Pros and cons of homeschooling

What if the average cost to educate a child was over $5,000 but you could drop it to just over $500 per child? According to a really old (1997) report on homeschooling, you could do just that by taking your child out of public school and schooling them at home.

Last winter, after several days off school with bitter-cold temperatures, coupled with a few serious cases of cabin fever, I posted on Facebook that I was “feeling overwhelmed” (appropriate emoticon included) about trying to keep my cooped-up kids from fighting with each other for hours, and I wondered aloud (or at least on Facebook) how homeschooling parents handled being with their kids all day — every day.

Well, let me tell you, I innocently fanned some flames. Anecdotal evidence and opinions were fired back and forth including topics such as socially awkward homeschooled kids, the terrible public schools that we have to send our kids to now, parents using school as a babysitting service, and people who shelter their kids too much.

You get the idea.

But as the comments died down, I got curious: What are the benefits of homeschooling, and what are the downsides? What are the financial benefits and downsides?

[Note: I was able to find some research on homeschooling. However, the person who compiled the report I read felt that the design of the studies did not actually prove that homeschooling caused the benefits homeschooled kids exhibit. Citing a need for further studies, he also said that homeschooling could not be proved to be more negative than public schools.]

What We Know for Sure

Homeschooling is becoming more popular each year in the United States and other countries around the world. In addition, homeschooling households are diverse, covering a variety of religions, political leanings, parent education level, and household incomes.

Characteristics of Homeschooled Kids

According to the research I found, homeschooled kids score above their peers on standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT. They are actively involved with activities outside their family such as volunteer opportunities, sports or music activities, field trips, and clubs.

As adults, they attend more public meetings and participate in local community service more often than the general population. They also succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than students who attend public school.

The Pros of Homeschooling

So why is homeschooling associated with some academic success? Since I don't homeschool my children, I reached out to some friends who do. These are the reasons they homeschool (some are for academic reasons and some are not):

1. Educational flexibility. Homeschooling parents have the ability to customize the education plan to their child's unique interests and learning styles. Maybe some parents have a wiggler who does well in a hands-on environment with one-on-one instruction and the same wiggler would have difficulty following classroom rules. As far as curriculum is concerned, some states have stricter regulations of what must be covered; but in general, parents have great flexibility in exercising educational freedom. One of my friends has a son who loves robotics and is on a robotics team. Another friend requires her children to attend a Toastmasters meeting.

2. Flexible schedule. Families can go on vacation when it is less expensive. Also, attending museums during the school days means fewer people are present. If children are sick, the content could easily be rearranged to fill another time slot.

3. Efficiency. In a classroom of 20 kids, there is a wide spectrum of behavior and academic ability. Children who find school easy may get bored. Kids who struggle to learn may get overwhelmed. Homeschooling allows the parent to teach at a pace that is appropriate to the child, making it more likely that time is spent educating each child instead of trying to help others stay focused.

4. Some decreased costs. Homeschooling may remove some pressure to spend. (Everybody has an iPhone. I am the only kid in my class who buys thrift store clothes!) Or not. Public schools in my area are really struggling. Each year, we are asked to shoulder more of the financial burden. I have to pay school fees, registration fees, some field trip costs, and classroom supplies.

5. Learning about real life in real time. The parent, theoretically, will spend more time with their children and can teach them real-life survival skills.

6. Solid sense of identity. This is strictly my own observation, but my friends' homeschooled children seem mature, confident, focused, and secure in who they are. I can't help but think this will pay off as they choose a career in the future.

The Cons of Homeschooling

But my friends admitted to challenges. They said passion had to drive the decision because it is not easy to find an appropriate curriculum, plan multiple activities, or have less me-time. They feel that they sacrifice in many ways to make sure their children's education is successful. Here are a few of the cons:

1. Flexible schedule. While this also appears in the list of pros above, the lack of structure may cause problems for some families.

2. Parental employment. Who will be doing the homeschooling? Most likely, homeschooling families have to operate on a single income, so how is that handled?

3. Being taught by non-teachers. Can parents handle the tough material? Teachers are required to go to school for a reason.

