Homeschooling, also known as home education, is defined as the education of children at home, generally by parents or guardians instead of in a public or private school. It provides children with a different learning environment rather than that in public schools or private schools.
Violence in schools has been dominating the headlines lately. More and more parents fear for the life, safety, and health of their children. Home school seems to be a better alternative than sending children to school where they may become the victim of school violence.
Damaging Effects of Preschool
In a study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, the proof was gathered on the fact that children who spent more than six hours in preschool had difficulty with respect to cooperation, sharing, and participating in classroom activities, while children who remained at home with their parents prior to starting school showed no difficulty whatsoever. According to a Harvard Longitudinal Study, children who went to daycare centers were shown to have an inability to form psychological attachments later in life. Another study showed that the time spent by children in daycare was directly proportional to the likelihood of their becoming disobedient, defiant, and aggressive by the time they reach kindergarten.
The conclusion that can be derived from these studies is disturbing. Children who attend preschools or go to daycare centers instead of remaining at home with their parents suffer serious problems with social and emotional development. This leads to aggression, hostility, and eventually violent behavior as they grow older. This may be one of the reasons of violence in schools. A child who is socially and emotionally underdeveloped may have difficulty controlling his or her aggression or hostility, which may lead him or her to act out and resort to violence, endangering the safety of other children.
Homeschooling as the Solution
Studies have shown that children who are homeschooled are more socially and emotionally adjusted compared to children who go to private or public schools. Children who are homeschooled have stronger ties with their family and feel more secure because they know that they have their family’s support. These give homeschooled children more confidence to think and act without subjecting themselves to peer pressure.
Homeschooled children learn from the people that they trust and with whom they have the closest ties to their parents. This encourages them to open their minds without the restrictions imposed on them in a classroom setting. They not only learn what they are supposed to from their academic lessons, they also learn about real-life because they get to learn in a real setting and not in an artificially controlled environment like that in classrooms. The end result is that these homeschooled children learn to resort to patience and reason rather than aggression. They are better socialized since they interact with different people other than those in their own age group, and they are more emotionally secure compared to children who learn in a classroom setting.
It is not difficult to see that homeschooling may be one of the solutions to curbing violence in schools. Parents who can afford to spend more time at home with their children should consider homeschooling as an alternative method of instruction considering the fact that children who are homeschooled grow into socially and emotionally mature people, who in turn become assets to the community.