The decision to public school or home school continues to be a very controversial topic. Parents want what’s best for their children. Whether one decides to send their child to public school or home school, it’s a decision that must be made with a lot of careful consideration. In the world we live in today a lot of parent’s feel as if their children are not getting an adequate education, they worry about safety concerns, peer pressure, and religious values.
Homeschooling is a method of teaching that has grown within the past decade. It has been reported, “In 1999 the percentage of school-age children who were being homeschooled increased from 1.7 percent to 2.9 percent in 2007” (National Center for Education Statistics). Deciding to home school your child can be a rewarding experience. Some of the benefits of being homeschooled are, one-on-one instruction, setting your own schedule, healthier food choices, safety, good morals, freedom of religion, and a lower risk of peer pressure.
There are of course some cons to homeschooling as well. Homeschooling can be more expensive than public schooling; also some teachers may not be qualified to teach in all areas of study. Public school has its pros and cons as well. When children are allowed to attend public schools, “they learn in group settings, and they have access to more extra-curricular activities” (www.educationbug.org). Now to look at the other side of the coin, public school has a “high student-teacher ratio, scheduled learning, and the school choose the curriculum” (www.educationbug.org). Having one-on-one instruction can increase the child’s academic success in areas where he/she may have struggled in public school. Parents are often times dissatisfied with public school curriculum. Students are being taught at a rapid speed whether they have learned the subject or not. When teachers are addressed about the issue, parents
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