“Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children inside the home, as opposed to in the formal settings of a public or private school. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor.
Many families that start out with a formal school structure at home often switch to less formal ways of imparting education outside of school. “Homeschooling” is the term commonly used in North America, whereas “home education” is more commonly used in the United Kingdom, elsewhere in Europe, and in many Commonwealth countries.
Parents cite two main motivations for homeschooling their children: dissatisfaction with the local schools and the interest in increased involvement with their children’s learning and development. Parents’ dissatisfaction with available schools includes concerns about the school environment, the quality of academic instruction, the curriculum, and bullying as well as lack of faith in the school’s ability to cater to their child’s special needs. Some parents homeschool in order to have greater control over what and how their children are taught, to better cater for children’s individual aptitudes and abilities adequately, to provide a specific religious or moral instruction, and to take advantage of the efficiency of one-to-one instruction, which allows the child to spend more time on childhood activities, socializing, and non-academic learning.” (Wikipedia)
Homeschooling recently bagged spotlight in India, after 17 years old homeschooled Malvika Joshi was accepted at Massachussetts institute of Technology (MIT). ( Read more: All parents can opt for homeschooling: MIT girl Malvika Joshi’s mother)
Many parents are feeling that, ‘Children are born with abilities to learn anything on their own, but schools make them dependent.’ Though schooling is the common norm, there are several self-motivated parents who are considering homeschooling as an alternative, keeping in mind the growing lack of ‘personal’ attention in most schools in metro cities in India. As far as villages and rural areas in India are concerned, there is a lack of capable teachers on payroll besides lack of class rooms/ schools. With popular success of Malvika Joshi, parents have realized the importance of parental care as well as parental attention in educating their children.
Homeschooling is a major issue in cases where the parents are not educated. In such situations, schooling remains the only option. Otherwise, finding the right ‘home tutor’ could be a right solution. Education is the base on which child’s mind-set as well as skill-set is developed and it cannot be ignored or given less importance.
‘Chennai city’ in India is witnessing plenty of homeschooling!