4. Not being prepared for college. Actually, none of my homeschooling friends mentioned this as a concern, but I still wonder about this. Are they missing out on any prerequisite classes they would need to prepare for one of the fastest-growing careers, for example?

5. Teaching multiple grade levels is challenging (if there is more than one child). One parent commented that it was hard to be attentive to all her children's needs at the same time. But another parent likes the multiple grade levels: Her younger child gets exposed to advanced concepts earlier, while her older child benefits from reviewing more basic concepts.

6. Time commitment. All the parents I interviewed spend lots of time educating their children. Doing it well requires consistent dedication.

Given that several of my friends' homeschooled kids have (or will) start college early, they are on track to start their careers earlier than their peers in public school. Which means, of course, that they could earn more money over their careers. If homeschooling is the right decision for a family, with the right process, I think it could pay off.

What are the pros and cons of homeschooling as you see it? What are the financial implications for families?

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Ken Oh
Ken Oh
5 years ago

Uhhhhh, con #1 should be “Socially stunted children”.

Evangeline
Evangeline
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

You make it sound like the only socializing students do is at a brick and mortar school. Kids get their socialization skills from so many places: family, friends, neighbors, churches, sports, scouts,and as volunteers just to name a few sources. Whether kids are homeschooled or get educated in a traditional setting, they are never in a bubble and will get the socialization they need/deserve as long as the adults make it a priority.

brittany
brittany
4 years ago
Reply to  Evangeline

as it stands homeschooling children actually form a more social set of skills as they are socalized with young children to the elderly and in a class of peers may be more socially awkward as they may be more intellectually advanced than their peers in their class as more often than not no matter the testing scores schools refuse to advance a student and rather focus on age of child for placement

Laura
Laura
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

This is based on the stereotype that homeschooled children are isolated in the home all day, day after day. I have never met a homeschooling family that lived that way. Most homeschooled children are around other children most days of the week through playgroups, field trips, classes they are enrolled in, and church. Most are involved in all the same extracurricular activities as well….sports teams, dance, music lessons…many times right along with their traditionally schooled peers. Homeschooled children have the same personality differences as any other group of kids. In any type of school, there will be shy, awkward children… Read more »

Ken Oh
Ken Oh
5 years ago
Reply to  Laura

What I’m talking about is based on my experience, living in a rural area and knowing a bunch of people who were homeschooled. To be fair, all of those were homeschooled in a religious context (again, I grew up rural), so that sample set is perhaps non-representative of homeschooling as a whole.

The only one that I know that wasn’t homeschooled in a religious context is still a little girl. But, even with her, she was brought to school eventually and you can see a drastic and immediate change in her manners, for the better.

K. Brian Kelley
K. Brian Kelley
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

Your experience is a valid one for the time and place. However, it doesn’t represent the norm of homeschooling families.

In addition to normal extra-curricular activities, homeschoolers also typically participate in cooperative learning where groups of homeschoolers get together to learn and classes are taught by the homeschooling parents. This is especially true when you consider coursework like orchestra, chemistry, etc. Also, many organizations such as museums and zoos offer classes specifically for homeschoolers, and they do get socialization in there, too.

Danielle
Danielle
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

I homeschooled my daughter in an entirely different context–college town next to major city–but what I see is school kids who are socially stunted. They can’t look you in the eye, converse about anything except science fiction and Marvel TV shows, and generally go silent when an adult is around. Homeschooled kids are used to relating to people of different age brackets, and in my case, sometimes I really wished my daughter would STOP talking. But most homeschoolers here are not doing it for Christian isolationism.

zoranian
zoranian
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

Actually, I want to homeschool my oldest child (will be 5 in August) in part because I do want him to be socialized. Kids in class are told not to talk or play or interact (for the most part) so they are actually de-socialized. I was told by the preschool teachers that my child “doesn’t participate” in group learning time. However, he is the friendliest most outgoing kid you could meet. He hasn’t been in preschool since we moved a few months ago, but he knows all of our neighbors, introduces himself to people at Kroger or repairmen that come… Read more »

Ken Oh
Ken Oh
5 years ago
Reply to  zoranian

What if I told you that some of the some of the homeschooled kids (now adults) that I know are plenty outgoing, but in a way that’s unaware of how they are actually coming across? I mean talking without being able to put themselves in another person’s shoes. Just because you talk to everyone in Kroger’s doesn’t mean you know how to relate to others.

