To Homeschool or not to Homeschool
Homeschooling has no doubt seen an increase since the COVID-19 pandemic and the numbers doesn’t show any signs of dwindling any time soon. With the number of parents being either laid off or working remotely many of them choose to homeschool their kids. The reasons for homeschooling differs markedly from 2019 to currently. According to a study by the Institute for Family Studies, the main reasons for homeschooling were concern for safety, drugs and negative peer pressure. Between 2020 and 2021, those reasons may include restrictions, vaccine requirements and mask mandates and parents having more control over what their children learn.
But what are the advantages of swapping traditional education for homeschooling? And is it for everyone? At a time where parental control is vital, one could argue that the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot.
Speaking of long shots, perhaps something as questionable as the vaccines which many parents feel have not been rigorously tested, is another reason why there has been a surge in homeschooling. The uncertainties caused by the pandemic, along with the substantial amounts of time students have lost does not bode well for traditional schools these days either. But these aren’t the only issues that have parents opting out of the traditional system. Among them, is the need for control over what their child is exposed to in their respective school curriculums. For example, critical race theory studies have sparked outrage among parents in the US.
Will the uncertainty of the pandemic change schooling as we know it, forever? As long as family comes first, and as long as parents have the resources to homeschool their kids, who can say.