Homeschooling is an option for parents to take on the responsibility of educating their children at home.
Advocates of homeschooling cite several benefits, including better academic test results, poor schooling environment, improved character/morality development, and objections to what is taught in local schools. In addition to that, parents will get to spend a LOT of time with their children.
Three of the main concerns regarding homeschooling are:
- Commitment. Homeschooling is very time consuming, and will eat into parents’ personal time and time for fulfilling other responsibilities. Also, while homeschooling can be accomplished rather inexpensively, the teaching parent won’t be able to hold a separate job, and the family thus suffers from a loss of income.
- Socialisation. Homeschoolers are likely to have limited social interaction with others, and are sheltered from mainstream society. Furthermore, homeschoolers will often be subjected to their parents’ one-sided point of view.
- Higher education. Many, but not all, universities admit homeschoolers. While a homeschooler’s academic track record may not be well documented, universities have ways around this, such as entrance exams and key test results.
In Malaysia, parents who wish their child to be exempt from public schooling have to apply to the Ministry of Education. For a more detailed description on the legal issues of homeschooling in Malaysia, click on this link.
The Learning Beyond Schooling website by Chong Wai Leng and Soon Koi Voon also has a wealth of information on homeschooling in Malaysia, including this useful Homeschooling FAQ. And finally, for those who like statistically supportive data, here are some academic statistics on homeschooling.
Homeschooling is one of many Early Years Education (EYE) methods available in Malaysia. See how it compares with other methods, such as Math Monkey and Montessori. And don’t forget to click the Share button below if you liked the article!