There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinterpretation of homeschooling from time to time that I think will never be solved. As long as children learn at home and they don’t go to a physical school, parents usually claim that they homeschool their children. Nowadays, there are distance learning programs that people might think to replace the responsibility of parents in homeschooling. Distance learnings might sound give more academic security because it looks more complex. Is homeschooling easier than distance learning?
Before we come to the conclusion, let’s go through each of the learning system, compare, and make the conclusion.
What is Distance Learning?
According to Britannica, distance learning is also called distance education, e-learning, and online learning. It is a kind of education that the main elements include physical separation of teachers and students in the delivery of instructions. It also uses various technologies to help student-teacher and student-student communication.
This is not a new learning system at all. There have been many people who use this learning system, especially those who have to work and study to get a certification or academic degrees at the same time. There are also a lot of remote areas which are not reachable with the traditional learning institutions. The main point is that people do distance learning because there are several factors that don’t allow students and teachers to meet on site.
What is Homeschooling?
There are several definitions of homeschooling with either positive or negative tendency. I would like to pick a more neutral one
Homeschooling, also called home education, educational method situated in the home rather than in an institution designed for that purpose. It is representative of a broad social movement of families, largely in Western societies, who believe that the education of children is, ultimately, the right of parents rather than a government.Taken from Britannica
There are some points I can take from the definition. First of all, homeschooling is not house schooling. We can do homeschool activities anywhere in the world as long as it is home situated. It emphasizes the family education approach. Also, the involvement of parents in the education process.
In this case, parents have more rights, responsibility, and authority to educate children according to their needs. I will not give any personal opinions as a homeschooler.
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The Difference between Homeschooling and Distance Learning
Distance learning is getting more popular when the Covid 19 spread out because most schools are forbidden to have direct meeting lessons. What I heard from people around me, all parents homeschooled their children. In fact, their teachers from the physical school handled all the learning processes, from planning to assessments.
Parents don’t have any control in both collecting scores and planning. Either teachers or the computer system will do all the scoring and transcriptions. Parents will just “pay and go”.
Meanwhile, homeschooling emphasizes the involvement of parents in the teaching and learning process. Thus, children are not sent away to the activity and authority that take over parents’ rights in education. Homeschooling usually gives more time for parents to build some real-life skills and character education than any other education system.
The question is that whether homeschooled children can use any distance learning programs, especially when parents cannot handle the teaching and learning process. There are times when parents fall sick or feel desperate in teaching children. For example, when children are in high school, not all parents can handle the academic content. Should parents stop homeschool because of this problem?
As I mentioned previously, the main difference between distance learning and homeschooling is the involvement of parents. Homeschooled children might join the distance learning as long as parents are involved in controlling the study:
- Parents might choose the lessons based on the state’s requirements or children’s need
- The final arrangement of the assessment report is the responsibility of parents.
Is Homeschooling Easier Than Distance Learning?
Reading the explanation above, what do you think about the verdict between homeschooling and distance learning?
There are 2 different point of view in this case:
The Freedom of Learning
From the point of view of learning freedom, homeschool will never lost, as long as the practice is consistent and thorough.
- With the right and responsibility that parents have to educate their children, there will be more freedom and flexibility in the teaching and learning process. There must be a regulation limit, which is the state regulation.
- With the flexibility and freedom of homeschooling, children can learn more than just academic achievement.
In this way, homeschooling is much easier than the distance learning.
The Real-Life Teaching and Learning Process
Homeschooling is not easy because of the freedom. It gives a lot of burden and pressure for all parents. They have to be responsible for all aspects of life until children are ready to be more independent.
With the loads parents have personally and professionally, they still have to take care of children’s education responsibility. Parents will meet and interact with children more often than when children attend the distance learning.
In this case, nothing can beat the crazy life of homeschooling, including distance learning. Compared to distance learning, it is better to pay others to take over the education responsibility of children.
Now everything will return to the priority and mission. Will you really wash your hands from children’s education? Will you mind sacrificing yourself for your children extremely?
Well, you can combine both online learning and homeschooling to give more variations and to ease your burden, without losing the freedom to educate your children.
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