Low-income parents often choose to send their children to public schools. They are forced to do so because there are not enough educational opportunities in the area to take their children out of school, or if a student has special needs, they are sent away from home for an extended period.
Low-income parents often struggle with keeping up with the cost of education and feel like they may have missed out on something by sending their child to public school.
These parents feel frustrated and disappointed because they feel like their child’s life may be better had they gone through a private educational system.
Here are ways how homeschooling causes depression
1. Homeschooling is a lonely experience
It’s true. It can be challenging for many young people to make friends, and homeschooled youngsters are even more isolated from the mainstream.
According to studies, homeschooled students can struggle in social situations and making friends because they cannot read nonverbal cues such as body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice.
These days, most children are so used to being around other children that they don’t know how to react when placed in a situation with no one around them.
2. Homeschooling is not held to the same standards as public schools
In a public school, any “incident” or infraction leads to an immediate suspension or perhaps expulsion. However, homeschooled students are generally not held to the same standards. Most states have regulations prohibiting homeschooled students from being expelled for “discipline” reasons such as insubordination, disobedience, or failure to comply with the rules placed on them.
This can lead to children who may be having problems in school being punished at home because they made one small mistake they had no idea was wrong until the teacher told them it was terrible.
3. Homeschooled students are not monitored
Without a teacher constantly supervising them, many children find that they can quickly get into trouble. They do not benefit from learning what to do and what not to do through example by watching their peers.
They don’t have the chance to figure out the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior through interaction with other students and teachers.
4. Homeschooled children may suffer from bullying
Statistics show that homeschooling students, especially in middle and high school, sometimes find themselves as victims of bullying. Without a teacher or administrators present to step in quickly and stop disputes, many youngsters are left alone to cope with it.
5. Homeschooled students may lack social skills
Since homeschooled students are not around other people for an extended period, they tend to be less socially adept than other students. According to statistics, homeschooled children are 50% LESS likely to have made a friend during the past year and are much less likely to be involved in extracurricular activities.
Many critics also claim that homeschooled students know more about science, math, and geography than they do about how to interact with other people.
6. Homeschooled students are isolated from society
Homeschooled children usually spend a chunk of their day alone. The average public school student would be gone from the classroom for almost eight hours a day.
Many have to return to school after lunch has been eaten, and homework has been completed in the afternoon. On the other hand, homeschoolers are often left sitting in their rooms alone until bedtime is over.
7. Homeschooling can cause social isolation
Many homeschoolers choose not to venture out into society because of the pressure involved in making friends. They are often uncomfortable around others and don’t know how to interact with them. This can lead to a feeling of isolation, even within the family.
8. Homeschooled students are not challenged sufficiently
Education is supposed to improve students, but many parents feel that schools may be too lenient by passing along information that is of little or no use. This problem is especially prevalent in social studies and science classes, which are entirely focused on memorizing facts rather than helping students learn how to apply their knowledge in real-life situations.
9. Homeschooled students may be socially stunted
The social skills many students learn in schools are necessary for success. They learn to deal with bullying and peer pressure and communicate effectively with others. Homeschooled students may not have the chance to develop these skills, leading to more severe problems later in their lives.
10. Homeschooling parents face difficulties
Some critics of homeschooling feel that parents who choose this option often lack the education needed to teach their children effectively or at least meet minimum standards for education from a public school system. Some critics also feel that parents cannot use the values of their own religious beliefs to teach their kids.
11. Homeschooling is not research-based and is therefore not helpful
Most homeschoolers like to view themselves as different from traditional students, but this doesn’t mean that they understand what homeschooling means. It is difficult for them to know why they have a different learning experience than others or why they must study certain subjects.
Many homeschoolers also feel they are not given the benefit of a teacher who can answer any questions their child has, which can lead to lots of misunderstandings and confusion between parents and children, especially when it comes time for homework assignments.
12. Homeschooled students are not safe
Parents who choose to homeschool their children are acting as their teachers. While they may have been trained to do this, no one is around to supervise them and ensure they stay within the limits of legally acceptable behavior.
Many parents also feel that they may be unable to keep up with the latest educational trends and developments, which can cause problems for their children later on in school.
13. Homeschooling students don’t learn how to process information
Kids today are being taught how to access vast amounts of information found online. They need to know how and when to identify what is important from what is irrelevant or even fabricated. This skill is essential for them to become successful adults.
On the other hand, homeschooling students study the same information over and over again, which can lead to them not knowing how to spot an unreliable source and identify what is really important.
Homeschooling parents know that there are always going to be some problems when it comes to raising a child. There are no perfect children, even if they are homeschooled, and there is no ideal way of teaching them. The only thing that matters is the love the parent shows their child and the time they spend with them.