Eleven and Educated: Was homeschooling useful?

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Hey, it’s Jerry Garrett back with another homeschooling post. This time, I’ll share how it’s been for me. So far, homeschooling has been a fantastic journey. I’ve discovered new interests and pursued passions I never would have explored in a traditional school.

As an example, I discovered a love for playing the drums during this time, which I was not able to do in a normal school setting. Homeschooling has given me the freedom to chase my dreams. Every time my dad is available, we also embark on a variety of industry visits. No more juggling school schedules!

And another factor to take into account is the fact that I or rather we as a family can go on vacation whenever possible. Our schoolwork doesn’t suffer when we travel, such as when we travel to Bangalore frequently. Or we don’t even need to bother about the leave application we have to submit to the school.

Homeschooling fits our family like a glove. My dad’s flexible job allows him to teach us a lot, while my mom covers subjects like Tamil, math, and more. With their support, I’m learning skills that would have taken me years to start in a traditional school – like coding.

I’m fortunate to have access to top-notch online resources like CS50 by Harvard on EdX, which has helped me dive into the world of computer science. Everything falls into place: I learn a lot, my parents can handle it, and we thrive together on this homeschooling adventure.
We have made significant progress, my friends, and we have a long way to go. That’s all for this lesson. I look forward to seeing you next week when we meet again.

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