A comparison between home and public schooling
University of Phoenix
March 4, 2012
Dr. George Williams
In this essay, the writer will make a comparison between home schooling and public schooling. Whereas similarities do exist, there also will be dissimilarities. Although there is a lack of diversity, both home schooling and public schooling are effective forms of education.
According to research several similarities and dissimilarities exist between home schooling and public schooling. However, for the purpose of this essay, the writer will investigate the following: (1) courses taught; (2) required credentials of teachers; (3) class structure, and (4) peer relationships. By comparing the two types of schooling, parents will be able to make an informed decision in regard to their children’s education. In both home and public schooling the curriculum is very similar. Both types of education must contain lessons that include reading, language, social studies, science, and mathematics. While in public schools the school district can dictate the curriculum, in home schooling the parents have the right to make choices. As long as the student completes four and one-half hours daily the parent may decide how much time to devote to a specific subject. This allows more flexibility to work with a child’s specific needs. As long as the student achieves a mastery of a specific subject more time may be spent on the weaker subjects. In both types of education specific goals must be achieved. In public school Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, known, as CRCT`s are the basis used in the classroom to assess the mastery of subjects. Home schooled students must take a nationally recognized assessment every third year in the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth grades. An acceptable test...