How Homeschooling Tore Everyone Apart in 2020

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Homeschooling right now is OVERRATED across the board! 

While on paper homeschooling might seem like it would be a cakewalk, it turns out that it’s a lot harder than people might have thought. Really, this breaks down into two major pain points. The first being ensuring that you as a parent not only have the time to dedicate yourself to your children being homeschooled, but also have a job that allows you to dedicate that time at all. The second being the loss of having your child socialize with other people and learn basic social skills. 

Let’s take a look at the second pain point first. Both Andres and Luis bring up that what they remember the most from their time in school was their ability to socialize with other kids. While both of their examples talk about joining together with other kids to start a fight club or club de la muerte, there is some truth to the idea of learned social skills and cues within these moments. Nikhil brought up the idea of perhaps not even being a part of the conversation if he was homeschooled. Stating that he wouldn’t know if we would have any friends if it were not for physical school. Valtteri talks about how being able to be with people allowed him to make mistakes that would serve as learning moments in his life. There is a lot to be said about ensuring that our children can keep learning how to build their social skills and confidence. This lack of socialization has put pressure on schools to reopen and continue in-person instruction. 

Turning our attention to the first pain point – ensuring that parents have the time and ability to dedicate themselves to homeschooling. It is easy to think that all you need to do to homeschool someone is to set them in front of a computer and let the teacher on the other side of the Zoom call take care of the rest. In reality there is a huge amount of responsibility that the parent must take on when they are homeschooling their child – even under the circumstances created by COVID19. A best case scenario would be that you as a parent are also working from home, allowing you to be involved in the day-to-day tasks associated with children getting their work done. Unfortunately, this is not often the case. Most parents are still going into work. Meaning the children have to rely on siblings, assuming they have siblings of course, to hold them accountable to completing their work. All of this added pressure on the family has led to most people wanting children to go back to in-person instruction. 

While both of these pain points can be solved with the continuation of in-person instruction, it must be said that it has to be done with everyone’s safety in mind. Meaning that the schools should only reopen if it means it can be done in a safe way where no one involved is at risk of contracting the virus. 

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