Laura
Laura
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

I get what you are saying. There are some kids that will be overly sheltered and lack necessary social skills. But, to be fair, not all kids that go to public or private school have wonderful social skills either. Some kids are just awkward and quirky and they will be quirky adults. On the whole, home schooled kids today have just as many social opportunities as any other kids. It’s really up to the parents to ensure that they interact with all age groups. Not just with their peers, but with adults as well. If parents home school for the… Read more »

Priswell
Priswell
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

Homeschooled kids aren’t kept in a box. They go shopping and play at the park. They socialize and make friends. They just don’t meet their friends in public school.

One thing is more likely, is that their friends won’t all be the same age as them. It’s possible that they’ll have friends a year older or younger and some friends that are adults and little kids.

PAUL
PAUL
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

YOU SHOULD KNOW KEN

Budget Girl
Budget Girl
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

I see advantages on both sides of the decision to homeschool vs. not home school and I think what’s right for one family doesn’t have to be right for another. It’s fine to have differences like this in society — it richens our communities as a whole. Given that, I think socialization is a huge part of the to-home-school/not-to-home-school debate. It’s the reason why my husband and I have decided to send our children to public school. I consider socialization of any type important, but I value social interactions that include conflict. I’m certain as a parent, my flaw would… Read more »

Laura
Laura
5 years ago
Reply to  Budget Girl

Despite our best efforts to protect our children from adversity, they live in the world and have plenty of chances to experience it. My children are homeschooled, but they still interact with the neighborhood children and occasionally have to work out conflicts with them. One of my children had to deal with a bully in a class. They have had friends that were a bad influence on them. They have experienced peer pressure. These interactions may not have occurred within the walls of a school, but they were learning experiences just the same. This is the same as the socialization… Read more »

Ken Oh
Ken Oh
5 years ago
Reply to  Budget Girl

Thank you. You put the point much better than I did.

CalLadyQED
CalLadyQED
5 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

Okay, there are a lot of claims here (in Ken Oh’s original comment and all the replies thus far) that I could argue with, but I think it best to just summarize my experience. I am the middle of five siblings. We were all homeschooled and only homeschooled until college. We are all now over 21. There is nothing bizarre or over the top about my homeschooling experience. My parents were not actively trying to cloister us. They made the decision for a variety of reasons, mainly ideological. We’ve always lived in suburbs of the greater Los Angeles (California, USA)… Read more »

Jane
Jane
4 years ago
Reply to  Ken Oh

Soooo untrue! Our children are leaders everywhere they go and make friends with so many people from different backgrounds. You obviously either don’t homeschool or have an agenda. Homeschooling well requires a parent to seek out diverse social and educational opportunities. Ours was completely successful. I’ve actually never seen children able to reach out to others and become friends with so many different kinds of children.

Beth
Beth
5 years ago

Defintiely a controversial topic! I’m ambivalent about homeschooling because I’ve seen some of the best and the worst of the school system where I live. As a former teacher, I think the parents’ ability to teach the material is the crucial factor. Some people don’t have the patience or skills to do it well. (That’s not a judgement — it’s just that some people are stronger in some areas than others.) Likewise, many people are excellent teachers but never pursue it as a career. (In my experience, most people who do get degrees in teaching were already good teachers before… Read more »

NicoleAndmaggie
NicoleAndmaggie
5 years ago

Leaving my job to homeschool would cost a heck of a lot more than 500, even in 1997 dollars.

