6 benefits of home schooling that I have experienced
Home schooling is a very real option for an excellent education path for students K-12, it is a 21st century method that is sweeping our country very fast, especially in North Texas.
The biggest advantages that I have seen, first hand, for home schooling are
1. Home Schoolers advance at their own rate:
This is the first and biggest advantage a student has. Students are advancing fast, slow or at a normal rate and they do not get bored, they do not become a source of distraction for other students in the classroom. Class sizes are much smaller, so the teacher has more time for personalized attention.
2. Mom and Dad, are actively involved in the student’s education
I have always encouraged my student’s parents to be actively involved. Students that have their parents involved, perform at a higher level and get better grades.
3. Students participate in creating their own schedule
I can tell that my students are proud of being directly responsible for setting their own paths of learning. They understand the importance of all the subjects they have to learn and master. I also noticed that the majority of my students have a clear understanding of where they want to be when they grow up and what careers they want to follow.
4. Students get a variety of teaching styles and points of view from their teachers:
Because they are partly taught by Dad or mom and subsequently exposed to other volunteers or experienced teachers, students can appreciate different points of view and have the ability to form their own conclusions and become active learners.
5. Students become more respectful and appreciative of their teachers:
This is a selfish benefit, but I appreciate the respect that my students have for me. As a young student in Bolivia, my native country, respect and good conduct towards adults and teachers was paramount. We had to earn a grade for this “subject”. It is refreshing to see that this is still true in Home Schooling Groups.
6. Grades and tests are important but not the only reason for learning:
I have also noticed, and I persistently tell my students that grades and tests are important, but the ultimate test is the student’s own evaluation and feeling that he or she has learned the lessons, the concepts and the experiences of the subject. My students have learned to take responsibility for their own education.
As a parent, I believe our responsibility is to make the right choice of an education path for our children. We have 3 choices for our students, public education, private education, and home-schooling education. Please make the right and well-informed choice.
If you would like more information on this subject, please contact me at:
Prof. Carlos Roncal is the School Principal at FIS Home Schooling Group, A Knowledge Unit of Frisco International School. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org