As with anything, home education has its disadvantages. Here is a candid look at homeschooling pros and cons:
|Children are taught according to their learning styles and interests.||Parents must help children improve upon their weaknesses and not just cater to their strengths.|
|Parents have more control over how and what their children are taught.||Parents take on sole responsibility for their children's education.|
|Children can progress slowly or quickly, according to their abilities.||Parents may feel inadequate to address the needs of gifted and special needs students.|
|Schedules revolve around family and allow time to bond with parents and siblings.||Extended time with family can strain tense relationships or lead to burnout on the part of the teaching parent.|
|Flexible schedules allow time for breaks, field trips, vacations.||Family crises, illness and lax supervision by parents can interfere with learning.|
|Curriculum for an entire year costs less than 1 month of private school tuition.||Parents must purchase own materials and still pay public school taxes.|
|Children spend time in a diverse, real world environment.||Parents must search for activities such as sports and music that are easily accessible at school.|
|Parents can transmit their values to children and shelter them from negative influence.||Parents must give children increasing independence and a chance to learn to stand for their values.|
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