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Homeschooling The New Normal

13 March 2021

Introduction 
Conventional education and schooling have been the way forward for a while now until the COVID-19 pandemic kicked in.  It is no secret that quality education forms an essential part in the growth and development of a child. Through education, values, morals and discipline are instilled in a child. The community depends on the upbringing of a child and the education received contributes to it immensely.
Traditional schooling provides a community that students and their tutors depended on for education, growth and development. However, it is now a reality that such a community will not exist for a longer period to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled tutors, parents and students to look for alternatives that will enable learning to continue. The introduction and encouragement of homeschooling has to a larger extent allowed education and learning to continue with minimal interruptions.

Traditional schooling provides a community that students and their tutors depended on for education, growth and development. However, it is now a reality that such a community will not exist for a longer period to come

What is homeschooling?
Homeschooling can simply be defined as home-based education for children under the guidance and direction of parents rather than through the enrollment into conventional public or private schools.  As much as homeschooling has not been publicized and campaigned for that much among the community members, its relevance is being seen. The stringent COVID-19 containment measures and protocols have enabled parents and other education stakeholders to see its relevance.
Is homeschooling the new normal? Parents, tutors and students are dawning to the reality of homeschooling being the new normal. Until the fight against COVID-19 pandemic is won worldwide, homeschooling should be considered the new normal. Conventional schooling provided the students with an avenue to enjoy extracurricular activities while getting the right exposure to the outside world. It is however important not to lose hope as homeschooling like traditional schooling comes with a number of benefits that you should know.

Homeschooling can simply be defined as home-based education for children under the guidance and direction of parents rather than through the enrollment into conventional public or private schools.

Benefits of homeschooling
Emotional freedom
The student under homeschooling has less stress to overcome compared to one in traditional schooling. When a student tries to “fit in” a group, it only leads to peer pressure. The effects of peer pressure to many students are drugs and substance abuse, bullying, poor performance in academics and being ostracized. When you consider homeschooling for your child, such outcomes are avoided. The student is also free to express his or her emotions in homeschooling without the fear of the perception others will have on him or her.

 

No social isolation
As much as social isolation has been a point of criticism when it comes to homeschooling, this is not entirely true. Homeschooling like traditional classes offers an opportunity for the student to interact and engage in extra activities with other kids. Enrolling your child in swimming, gymnastics and music lessons creates the avenue to interact with other kids within the community. Social isolation depends on the decisions made by the parents and uncontrollable outcomes such as the strict protocols to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flexible family schedules
During these uncertain times, both the student and the parent has to work with flexibility. Homeschooling helps the family to come up with schedules that benefits everyone in it. The length of classes can be decided with ease; when to have a break or holiday and the lessons that need more time and attention without affecting the momentum of the learning process. It is also easier for homeschooled kids to enjoy holidays and educational breaks with their families.
Less performance pressures
Conventional schooling is associated with the pressures to performance better than the rest. It is a fact that the concentration levels of kids differ affecting their performances in the long run. Homeschooling helps avoid the confusion in learning at different pace among the kids. There is learning autonomy among homeschoolers than public school kids. Homeschooling allows for special needs of the students to be catered for, weaknesses addressed and strengthens encouraged.

Conclusion
The relevance of conventional schooling can be seen from the well-educated and developed students graduating at different levels. However, there are circumstances that might compel a parent to consider other avenues of educating his or her child. The effects of COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by everyone, and the education sector being among the worst hit. As parents, tutors and students were in a state of uncertainty, the introduction of homeschooling came about to save the day. Homeschooling has proven to be the best option in educating students until things get back to normal. With the current situation, one can confidently say that homeschooling is the new normal!

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