As homeschooling has grown in popularity over the last 40 years, so have stories of its successes. And so, the question could be asked – how much of its success is due to where the education takes place? Is there truly no place like home when it comes to learning? Our current experiment in distance learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic should help answer this question.
Though the hard data is still being collected, we are hearing many parents and teachers voice concerns about a steep learning slide due to the school closures. Anecdotally, it does not appear that the mere act of moving education from school building to home has positively impacted learning outcomes.
So if homeschooling seems to be successful and distance learning less so, we should investigate the factors that could contribute to this discrepancy: Continue reading