Earlier, it was said that education is a privilege. Nowadays, education is considered as an indispensable part of a child’s rights. John Dewey quotes “education is not preparation of life, education is life itself.” Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the life of an individual. The most important aspect of leading a civilized life is education. It is the most important asset one can ever have. It is the basic parameter to have a worth and say in the social circle; the thing which matters the most is quality of education. Education makes us capable and able to compete. As education has so much to offer, people have started to consider and acknowledge its importance in life. In a country like United Kingdom, education has always been high on the agenda. In fact, in UK, the concept of Home Education has been an essential part of the society.
Now, the question that arises is why studying at home if schools are there. Some parents are not satisfied by the school system, or, there are simply no good schools in the near by area. Some prefer home schooling because of financial reasons as well. In some cases, it may also happen that the child is not medically fit, or is autistic, to attend classes with other students. As far as UK is concerned, Home Education is increasingly gaining grounds. There are many advantages of home education over school education. The best part of home based education is the individual attention given to the child. It is comfortable to study at home with safe friendly environment in the supervision of parents. Then, every child is not same. Some grasp easily and perform better in competition, while some find it comparatively tough to perform among a group of pupils. Home education also refrains from unhealthy competition and nagging to perform and secure better grades in the class.
Home schooling students primarily fall under two main categories: adult learners, who could not complete school education for some reasons and are now willing to attain education, and home-educated youngsters falling in the age-group 11-18 years. Most of the schools that provide such type of schooling have the provision of written study material. This material is studied through a typical syllabus. Self assessment tests are also a part of home schooling. Interaction with special tutors helps students to complete their assignments and clear their concepts. Home Education Courses may include disciplines like English, History, Geography, Mathematics, etc for young children, and subjects like Teaching, Nursing and Policing for young adults above 18.