Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Effects of Home Schooling

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With recent reports saying the National Union of Teachers has unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the education secretary, Michael Gove, Yourwellness Magazine asked readers if home schooling may be a better choice for children.

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School isn’t just about lessons, it’s also an environment in which children learn to interact with one another and develop social skills.

It has recently been reported the National Union of Teachers has unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the education secretary, Michael Gove, and called for his resignation (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/national-union-of-teachers-gives-unanimous-vote-of-no-confidence-in-education-secretary-michael-gove-8557042.html). When families feel let down by the education system, some parents choose to take children out of the classroom, and instead teach them at home, but is this a positive experience for children in the long-run?

Yourwellness Magazine recently asked readers this very question; Is Home Schooling a Healthy Choice for Children? Responses were varied, but both sides of the debate referred to the influence of other children at school, and the autonomy of parents who teach their children, to back up arguments both for and against home schooling.

For reader Carla, taking her daughter out of school to be taught at home by her husband was the best decision she ever made. “We saw our daughter becoming bored, frustrated and unhappy at school and we knew if we wanted things to change, we’d have to take control of the situation ourselves…Now our daughter is much happier, more confident and loves learning again.” Carla noted that her daughter wasn’t challenged intellectually, and bullied at school, but at home her husband can be more involved in her education, give her the attention she needs and teach her moral values that are important to the family.

However, Yourwellness reader Duncan, who was home schooled himself, argued that he missed out on the socialisation aspect of traditional schooling. “School isn’t just about lessons, it’s also an environment in which children learn to interact with one another and develop social skills. This is something I missed by being home schooled and, as a result, I now find large groups intimidating, and often find it hard to make myself heard in the workplace.” He added that his father’s interest in science skewed the education he received, and he missed out on other subjects that other children learn. Duncan also noted that home schooling teaches children to run away from problems.

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