A0
A0
5 years ago

wow….this is an odd topic for a financial blog. Especially since the author has no experience with homeschooling. I’ll assert that this article shouldn’t be on this blog. It’s controversial and has little to do with the strict sense of finances. Even if you do homeschool for $500 dollars a child per year, you’re still paying taxes in some form to support the school system….. That being said, I was homeschooled and my mother was a former teacher. She kept us on task, made us take yearly test to assess where we stood in our peer group and planned social… Read more »

HKR
HKR
5 years ago
Reply to  A0

I think it is perfectly appropriate for Get Rich Slowly. In my opinion, one of the best things about this blog is that it discusses topics that indirectly affect finances. There are so many things out there that on the surface don’t really seem to affect finances, but in truth can have a huge impact, and the blogs that ignore those in favor of focusing only on obvious financial decisions aren’t doing their readers a great service. I think Lisa’s use of the 1997 study figures was brilliant and highlights the importance of how things indirectly affect finances. No one… Read more »

Cookster
Cookster
5 years ago

The question of college preparedness is interesting. I also am a former teacher, and let me tell you that college is a waste of money unless students take employable subjects. There is nothing wrong with plumbing or electrical skills which do not require college. My nephew took his college savings, invested them, apprenticed himself to a plumber, and now at 45 is a millionaire because of hard work and investments. His best friend worked for his masters in literature and wound up teaching at a community college. He is nowhere near as financially set. Of course there is the happiness… Read more »

Carla
Carla
5 years ago
Reply to  Cookster

You also have to consider what you can physically do. Not everyone has the dexterity and “technical mind” to do certain types of work.

Lauren {Adventures in Flip Flops}
Lauren {Adventures in Flip Flops}
5 years ago

I read a blog by a woman who is lucky to have a sort of hybrid system in her area. Her kids study at home for 3 days a week and go to school for 2. The school covers a lot of the curriculum, testing, etc., but a lot of the flexibility is there (parents can opt out of somethings, choose others, and I *think* attendance policies aren’t strict). It costs money, I think, to be in this sort of system, but there is also some sort of volunteer program to defer costs? I thought it sounded really interesting and… Read more »

zoranian
zoranian
5 years ago

I love the idea of a “cottage school” like you describe. It’s similar to something I wanted to join before we moved, but I haven’t found anything like it where we live now, and I’m not quite ready to start one myself since my children are very young. I think 2-3 days a week of “group learning” and the remainder of “parent led” learning is a pretty fabulous idea and am very surprised there aren’t more options for it. I think the biggest challenge is getting enough people to agree on the same curriculum. We will be joining a co-op… Read more »

Deb
Deb
5 years ago

I think this would have made more sense as a guest post from a homeschooler. It never ceases to amaze me that people with no understanding of the subject try to cover it. For what it’s worth, we homeschooled all three of our children, and they’re all in college as we speak — and were thoroughly prepared for it. But had we not homeschooled, I would have wanted to be a stay at home mom anyway, and earning on the side, so that changed nothing. I still think this is a strange topic for this blog, and one that wasn’t… Read more »

KT
KT
5 years ago
Reply to  Deb

This seems like a tremendously odd article coming from someone who doesn’t homeschool.

casey
casey
5 years ago
Reply to  Deb

News reporters routinely cover topics that they may not have experienced firsthand. It is not necessary to have firsthand experience about a topic to write intelligently on it.

Chip
Chip
5 years ago

We have home schooled since 4th grade. We handled the tougher courses by using the Florida Virtual School (Chinese) and our local home school co-op (Science and Economics). Both kids started dual-enrollment in the State College of Florida and graduated from high school with an AA degree from SCF (very high in their class). They were tested annually and always tested well above their level in school. Both are now attending top colleges to finish off their 4 year degree. The big savings was in taking 2 years of college off the table with the dual enrollment. Of course we… Read more »

Noah Allen
Noah Allen
5 years ago

Disclaimer: I’m a current (homeschooled) senior, recently enrolled in college for next fall (yay!). Anyways. There’s several questions I’m seeing you guys talk about that I can address personally. First, on the socially awkward question, this is seriously over-exaggerated stereotype. I know so many homeschooled people, and there is a very, very small subset within the larger group of homeschoolers that’s actually socially awkward. In fact, I’d say it’s about even with the public school system: not everyone is going to be an extrovert! Second, on the question about whether or not the parents handle tougher subjects. The short answer… Read more »

Dennis Frailey
Dennis Frailey
5 years ago
Reply to  Noah Allen

It probably doesn’t matter much to you, but I looked at your comment and thought “this person never learned correct English.” I’ve worked at many companies where this might have cost you a job offer.

