While home schooling has grown in popularity as of 2015 and become a viable educational option, the decision to home-school depends on numerous factors including the parents' availability and qualifications and the child's personality. Other available educational options and the presence of local support groups are also factors to consider.
When home schooling, a parent becomes the student's primary instructor and must be qualified and available to teach. Usually this requires one parent to reduce working hours or leave the workforce completely, which may place an extra financial burden on the family. In addition, home schooling works best when the child wants to be educated at home or has not thrived in a school setting; home schooling a reluctant learner makes the job more difficult. Successful home schooling generally requires that both parents agree with the decision.
Before making a final decision, parents should consider other available options for their children's education and the reasons why home schooling may be best for their child. Many parents choose to home school out of a desire to incorporate their religious beliefs or because they believe local schools do not provide an adequate education. Finally, very few parents want their children to lack proper socialization with their peers. Therefore, parents should consider the availability of local support groups and cooperatives that offer field trips, supplementary classes and other opportunities for children to associate with other home-schooled children.