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 are told that the school system has a curriculum that they must adhere to. It is stated in an article that” the public school curriculum has huge gaps that are sometimes never closed. Here’s an example, Even though a group of third graders have not mastered the multiplication tables, they must keep plowing ahead in order to finish the book. Is that something we want to teach our children; to just rush through material without actually learning it? No, parents are more interested in their child(ren) getting the most out of every learning experience. There’s no limit to the amount of time spent on any one subject while being homeschooled. This can insure that the child has a good understanding before moving on to the next lesson. If the child excels in another area, it makes up for the time spent in areas where he/she might struggle. Often times with homeschooled children it is not unusual for them to finish their school day at least an hour or two ahead of public school kids. One-on-one instruction helps the parent identify weaknesses as well as strengths in any given area of study. It also allows the child to pay closer attention to what is being taught, as well as allowing the child the necessary time needed to understand a subject before moving forward. This can indeed ensure that the child will have a better education. Having said that, it instills in them to strive to be their best at whatever they do.
In public school, children may feel embarrassed in front of their peers to receive one-on-one help. They would rather accept a failing grade than run the risk of being teased or embarrassed. Also one-on-one instruction gives the child the ability to relate socially to their parents and other adults more effectively. One would think that homeschooled children are less social than public schooled children. But on the contrary, learning to relate to adults early in life can have a positive effect on the child’s future. It can broaden their...
References: National Center for Education Statistics: Homeschooling in the United States 2003-
Estimated of Homeschooled Students in the United States. Web. Nov. 6, 2010
Stevens, Mitchell, Lampert, Michele, Wuthrow, Robert (2003) Kingdom of Children:
Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement. Retrieved From: Princeton University
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