The broader question this raises is whether home schooled individuals learn all their subjects well, considering that their parents are undoubtedly stronger in some subjects than in others. Being self-taught can only go so far.

zoranian
zoranian
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

Dennis that was kind of a mean thing to say, and untrue in my opinion from reading the post. Not everyone is an English/grammar major, and her comment was very appropriate for a blog. On the other hand, when I was taking an Advanced Placement English class in public school, I had to type up our papers for a group project because no one else knew how to format a complete sentence, and the teacher usually made us take turns and read the books out loud during class and there were quite a few students who couldn’t even read fluently… Read more »

Dennis Frailey
Dennis Frailey
5 years ago
Reply to  zoranian

I have to agree that I responded hastily there and I apologize. You are right that many who are educated in all kinds of schools don’t know how to write well either, and by saying it as I did I detracted from the point I was trying to make.

lmoot
lmoot
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

Really? A teenager types out a very well-expressed comment with grammar that is actually pretty decent (especially for the internets), and you interpret a few mistakes that could very likely just be attributed to colloquial stylization, as indicative of someone who never learned proper English? I have an English-education degree and unless I have to absolutely use perfect grammar (which I don’t), I simply don’t give two turds. We are not here applying for jobs. If I’m in a hurry to get my thoughts out I’ll *gasp* completely IGNORE errors I know I’ve made as long as I know they’ll… Read more »

lmoot
lmoot
5 years ago
Reply to  lmoot

This is just a follow up shout out to all my errors above 🙂

Noah Allen
Noah Allen
5 years ago
Reply to  lmoot

Thanks for the vote of confidence!! 😛 Like you, I just didn’t have time to correct everything. My dad has an english degree (and many of my friends are current english majors) so he made sure to teach us as best he could. Compared to my peers who are homeschooled, my papers are great. Compared to good papers.. not so much! I don’t like language(s) anyways.

Noah Allen
Noah Allen
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

ha! Yeah. I know where the errors are. Since this is finals week, forgive me for not proofreading. It’s not as if any of our thoughts here really matter. 😉

Mysticaltyger
Mysticaltyger
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

His writing wasn’t the best, but I’ve seen much, much worse writing in online forums everywhere from people who’ve gone to public school. Heck, it seems almost the majority of people still don’t know the difference between “their” and “there”.

Anon.
Anon.
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

Pot, meet kettle.

Laura
Laura
5 years ago

I homeschool my three children. It is not cheap! I purchase our curriculum for the core subjects, and my children take a science and writing class. We live in a major metropolitan area, and there are many homeschooled children in our own neighborhood. There are several options for co-ops nearby, and the option another poster mentioned (taking classes three days per week, and completing assignments at home the other two). I have found that people homeschool for a variety of reasons and that there is no one ¨type¨. There is a group for everyone and everyone can find their niche.… Read more »

PB
PB
5 years ago

I have a friend with five children who homeschools, and all the children are delightful, interested, and not afraid to talk to adults. However, the parents realized that one of the kids really needed a lot of social interaction, so he goes to public school. A lot of common sense and love went into that decision, and he is thriving as well.

gwyneth
gwyneth
5 years ago

you missed a major major point on the pro of homeschooling as relates to actual money savings – School district. If you homeschool, you don’t care what school district you live in. you can get a great house in an area that doesn’t have great schools and not care about it. If the breadwinner of the family works in an area that doesn’t have great schools, you can buy a house that gives that family member a short commute and therefore more time with family. People pay a huge amount in increased property costs, higher taxes, and long commute times… Read more »

gwyneth
gwyneth
5 years ago
Reply to  gwyneth

That should be racially and socio-economically _divided_ society. sorry. second point – cost of curriculum – You can make your own curricula for younger grades and do it well if you are well educated. It is _not_ easy, and I don’t recommend it. I buy my curricula, I’ve done a lot of research to find exactly what I want. And, really, its not that bad. I spent about $60 a year on History, $120 a year on science (curriculum, not supplies, I don’t think supplies amounted to a huge amount though.) Math – $60, Latin – $100, Writing – $80,… Read more »

Natalie
Natalie
5 years ago

I was homeschooled and went to school. I can compare.
I cant honestly say,being homeschooled was the worst.
I had loads of friends and we would hang out after they would come from school and on the weekends,but I still felt like I was missing out on a lot.
And when I went to school for the first time at 14,I realized I really have.
I feel like school prepares you for life the way learning at home can’t.

