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Sending Your Kids To School: Is It Really The Best Way To Learn?*

 



For decades, the normal thing to do is to send your kids to school so they can learn and be educated. We’re lucky to have a good public school system in the UK, meaning children can get a quality education for free, setting them up for a good start in life.


However, there have been some changing attitudes to education over the last couple of years. Kids were forced to stay home for months on end, not venturing into school once. During this time, a lot of parents started wondering if they should bother sending their kids back to school. They enjoyed the time they got to spend with them, and they also felt like their kids could learn just as much at home.


So, it begs the question: is it really the best option to send your kids to school?



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What are the alternatives?

If you don’t send your kids to school, how will they be educated? There are a few answers to this question, one of which is not a very good choice at all. You could avoid educating your kids, but that would be probably one of the worst decisions you’ll ever make as a parent!


Instead, you have the option of educating them yourself. Now, if you come from a teaching background, this might seem easy to you. Or, if you’re willing to put in the work and find all the resources, it could work. Many kids are taught by their parents and grow up to be extremely intelligent individuals that secure excellent jobs. Just like in a school, it depends on the quality of the teaching.


Alternatively, you can hire tutors for your child. Again, there are a couple of options here! Firstly, you can find things like online maths and physics tuition with relative ease. There are plenty of qualified teachers and tutors that can teach your kids from a distance. It means you can keep them at home and have virtual lessons every day. The other option is to take your kids to tutors or have the tutor come to your house. Some parents believe their children benefit from a more personal and hands-on approach like this.


With tutors, you also have the option to teach your kids yourself. You may teach them some lessons but have a tutor deliver lessons that you don’t feel comfortable teaching them as they’re too complicated. Or, you can just have the tutor do all of the teachings.

What are the advantages of keeping your kids out of school?

If you take your kids out of school and educate them another way, how does this benefit them?


For starters, you’re able to focus on their specific education. All the focus is on them, meaning you can teach them in a way that helps them learn more effectively than in a typical school setting. Schools are set up to teach loads of kids all at once, meaning your child might have a different learning style that doesn’t suit the traditional classroom setting. It can be better for their development if they learn in a way that suits them the best.


Similarly, you can teach your child at a pace that suits their ability. Perhaps they need more time on topics than the average child - or maybe they’re more advanced than their classmates. In either case, being in school can be hard for your child as they’re learning at a pace that isn’t right for them. If it’s too above their level, they will struggle and feel less confident. If it’s below them, they’ll get bored really easily and lose focus.


Thirdly, you can teach your children topics and lessons that you believe are important to them. For example, if you come from a non-white background, you may find that traditional school curriculums really do a poor job of teaching history. There’s a lack of diversity in their historical teachings, and you can prevent this if your kids learn at home. You can teach them about important figures from your culture, as well as teach them the full story of how historical events unfolded, rather than a biased view written by white historians.


Overall, you just have more control over your child’s education if they’re not in school, which can be a significant advantage for them.



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What are the disadvantages of keeping your kids out of school?

Where there are advantages, there will always be disadvantages. Keeping your kids out of the traditional school education system can be a bad thing in some ways.


To begin, it makes education more expensive for you. You have to pay for teaching resources, tutors, and so on. You also have to sacrifice time out of your day, meaning you can never have a full-time job. Financially, it doesn’t make sense for many families to do this when free education is available - and it’s very good too.


Another downside is that your children may grow up without good social skills. Yes, you can still take them out or help them join clubs, but a key aspect of schools is that they let kids meet other kids and learn how to be sociable.


Lastly, teachers are teachers because they’ve gone through the various qualifications and become experienced at teaching kids. Thus, they may be able to provide a far better education than you could at home on your own. Yes, you can hire experienced tutors, but you can argue that this is an option anyway if your kids are in school. If you want to get extra help for certain subjects, you can always hire a tutor while still sending your kids to school.



To answer the main question, sending your kids to school is still the best approach for the majority of people. Keeping your kids at home is perhaps only advantageous in very specific circumstances, usually when children are struggling to learn at school because they’re either too advanced or not advanced enough. In these cases, one-on-one teaching might be the better option.

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