Homeschooling vs Public Schools

The war that pits homeschool vs public school has raged for years, and is one of perception that homeschooling parents must always face. One side is worried about socialization and quality of education, while the other side wants more control over the education process.There are a wide variety of issues when choosing a side in the homeschool vs public school battle.

Socialization

The number one argument against homeschooling is the lack of socialization as compared to public schools. This is the percrption that kids have more opportunity to funciton around other kids in a public school. It is true that public schools have an advantage here. However, with the advent of the internet and homeschool co-ops, the gap is narrowing quickly. Internet groups can schedule field trips and play dates and co-ops can give the child a traditional classroom experience (with a smaller teacher to student ratio) for a few hours a week. Homeschooling also opens doors for the child to interact with other age groups which is not always possible in a public school setting.

Money

Public Schools, even in these economic times, have a big edge financially over homeschoolers. Homeschoolers typically have to get by on one income while the other one teaches. In a public school, both parents have the opportunity to work if they choose and increase the household income. Public schools also to not charge parents for their kid's curriculum. a homeschool family must pay for all educational materials out of pocket. Public schools can also offer needy families free breakfast and lunch programs, where this option is not available to homeschooling families.

Convenience

A public school family has to race against the clock every morning to get everyone read for school and work, then the child has to go to the same place every day and stick to the same schedule. Homeschoolers can teach in their pajamas at noon or get up early and go to the zoo or grocery store for a lesson. This allows the homeschooler to focus on teaching during the child's most attentive hours. This also gives homeschoolers the chance to experience unusual teaching moments like small-group field trips and impromptu learning experiences.

Consistent Environment

Children need an environment that is consistently uplifting, supportive and steady in order to maximize their learning potential. Public schools, especially in current economic times, are subject to teacher layoffs, school shut downs and other changes. This means that the child may have to deal with an unexpected change in teachers or moving to a new school with unfamiliar classmates. That will create distractions and make it more difficult for the child to learn what they are going to school for.This is an issue that the homeschooler never has to be concerned with.

This debate pitting homeschool vs public school will probably never end but with changes in the system, technology and educational theories, the arguments will always change.

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zanin 5 years ago from London, England

After reading this , still not sure which I would prefer! My children are public schooled and that works well with me, but I can understand why some parents would consider home schooling. I think I would worry about the socialisation aspect - but as you stated there are ways around this. Also, I think this is more popular in the US than in the UK. I'm from UK. Interesting debate. Nina


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good classicist 4 years ago from Indiana

One thing I want to point out about the socialization argument- if homeschoolers have no social lives, than neither do most adults. Do most adults spend their lives surrounded by a ready-made pool of potential friends full-time? There may be some who do, but they are in the minority. Homeschooled children are no different from most adults in having to actively seek out friendships. I think homeschoolers are far better socialized than public-school kids inasmuch as they are learning to socialize in a far more real-world situation than the artificially created (and worse, age-segregated) environment of the classroom.


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HSAdvocate 4 years ago from Home

Good take on a complex topic, but I think you missed the most important aspect of homeschooling CLASS SIZE. Being able to individualize instruction is a huge advantage over public school. Kids can go as far as they want in subjects they are passionate about and not be left behind in subjects where they struggle because the class has to keep moving. Also I just put up a post on the question of homeschooling and socialization.

http://hubpages.com/education/Homeschooling-and-So...

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