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Modern homeschooling is often vastly different to what many people would expect. I think, too often, people have an out-dated view of home education (based on assumptions and stereotypes). When you tell someone you are homeschooling, they seem to immediately think of sheltered, conservative families who don’t know what a television is and never leave the home.
However, over time, the majority of homeschoolers are strikingly different to these closed-minded views. Home educating has now evolved into a dynamic and exciting way of learning.
Some of the significant ways that homeschooling has changed in recent times are a result of technology:
- Cameras, camera phones, video cameras, tablets, etc to record and share information, ideas and learning.
- Movies and TV documentaries that bring knowledge and experiences into the home that we simply couldn’t otherwise.
- The internet – for communication,
- – for support,
- – and for resources.
Each of these apply to both parents and children. Of course, family, friends, people in the community, books, play, nature as well as many other not so technological mediums play a huge part and have a fundamental role in homeschooling. But it would be hard to challenge the positive role that all forms of technology have in education.
Technology creates somewhat of a virtual community. When used with boundaries and parental control, the internet opens an incredible amount of doorways to opportunities that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.
With Facebook and online support groups and forums, parents can begin to create a support network for their children and family. With home education co-operatives, local activities and shared resources, just to name a few. This also offers the ability to draw on other’s expertise and experience. No-one is a master at everything.
Modern technology gives a home educating child themselves (at an appropriate age) the ability to access information and support. While it is important to create limitations, it’s clear to see that the world-wide-web holds the key to a world of information – all at your child’s fingertips.
Furthermore, it is often portable and offers quick information and communication. Technology makes this great Earth we live on seem much smaller. When used well; I think it helps to teach children the importance of being a positive member in society.
What this means, for both the child and the parents is that homeschooling can feel less isolating. With online information, forums, groups, support, blogs, resources and more – the whole experience doesn’t feel so ostracizing.
The numerous opportunities can either make things seem easier or more overwhelming. This depends on the family and situation. I think it’s great though to research and consider your options. Ultimately, it’s a game changer when it comes to education itself including home education.
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What is or was your opinion on homeschooling? How do you think it has changed? Comment below and respectfully share your opinion!
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