WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION? SOCIAL SKILLS?
On a different note, many people ask, what about the socialization of homeschool students? How will they develop socially, emotionally, and psychologically if they are not with their peers every school day? Again, research informs homeschooling due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In the review of only peer-reviewed research studies, 13 of the 15 (87%) studies on social development showed clearly statistically positive outcomes for the
homeschooled compared to those in conventional schools.[ix]
SUCCESS IN ADULTHOOD
The curious also want to know, what will be the long-term outcomes in adulthood for those who are home educated? Also in the review of peer-reviewed research, 11 of the 16 (69%) studies on success into adulthood (including college and university) showed positive outcomes for the homeschooled compared to those who had attended conventional institutional public or private schools.[x]
REASONS OR MOTIVATIONS FOR HOMESCHOOLING
Forty years of research show that there are many reasons why parents and teenagers (adolescents) choose homeschooling rather than institutional or conventional schooling, whether public/government or private. The reasons include the following:[xi]
Concern about environment of other schools
Dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools, both public/government and private
Desire to provide a nontraditional approach to child’s education
Child has other special needs
Child has a physical or mental health problem
Child has a temporary illness
Parental or adolescent desire to not have teaching, training, and indoctrination be by the state/civil government
Desire to provide religious instruction
Desire to provide moral instruction
Desire to provide instruction that is more focused on the child’s ethnic culture
Reasons vary and often parents’ and teens motivations for homeschooling change over time. They might begin as a reaction to negative things happening in school but later realize that there are many advantages to homeschooling about which they did not know.
A New Reason?
It may be that a new reason for homeschooling – short-term public or community illness and accompanying school closures or quarantines – is emerging around the world. No one knows for how long this will last. It will be fascinating to see what research evidence emerges over the next few years regarding whether this acute public event will spawn more widespread practice of parent-led home-based private education and schooling. One day, empirical evidence might reveal the effects of a wider group of children, future citizens, not being under the educational management and control of their civil governments/states.
Disadvantages to Homeschooling
One wonders what are the disadvantages of homeschooling. Perhaps they should be called challenges rather than disadvantages. Some follow. Homeschooling one’s children is work. It is not as easy, in the short-term, as sending them away to school for most of the day, most of the days each week. Parents must plan, be flexible, be attentive, be willing to learn more academic content themselves, be open to ideas and suggestions from friends, experienced homeschoolers, and homeschool organizations, not be tied to institutional models of schooling and learning, be humble, be ready to change, and find ways to address the individual strengths and needs of each child.[xii]
Also, parents who homeschool must find ways to overcome their concerns and fears of not having “experts,” professionals, or state-approved (government-certified/licensed) personnel being so involved in their children’s education. However, the experience of millennia of humankind in all nations around the world teaching children by parent-led home-based and neighborhood-involved education and research on forty years of the modern global homeschool movement suggest that parents and families are very capable of successfully educating children.[xiii] Further, they are able to do this without institutional or conventional schools, without university-trained and state-approved teachers, and without government-approved or state-selected techniques, ideas, values, and curriculum.
SUMMARY: RESEARCH INFORMS HOMESCHOOLING DUE TO THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
Research informs homeschooling due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Nearly 40 years of research finds, overall, positive things associated with home-based education. Families, students, or schools who are disrupted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may confidently consider homeschooling to meet their educational needs.