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Home Schooling vs. Public Education

Updated on January 23, 2012
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Home Schooling and Public Education both have their pro’s and con’s. What do you think is better for a child? Take a look at the pro’s and con’s, which could all be debatable, and decide. These are all things that COULD happen, but not necessarily do.

Home Schooling:

  • Can take more firld trips/visits in the community.
  • One-on-one instruction
  • Comfortable environment
  • No bullying
  • No long bus ride
  • Easier to teach everyday life lessons (doing wash, dishes, dusting, etc.)


  • Parents usually are not certified
  • Want child to do well so just move them along even if they don’t understand the material
  • Lack of structure/routine
  • Distractions in the home
  • No monitored curriculum
  • Lack of peer socialization
  • May not be able to take instruction from others well
  • Usually less instruction time
  • Lack of specialized programs the students could receive in the school
  • Lack of discipline
  • Same teacher year after year

Public Education:

  • Monitored and mandated curriculum
  • Certified teachers
  • Peer socialization
  • Special classes such as gym, music, library, and art
  • Discipline system they are held accountable for
  • New teacher every year
  • Learning support classes with certified teacher
  • Special programs and rewards
  • Make friends with many people of different ages
  • Structured routine
  • Shown how to handle their own problems instead of relying on an adult


  • Bullying
  • Ratio of 20:1 or greater
  • Long bus rides
  • Viruses picked up easily.

I’ve seen children in both environments, and I’ve seen both sides of the home school products. One student excelled, went to college, and has a job now. The other is in 2nd grade and doesn’t recognize any letters or numbers. Basically, you don’t allow that 2nd grade product to occur if one is taught in the public education system. If they are like that, they go into learning support. I know there are arguments to both sides, but in my opinion, a child belongs in the public education system. What are your thoughts?

Do you think children should be homeschooled or have a public education?

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      KStro18 6 years ago from PA

      I really believe it's the environment both types of students are in. Every student is different too. Some students may thrive in that home school atmosphere and some may not and vice versa. I do believe, though, that if there would be some type of study between the 2 educations with tons of students being followed, publically educated students would have the edge.

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      Melanie Palen 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      I can't really say one way or the other. I've met some awesome people who have gone to public school and some people who were home schooled as well. The home schooled kids I met seemed to be much more interested in their own education than those I've met from public schools, but my home schooled peers had a considerable amount of trouble fitting in. I attended private school and we would get both homeschooled kits and public schooled kids coming in and it seemed that the public school kids seemed to do better (despite the learning curve to match up to our curriculum.) It seemed that the home schooled kids were the ones who would drop out or transfer because of not being able to fit in.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      I think it may completely depend upon the child and the local school environment. I've seen kids do very well in both circumstances.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Unfortunately, there are some school systems that will send that 2nd grader all the way through to graduation without really teaching him/her to read. My husband teaches at an HBCU and has seen too many kids that are not prepared for college.

      While there are slacker homeschoolers, there are also children who simply read later than others. I held back my homeschooled 2nd grader when he wasn't reading fluently. During the following year he bloomed and was reading Tolkein by the end of the year. If he hadn't bloomed, I would have consulted with one of my friends in the education sector.