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The powers of personalized education

A look at both sides from those that choose to do school from home
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Homeschooling has been becoming an increasingly more common approach to learning. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of homeschooling; such as a personalized learning experience while also battling three main components to success is something that needs to be acknowledged in order for a good homeschool experience.

Homeschooling has become an increasingly popular educational alternative, offering a unique approach to learning outside traditional school settings. While some argue its benefits, others raise concerns about potential downfalls.

One major benefit to homeschooling is that it allows for a personalized educational experience, taking into consideration the diverse learning styles and paces of individual students. This personalized approach can allow students to develop a deeper understanding of subjects and a love for learning.

Families that choose to homeschool have the freedom to choose subjects that align with their values, emphasizing possible interests for their children and their futures. This flexibility can lead to a better overall educational experience.

Based on an article by BrightChamps, Spending more time with your family can strengthen relationships. Homeschooling provides an opportunity for parents to actively participate in their child’s education, creating a supportive and nurturing environment to guide their children through the process.

Some argue that homeschooled children may face challenges in developing social skills compared to their peers in traditional schools because of the lack of face to face time with students. According to the Journal of Scientific Research, Interactions with diverse groups are essential for a person’s growth, and homeschooling can potentially limit these opportunities for someone.

Homeschooled children might also experience feelings of isolation due to limited exposure to multiple perspectives and a lack of structured social environments. Socialization is crucial for the development of interpersonal skills and professionalism for their futures.

An article published on MyBlog  shares that the effectiveness of homeschooling largely depends on the commitment, resources and qualifications of the parents as educators. Without proper guidance and resources, students may miss out on a comprehensive education that they could have earned at a traditional school.

While homeschooling offers several benefits, it is also needed to strike a balance. Information from Walden University states that the outcomes of homeschooling can vary widely based on factors such as parental involvement, access to resources, and the curriculum chosen. If these options are easily accessible for a learner, the personalized advantages may outweigh potential drawbacks. But for others, these key factors to homeschooling may be hard to access.

Homeschooling has become more common in today’s age and the educational approach comes with both merits and challenges. Acknowledging the importance of socialization, maintaining educational standards, and keeping a positive learning environment are crucial aspects in ensuring the success of homeschooling.

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Leah Pickhinke, Staff Reporter
Leah is a junior at Millard West and this is her second year on staff for the CATalyst. In Leah’s free time she enjoys going on walks, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Other than journalism, her hobbies include drawing, gaming, watching movies, and taking pictures.

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