Gone are the days when kids had to wake up extremely early, stand in the cold waiting on the bus, and spend seven hours a day in a classroom. While we still have the choice of putting our children in public or private school, there is a new kid on the block, so to speak, in virtual schools. Homeschooling has been around for a little while now, but virtual schools are quite a bit newer. Many parents have decided that online schools in their state, like Indiana virtual courses, are a better way to go, rather than risk putting their kids in public or private schools in today’s chaotic world.
Of course, as with anything else in the world, the debate rages now over which is better, homeschooling through a virtual school or putting your child in the public or private school system. Parents, as always fall on different sides of the fence. With that in mind, if you are trying to make the correct choice for your child’s future, read on below for a few of the pros and cons of virtual school.
Pro: More Flexibility
One thing that virtual school parents say most often is that they hate the rigidity of public schools. With virtual school, you do still have a certain time of year that schools start and end, and regular holidays; these are close to public schools’ schedule and that’s where the similarity ends on schedules. With virtual schools, you control your hours. No longer do your children have to be in school from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. If you want your child to sleep until 9 am and then start their work, that is up to you. If your child has a Doctor’s appointment on Friday, he can make up his hours and work on Saturday without a problem. There are live classes that require attendance, but other than that, you decide when you want to do your work. All you need is the proper monitor for doing your work and an internet connection and your kid will be set!
Con: Social Interaction
One of the biggest downfalls of virtual schools is no social interaction. The kids will no longer be with other kids all day long. This is easy to combat, however, as in our case, we put our son in the local 4-H where he meets other kids. It’s also easier to involve your child in sports with the more flexible schedule. It honestly depends on your child as too whether social interaction will be a problem for them or not.
Pro: One of the biggest perks of a homeschool setting is the amount of time it takes to get school work completed. This, of course, is according to how dedicated your child is to getting the task at hand completed. We averaged out that our child was doing school related stuff, going to and from school, in class, and homework for about 10 hours a day. With virtual school, that time is cut in half and many times he is done with his work in under four hours and still has straight A’s.
These are just a few of the pros and cons of homeschooling in a virtual school setting. Do your research, take your time, and make the best choice for you and the child you love. Virtual schools are really taking hold and, though it may not be the best choice for every parent and child, we love it and wouldn’t change a thing!
About the author: Katherine Smith (Kat) is a San Diego based freelance writer who enjoys writing on a wide variety of fitness and entertainment topics. In her free time Kat enjoys the beach and playing volleyball with family and friends. Photo by Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash