There are myths about education that necessarily become myths about homeschooling because they are closely related. We’ll debunk the following myths about homeschooling in this post
- Homeschooling is expensive
- School is the only route to exam success and university
- Homeschooling is simply doing school at home
- Homeschooled children won’t be socialised
- People who homeschool or were homeschooled are weird
- Homeschooling takes up loads of time
The Biggest Myths About Homeschooling
Most myths and misconceptions about homeschooling come from a lack of understanding of what homeschooling is and what it is not. Homeschooling is simply a parent or guardian providing their children with an education. In homeschooling, we can do this in a loving, responsive, supportive environment rather than in a school.
The myths about homeschooling likely stem from lack of understanding as to what the school system is and why it’s there. The school system came about to school the masses for factory work or the army, whatever workers were required. It’s a system that allows parents to go back to work and pay taxes.
Schooling and education are not the same thing. This is why so many (particularly in the UK) prefer the term “home education” over “home schooling.”
Mass schooling absolutely does suit some children and some families. This model is mostly passive with teachers trying to impart knowledge. It works for some, it worked for me.
In home education, we want something different for our kids. We want to spend our time with them and give them more freedom to learn. Homeschooling or home education is a lifestyle as well as an educational style.
Within homeschooling there are various methods, unschooling, worldschooling, wildschooling, there are many families homeschooling differently. Within more structured homeschooling there in Montessori, Charlotte Mason, classical and faith-based styles. Homeschooling varies tremendously.
Is homeschooling expensive?
Can homeschooled kids sit exams and go to university?
Is homeschooling doing school at home?
How do homeschooled kids learn social skills?
Are homeschoolers weird?
Does homeschooling take up loads of time?
I hope I’ve managed to clear a few things up. I’ve homeschooled my kids for over a decade, they now have good exam passes, jobs, they volunteer and are taking higher studies. I’ve been through the process and encountered the critics. These myths about homeschooling are common in the general population and we can’t really pass blame onto people for not knowing. We all learn through life, we’re not born knowing everything and now, hopefully, I’ve added some knowledge about education and homeschooling. Thanks for reading. If you have any other homeschooling myths please leave them in the comments.