In the year 2017, there were at least 1.8 million homeschooled kids in the world. Bullying, violence in schools, and low quality of education are among the most common reasons parents choose to go the homeschooling way.
While these reasons are scary, to say the least, research shows that kids who go to an actual school have a significant advantage over homeschooled kids. In this post, we discuss the importance of school education in a child’s overall development despite the looming fear of bullying and school killings.
The primary goal of school education is, of course, mental development through learning various subjects. However, schools also open up a child’s mind to other aspects of life, especially if they attend an international school. For example, they go to school and interact with kids of different races, religions, and cultures. As they socialize with other people, they learn one or two things from them and appreciate different ways of life and perspective. This will come in handy when they have to go out into the world and work with people from all over the world.
Although homeschooling parents can encourage physical activity at home, it still doesn’t come anywhere close to what happens in school. Children take recess after every few subjects to go and play with their friends in the field. A break in school does not mean TV time or a few games here and there; its vigorous sports and running are necessary for their physical development and get rid of all the excess energy children have.
Schools also have structured sports such as football, basketball, dance, music, and other activities. Every child must participate in these activities to build up their chops and become healthy individuals.
Emotional and social development
The only people your child socializes with at home are close family members and sometimes neighbors. This does not provide an optimum platform to develop the social and emotional skills needed to be a well-rounded human being. The reality is, the world is a brutal place; bosses are mean, jobs are scarce, and people are competitive. The only way children will learn to fight for themselves and compete with fierce contenders out there is to go through it as children in school. Going to class and playing with a hundred other children also teaches children social skills such as empathy, teamwork, forming and maintaining relationships, and empathy towards people who are different from you.
Creativity and imagination
Today’s curriculum in almost every part of the world focuses as much time on creativity as they do on basic subjects. Creating things from nowhere is no longer just something students do in kindergarten; it’s now part of the entire school system. Today children are encouraged to be innovative and utilize their imagination through information technology, science, and art. Children also learn the art of problem-solving and critical thinking, no matter how hard the problem is.
Perhaps the most significant argument in favor of school education is that kids learn leadership skills. Today’s youngsters are leaders of tomorrow, and they must understand what leadership entails. At the basic level, teachers and fellow students choose who will be in charge of classes, teams, and overall school leaders. Class presidents and prom king/queen contenders have to sell their manifesto to the whole school before getting elected. Even though everyone cannot become a leader, students learn how to choose leaders and serve under them.
As said earlier, the world is a brutal place, and you have to fight for everything you get unless your father is in the government. Healthy competition starts from school- you fight in sports, fight to become valedictorian, fight for girls and boys, and get into extra-curricular activities such as sports and music. This goes on when you get in the world, only now you will be fully prepared to deal with rejection and competition without batting an eye.
Very few people in this world know who they are or what they want in life early on. Schools expose you to various activities and challenges that help you learn who you are and what you like. You get a chance to participate in multiple sports, be a cheerleader, join the music team and the science club, all before you leave junior high. People have learned they want to become lawyers in debate club; others learned their music and art talent in those school clubs while others became bonafide sports heroes because they played in school.
Forget when school education was about getting good grades and going to university. Today, school is the pathway to self-discovery and the overall development of human capacity. You will grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and, most importantly, socially.