HOMESCHOOLING VS. “REGULAR” SCHOOL

I am not one to pass judgement…usually. I am here today to weigh the pros and cons of homeschooling vs being in a mainstream school system. While homeschooling may seem luxurious…you get to stay at home all the time…I think you are missing that social interaction you would get in a “regular” school setting. It might alleviate the possibility of bullying, unless your family are a bunch of assholes, but to me, that’s just part of growing up. I was not homeschooled. I attended a private co-ed Catholic school until I graduated High School in 2009. While they were not they absolute best years of my life, they did provide me with some real-world experiences. I do not think you can get that when you stay at home to go to school.

Some pros of homeschooling are, stating the obvious, you never have to leave the house! You can learn from the comfort of your own home. And actually, this is becoming more and more common and prevalent as a lot of college students nowadays do online courses. I have done this. It is nice not having to leave the house, but you still have to turn in assignments on time. I took a personal writing course online through the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). It was a national class. The instructor was in California and the 20 students in the “class” were spread out all over the country! It was amazing. I liked the freedom our instructor gave the class. There was no judgement; no wrong answers; only the occasional exam…for me, it was perfect! Everything was electronic and students could actually read and evaluate each other’s assignments. If you did that in a “normal” or “regular” setting, it’d probably be seen as plagiarism or cheating. Online, it was purely for constructive criticism purposes and I loved that!

As I stated, apart from that online course, I was never homeschooled. Part of me wishes I had been for at least part of my educational life just so I could compare and contrast the two more accurately. But I do think social interaction is just as important as staying home in your comfort zone. I feel some of my best friends, and girlfriend for that matter, I made because I wasn’t homeschooled. What I would like is to hear from people that were homeschooled and from people who were in the regular school system. I am not sure if you would make as many friends, or enemies in some instances, if you just stayed at home to learn everything.

I know people come and go all the time, but isn’t it worth that fleeting incident of human interaction? I think…again, not 100% sure; just my opinion…but I think homeschoolers might be more introverted than other students because they are missing that human engagement and interaction. I feel that is important, going both ways. Negative school memories can be just as impactful as good ones, such as graduating, sometimes even more so.

I have often wondered about this. If you are homeschooled, do you segue from one “grade” to another? And do you ever graduate and/or get a diploma or certificate? Or get the chance to attend proms and dances? These are the joys I have experienced firsthand because I wasn’t homeschooled. I have an 8th grade diploma, a Senior Year ring, and a High School diploma. I felt like I deserved those things because I worked hard and earned them.

Now am I saying homeschoolers don’t work hard? No. But I do think they might have it maybe a little easier because their “teacher” is a family member. The closest thing to that I can relate to is my grandfather, who was like a math God and couldn’t understand how anyone could get any equation wrong. I still to this day cannot for the life of me do math on paper. I’m better at it in my head…and by the way, DO NOT send me complex math equations or problems for me to work out in my head. All you will get from me is a giant SCREW YOU emoji.

So in closing, I think there are pros and cons to both sides of this argument, just like anything else. I am not sure if I prefer one over the other, simply because I do not know both sides. I only know the one side of this, so I can’t say which is better without sounding judgmental. So I want to hear from you. Do you prefer homeschooling or being in a mainstream school system? As always, thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your comments!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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