Fiona
Fiona
5 years ago

Thank you for posting this. We had to homeschool my daughter for health reasons. It had a huge impact as we had to look at alternate flexible work for me, since many homeschool groups meet during school hours and extra murals are not at a school.
Expensewise, we are in South Africa where schools are either realy cheap and sometimes not so safe, or exorbitantly expensive and also not that great. Littly has managed to do two grades in one year, just because the teacher student ratio is higher. It’s a huge commitment financially and emotionally, but so worth it.

spiralingsnails
spiralingsnails
5 years ago

I’m the oldest of five homeschooled kids and am now beginning to homeschool my three children. You did a good job covering most of the financial pros & cons, but here’s one more: job opportunities for homeschooled teens – like babysitters who can work during school hours! Granted, that’s mostly a need felt by the homeschooling community, but occasionally ‘normal’ parents with children too young for school found my flexible schedule useful. Also, breadwinners with odd schedules (like friends who are airline pilots or firefighters) find that homeschooling means they can actually spend off-time with their children – instead of… Read more »

Carla
Carla
5 years ago

I grew up in a very aggressive public school district and I am as socially awkward as one can be.

SAHMama
SAHMama
5 years ago

I homeschooled my oldest child for one year as a trial period. We both hated it, but for none of the reasons mentioned: Personalities. In a regular school system, your teacher(s) change each year, so if there’s a personality conflict, it won’t last forever. My daughter and I are too much alike and butted heads constantly.

Ty12
Ty12
4 years ago
Reply to  SAHMama

I can totally resonate with the personality clash. I have had a similar situation this year, with my son staying at home because of certain anxiety problems he had, and trying to home-school him, particularly as a self-employed working-from-home single mother, was awful for both of us. There arose dreadful issues of boundaries, personality clashes, too-great similarity between us that caused mutual reflection and constant frictions. I do NOT recommend this to anyone, and I learned the hard way (note: his presence at home was NOT by my choice but forced on me by his refusing to go to school… Read more »

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

My son is home schooled, mostly by my wife who does not have a bachelor’s degree. I’m OK with that. They are part of a group that meets on a weekly basis for regular classroom work. Most home schooled children I know are part of a group that meets regularly. My son is 10 years old and my wife has not run into any issues yet about technical subjects, science, math, etc. which she cannot handle. I imagine I will become more involved when it gets to those types of subjects. I have a BS in Biology and can handle… Read more »

Dennis Frailey
Dennis Frailey
5 years ago

I accept that home-schooled students can do quite well if their parents are well enough educated and properly skilled to teach the variety of subjects that students ought to learn. But I’m concerned about the broader question of whether home schooling is good for society as a whole. Do we provide a better education to a few at the expense of the population as a whole? If so, it isn’t good for our society in the long run. Many people, particularly those in poor economic circumstances, have to work and cannot afford to home school. As resources are spent to… Read more »

Mysticaltyger
Mysticaltyger
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

I liked your well thought out post. But I do take issue with your thoughts on providing a good education to the few at the expense of the many. This has already been happening in the U.S. for decades anyway. People who home school aren’t really adding any fuel to this entrenched trend. If anything, they’re saving the taxpayers money.

Janette
Janette
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

“Do we provide a better education to a few at the expense of the population as a whole?” With the exception of some very exclusive public schools, where do you find the professional’s child? Usually at a private school. Where do you find the ultra rich?Boarding school. “Let someone else’s child be the social experiment” is common logic for most upper middle to upper class families. ” I do find many home schooled students to be capable, but not all.” Can you say the same thing about average public school students? If you have 40 years at the university level,… Read more »

Jane
Jane
4 years ago
Reply to  Janette

You’re right = we should petition for the money back if we choose to homeschool. I’d like to have our 11k year back we pay per child for the years I homeschooled because the system was not willing to put in gifted programs required for our child. Could use that money now!

