twelve exams. The cost of private tutors is another factor that may be an added expense.
There are many places that offer discounted or free admission to homeschooling parents. Many of these places also have annual passes for home educators. However, the cost of these passes will depend on the number of children you are planning to homeschool. There are also some places that require advanced booking.
Homeschooling helps to build sibling relationships
The study looked at the experiences of working mothers during the summer 2020 lockdown and included open-ended questions circulated on social media. Its participants were largely white, married working mothers with higher education levels. Findings revealed that juggling homeschooling and childcare while working was associated with feelings of stress, guilt and worry about the child’s well-being.
While some parents attempt to teach their children themselves, it can be time-consuming and strain relationships between parent and child. Homeschooling requires a lot of guidance and interaction from tutors.