HOMESCHOOLING: LEARNING WITHOUT SCHOOL

Homeschooling is an alternative education (not a school). The host is a family (not an institution). Home-based (home to be the starting point and also the back place in the learning process). Homeschooling is attached to the family rather than the institution.

School is the path of formal education. Homeschooling is an informal educational path while the institution is a non-formal education path. So it is not appropriate legally if there is an institution that calls itself with Homeschooling.

Schools, educational institutions, and homeschooling are tools to achieve the educational goal of achieving good for the future of the child. All three are equally legal and exist for the future of the child.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Homeschooling

The Advantages of Homeschooling

  • Flexible

Both in the educational model, the material and the way of learning, the learning time is also in terms of maximizing the utilization of children’s education fund.

  • Customization Education

Because of their high flexibility, each family can design the right curriculum for each child according to its potential strength.

  • Access to the Real World

Due to the process of daily-based learning, field practice or apprentices, Homeschooling children are more adaptable when plunging into the community.

  • Proximity of family members

Parents and children continue to connect during the learning process. The warmth and strength of this relationship will make the child happy and more mature psychologically able to face the external challenges of his adult life

Disadvantages of Homeschooling

  • Complexity of Expenditure

Because most of the educational processes that manage are parents themselves. Then the complexity and responsibilities of Parents become greater than when children are in school.

  • Lack of Infrastructure

The education infrastructure in Indonesia is mostly intended for children in school.

  • Reliance on Family

There is a risk to the sustainability of the educational process in the event of extraordinary conditions, such as divorce or death.

  • External Pressure

Because the paradigm that develops in society today is sending their children to school in formal educational institutions only. So the choice not to send children into something strange to society.

Starting Homeschooling

Long before entering school age even in the womb, every child experience the learning process. If all this time we consider learning = school, then does it mean after the child’s loose school will stop learning?

When we make the school / diploma a goal, then when the goal is achieved, the desire to continue learning will be lost. The nature of learning becomes injured. Whereas should be the process of continuous learning we do, from birth to the last breath.

Maintaining the nature of children’s learning is not too difficult. Simply ignite the curiosity and make room for their best potential (inside out) and refrain from the desire to cram a variety of material (outside in) that we ourselves are not sure of the benefits for their future.

Understanding that the child is not a blank piece of paper, but born with the many unique potentials that God has specifically instilled in him, the home education process will be easier to begin with.

The key words we must hold when we are homeschoolers are “growing together”. Because our role is as a companion of a journey, not a teacher, fairy mother let alone God omniscient. There is no need for imagery in our own homes. Release the idea that we must be all-know first, all-round first, all perfect first before becoming homeschooler parents.

Low-level education, feeling unskilled in one area, inexperienced as a teacher, temperamental, undisciplined and a variety of other weaknesses, is not a reason for homeschoolers to send their children to school. Precisely this disclosure makes us aware that we also have a personal homework. Because homeschooling is mostly parenting. How we become better parents for children. As Naomi Aldort says, “Raising children is raising ourselves”. While maturing the children, we are also obliged to mature ourselves.