Laura
Laura
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Frailey

Our homeschool group has a debate club for high school students.

Don Milne
Don Milne
5 years ago

Having homeschooled all out kids from the early 1990s, I think the author of the article was stretching things to come up with 6 Cons. Parental employment was not a Con for us. We planned to have a stay at home mom regardless. Readers of Get Rich Slowly may be familiar with Elizabeth Warren’s book, The Two Income trap. A one income family is very doable. Being taught by a non-teacher was not a Con for us. No one is more invested in educating a child than a parent, especially a homeschool mom. Not being prepared for college was not… Read more »

Saint jose
Saint jose
5 years ago

Great article , I think home schooling is not better than Private Schooling, Becoz of they know the details what to do / what not to do in their surroundings…But my Conclusion is Home Schooling is not better than to private schooling…

Nick @ Millionaires Giving Money
Nick @ Millionaires Giving Money
5 years ago

Responsible parents make the best teachers. Some of my best lessons came from my parents and I really respect them for passing the knowledge down to me. This post has really inspired me to think about home schooling my own children. Thanks for sharing.

Devin Carroll
Devin Carroll
5 years ago

As a child, I attended two years of public school, a few years of private school and was home schooled the rest. Mostly as a result of our geographic location and education options. How did I turn out? Well, I’m different. It may be that I’m just weird. 🙂 It could also be that my limited interaction with one peer group left me unconcerned about adopting the behaviors and trends to which other cling. As a result, I have a strong pioneering spirit and believe that there is rarely great reward in simply following the crowd. Did I miss out… Read more »

rabiya
rabiya
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin Carroll

well ur post was really helpfull for me . i am homeschooling my 2 kids from last 1 year without any proper guidelines and there were some confusion about the management after study time like how to engage them . by profession i am a psychologist but now first priority is my kids education .

Ace
Ace
5 years ago

There is a reason why homeschooled kids are almost universally viewed by non-homeschoolers (i.e. everyone else) as “weird.” Cite whatever studies you want. Every homeschooled person I have ever engaged with at work, church, or in the neighborhood was a little “off.” In most cases, I didn’t know they were homeschooled until later.

Sara
Sara
5 years ago

Add me to the list of people that think this post was odd for a PF blog. There are definitely financial considerations of homeschooling – like living on one income, cost of materials, impact on future job prospects – but the pros and cons listed by the author weren’t geared towards that discussion. I read a lot of articles on homeschooling because it’s a topic that interests me greatly. I don’t homeschool myself and I have no plans to, however I do a lot to supplement my children’s education, from buying work books to taking field trips and finding everyday… Read more »

Beth
Beth
5 years ago
Reply to  Sara

“Supplement” your child’s education? You mean raising them? 😉 I don’t mean to sound critical. What you’re doing sounds like a great benefit. When I was a teacher, it was a pet peeve of mine that some parents expect schools to teach their kids everything. However, a lot of our education comes from outside the classroom — like trips we take with our parents, skills we learn at home (gardening, cooking, repairs), things we learn in our churches or volunteering, or through simple play. Kudos to parents who are doing all these things, because not everyone does! But some of… Read more »

Mary Grace
Mary Grace
5 years ago

I was homeschooled through 6th grade and absolutely loved it. It gave me a love for learning and a really great foundation for the next years of learning. I was ahead of my peers when I entered public school. I’m so grateful to my mom for sacrificing her time and money to homeschool me! I’m now working as a PR/Marketing Manager at a nonprofit and I will certainly homeschool my kids those first few years of school.

Emily
Emily
5 years ago

“Teachers are required to go to school for a reason.”

I taught in an elementary school for 13 years. I learned a few things in college that helped me once I got a job, but not much.

The main thing that teachers need to know how to do is to keep control of 20-30-something kids in a small room all day.

Homeschooling parents don’t have to do that.

