Home schooling is not a good idea

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 June, 2009, 12:00am

Home schooling is when children are educated at home, typically by parents but sometimes by tutors, rather than in a formal setting such as a public or private school.

Home schooling is legal in many countries, such as France and Australia. But, I do not think it is a good way to study. When children study at home, they do not have a normal social life because they are not surrounded by other people. They may also be held back because their parents cannot teach well or are too busy at work.

Also, being at home might be a distraction. They might be too comfortable and watch television, or even sleep, when they are supposed to be studying.

I think these reasons are enough to show that home schooling is not a good idea and Hong Kong is better off without it.

Hui Wing-sum,

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for the letter, Wing-sum. You touch on a very interesting subject. Home schooling is illegal in Hong Kong so it's not really a decision that people can take. Whether or not it should be legal is an interesting debate topic. There are many things against home schooling, as you mentioned. But there are also many benefits.

Some parents have moral issues with the things which are taught at schools. They feel they have a right to educate their children along their moral compass and so for them, home schooling is a good alternative. The large number of students in a class means less individual attention and home schooled students can gain more one-on-one time with their tutors and parents.

Also, siblings can benefit from hearing their older brothers' and sisters' lessons, instead of being forced into the regimented way of gaining knowledge at school. While home schooled students can make up the social shortfall by joining clubs and sports institutes, they will not be forced to socialise with children whose behaviour does not meet their parents' standards.

A juicy topic for debate indeed. What do other readers think?

Susan, Editor