I wish we could homeschool our daughter

HomeschoolingOur daughter hates going to school although her primary reason is that she doesn’t get to watch as much TV as she does when she is at home. I remember even I used to hate school. My wife on the other hand, used to love going to school. So whenever I raise this topic of homeschooling of her daughter, she vigorously objects saying that the social environment that she gets at school she won’t get at home. She won’t be able to adjust in the real world if she stays at home all the time.

According to this article, homeschooling is growing seven times faster than the enrollment rate in public schools, in America, due to people’s disenchantment with the current schooling system. It says

A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.

And for those who have some doubts regarding the quality of homeschooling, they have more data:

Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.

That’s quite interesting, and I’m not surprised by this revelation. Schools aren’t the way they used to be. Everything is commercialized and the student-teacher relationship is there just for a pretense.

Schooling is a big waste of time. You lose your entire childhood to it. And the the blame goes to the parents because they’re always going the easy way. I believe if kids can study in a free environment they will be smarter and more independent. Regular schooling puts them in a box.

Of course homeschooling isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. I should know. I am self-employed and I know how much discipline you require to make yourself work everyday. Not everybody can do that and that is why we require institutions. Institutions keep us focused. Most of the human beings aren’t used to working on their own and this is where the problem comes from. The same thing can be applied to homeschooling. Are the parents responsible enough?

In the current setup, all you have to do is send your kid to the school for the better part of the day. They come back with homework and somehow you force them to do it. What happens when they don’t get homework? Do you make them study? Of course in most of the cases you don’t. This is the crux of the problem. Current schooling system makes study a burden and that is why we constantly seek respite. Although it somehow educates us, it in no way makes us wise. We always have to seek wisdom on our own.

When you decide to homeschool your kid, study becomes a part of life. It’s more enriching and fulfilling. Out of the regular schooling system, your kid gets more breathing space and she gets ample time to pursue her actual talents. Unless you want to become a doctor or an engineer, I think study is simply an assistive intellectual growth. Once you know how to read and write and solve simple day-to-day mathematical problems, conventional education doesn’t play much role in your overall growth unless you are in a specialized field. Even in a specialized field there is no guarantee that it’s your education that helps you grow. 90% of your professional growth happens outside of school and college. They just give you a false sense of security.

One thought on “I wish we could homeschool our daughter

  1. Nilesh

    agree. if you have time/energy/discipline required to do this, home schooling can be great. social growth can also be taken care of by letting them part in some community activities. like everything else both has some pros/cons.

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