Ive been homeschooling for almost a year now and although I really enjoy it, Ive found that there are a lot of things to consider and a lot of sacrifices you have to make when choosing one side over the other.

For starters, if you consider homeschooling I suggest having a parent or someone else who can help you and devote some time to helping you homeschool. Otherwise, youll have to figure everything out on your own which gets very difficult when it comes to harder subjects. While not impossible, homeschooling with a parents help is vastly easier.

Theres also the problem of motivating yourself. In a structured school, you have a teacher who gives you deadlines and if you dont meet those deadlines you have a problem. When youre homeschooled you have to be very self-motivated, you have to give yourself deadlines and goals, and that can be harder said than done. If you dont really have any consequences to meeting those deadlines, whats pushing you to meet them at all? You have to rely on reward or penalizing yourself to get things done.

Lastly, theres the social aspect. Homeschooling can get pretty lonely if you cant find a good homeschool group. You miss out on connecting and sharing ideas with other kids, and what it's like to learn collaboratively. Fortunately, things like Original Path's Socratic Dialogue events can make things significantly less lonely for homeschoolers, and anyone can join!

On the other hand, homeschooling opens up a world of opportunities to explore and really learn how to motivate yourself. Homeschooling lets you personalize your learning, allowing you to learn when you want, how you want, and at whatever speed you want! You get to personalize your curriculum and focus on the subjects that interest you the most/your strengths rather than what schools usually do which is focus on your weaknesses. You also get to learn about things that many schools don't even offer like digital animation or how to create a business online.

There are many things to consider when choosing your education, but its important to note that you do have a choice. You have options available to you for how you want to learn, and while they may vary state to state, the options still remain. I hope you found this perspective on the differences interesting and helpful for you.

Until next time,

Miriam Donovan