Like many of us, you may be familiar with the stereotypes about homeschooled children: They don’t socialize. They can’t get into college. If they’re involved in homeschooling online, they spend their days in front of a computer, with few opportunities to do much else. These suppositions couldn’t be farther from the truth. In the next few minutes, we’re going to debunk some of the most common myths about homeschooling.
1. Homeschooled Students Don’t Socialize
Contrary to popular belief, homeschooled students often have more opportunities to socialize than their public school peers. Since they’re not held back by the traditional school schedule, homeschooled children have more time to interact with family members, neighbors, and society at large.
2. Homeschooled Kids Miss Out on Educational Opportunities
This misconception persists in part because of the mistaken notion that parents aren’t qualified to educate their own children. However, as their child’s first teachers, parents are in a prime position to impart knowledge and values. Now, more than ever before, parents have a gold mine of resources available to help them provide their kids with the best education possible.
3. They Can’t Get Into College
Removing children from public school to teach them at home doesn’t rule out the possibility of higher education. Parents need to make sure their children take all the required courses to get into college, as well as the ACT or SAT. Kids who are taught at home usually have fewer distractions to deal with than traditionally-schooled kids. They can also get more one-on-one instruction. By the time they graduate from high school, homeschooled students are typically just as prepared for college, if not more so, than public school students.
4. Not Many Families Homeschool Anyway, and Those That Do Are All the Same.
More than 1.7 million children are currently homeschooled in the US, and that number is only expected to increase in the coming years. Homeschooling families are a diverse group, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic levels.
5. Homeschooling Online Means Kids Spend All Their Time in Front of a Computer
While online homeschooling for high school programs do require time on the computer, parents still get to monitor their kids’ screen time. Learning also consists of field trips, hands-on projects, and other activities that aren’t centered around digital devices.