Many families are choosing to homeschool their children instead of sending them to public or private schools. Over the years, it has been argued that homeschooling children is a less-effective educational option. There are many common arguments against homeschooling, some of which are likely considered the best arguments.
One of the most common arguments against homeschooling is the lack of social interaction children receive. When children are homeschooled, they are typically only around their parents and siblings. Some homeschooled children join a co-op or homeschool group that meets once or twice a month. This provides some social interaction, but many argue it is not enough. Children are not able to develop relationships and learn from each other because there is so little interaction time with other students. Homeschooled children also are not given opportunities to form lasting friendships. Children do not have the opportunities to learn about different cultures, religions and races first hand when homeschooled. Many people argue that this form of isolation leads to culture shock when the child is finally exposed in social settings.
Children who are homeschooled are taught by their parents, typically their mother. Unless the mother is certified in teaching, she may not be equipped to be a teacher. Because of this, some argue that the children will likely receive a subpar education. Traditional schools are believed to offer a better education and learning environment than is offered by homeschooling. The argument here is also that even if a parent has enough knowledge about the subjects, is the parent equipped to be able to teach it effectively?
Effects on the Household
The effect of homeschooling on the household is also an argument against it. Learning in the home can be distracting because of phone calls and visitors. Homeschool critics argue these distractions can hamper children's learning and focus. Many families also suffer from a loss of income. When children are homeschooled, one parent must stay home at all times, which can result in a loss of household income. The parent performing the teaching also has less time for other activities. These effects are all considered negative and are used as arguments against homeschooling.
Another argument is that homeschooled children often have a negative stigma attached to them. This stigma may come in to play, it is argued, when these children apply to join extra-curricular activities and when they attempt to apply for colleges.