Deb W
Deb W
5 years ago

Each family is different and should make the choice that fits their situation best – freedom is good! My 2 cents – I’m a homeschooling parent of almost 12 years – who also had older children who’ve been in the public & private system. Just to speak to a few of your points – Parents are generally more vested in their own kids than any classroom teacher will be – we have a bigger drive for them to really learn all that is required for their future. It is actually possible to live on one income – we’ve been doing… Read more »

Danielle
Danielle
5 years ago

I’m a financial planner AND I homeschooled my daughter from second grade until she entered college. I do have a couple more financially-related cons: 1. Many top echelon colleges are still nervous about homeschooled kids because of the religious fruitcake stereotype and the “socially awkward” fear. My daughter decided NOT to apply to Columbia University because of the attitude of the admissions staff during our tour, and redlined Bard College because they required so much more testing (both a pain and an expense). 2. Homeschooling IMHO is among the most expensive of educations. It takes a presumably educated worker out… Read more »

Jess
Jess
5 years ago

As a professor, my main concern about homeschooling is college preparedness. Homeschooling parents take on the burden Before pursuing my Ph.D., I worked in admissions for a “public Ivy” institution. At one admissions event, I met a bright, engaging homeschooled student who was soon to start her last year of high school study. I inquired about her preparation in foreign language and laboratory science, of which she had neither. She wrote well, was articulate, and by my judgment, probably could’ve easily handled the demands of our school. But without 3 years of foreign language and science, she was inadmissible. Similarly,… Read more »

Danielle
Danielle
5 years ago
Reply to  Jess

You’re right–it is parental choice to some degree. In our case, my daughter studied French and Latin, winning gold keys in Latin and for several years scoring #1-2 or 3 in our region in the National French exam. We did finally turn her over to the local community college for chemistry so she’d have a demonstrated lab outside of home. The main things she learned were how instructors can spend most of the time cruising ebay, and how sexual harassment from the ignorant stiff in the back row is completely ignored. And she got an A.

Adam Building the credible web
Adam Building the credible web
5 years ago

Home schooling is not only popular due to financial reasons only, it combine many benefits associated with it e.g. parents can teach their child in best way according to the pace of their child mental ability. If a child is intelligent and parents give proper coaching they can cover the yearly syllabus in 3-4 months and can start next class syllabus. They can teach what they want their child to learn, they can customize the curricula according to the aptitude of their children.

dennisfrailey
dennisfrailey
4 years ago

Investment experts caution about the importance of diversification when investing to avoid the risk of betting too much on something that doesn’t work out so well. Medical experts caution about the danger of avoiding contact with germs because one’s immune system doesn’t develop properly. There is an important lesson to be learned from both of these. One of the big problems with home schooling is that it does not prepare children to live in the real world. Parents may indeed be capable of providing a better education than the local public schools (although in my experience, most of the home… Read more »

lmoot
lmoot
4 years ago
Reply to  dennisfrailey

I have generally found the exact opposite to be true. Most of the homeschooled kids I know now and growing up, were better adjusted, more mature, and more knowledgeable in life skills than public school children. You talk about diversification…how is public school diversified? You’re learning the exact same curriculum, in the exact same way, as everybody else, following the same type of schedule from kindergarten through 12th grade. I work in the education dept at a zoo and field trips to the zoo with public schools are FAR different than the homeschool days we have, which are designated for… Read more »

Don
Don
4 years ago

You can always find anecdotal examples to support any perception about home schoolers. My wife created a company that has provided curriculum to home schoolers for nearly 2 decades. She has spoken to home school groups throughout the nation on a regular basis. She has a network of home schoolers that numbers in the thousands. In general these parents don’t agree with secular values that dominate the government school system. The latest trends where school systems are letting boys who think they are girls use the girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms is only going to increase the number of parents… Read more »

Ashley Wright
Ashley Wright
4 years ago

The list of cons seems kind of surprise to me, based on my home school experience… but I guess it is good to know some POTENTIAL downsides. You can mess up homeschooling, just like any other experience, but research shows the overwhelming majority of homeschooled students viewed their experience as positive.

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