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Homeschool vs. Public Education

The advantages of home schooling versus public education have been debated for ages and have been a great cause of concern among parents. Parents keen on ascertaining a bright future for their children should dwell on the details of both home schooling and public education, scrutinize them thoroughly, before opting for any one of the two.



The Advantages Of Home Schooling


* The crucial advantage of home schooling is its flexibility. You can select the lessons to perfectly complement your child’s learning aptitude.

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You may read the whole article at http://www.homeschoolinkwell.com/home-schooling-versus-public-education.html

Which method of education do you think is best and why?

133 comments:

kmabe said...

Like many things in our culture I have a difficult time whole heartedly choosing one exact way or another. I can actually speak from experience on both sides. I have been both home schooled as well as participated in public education. As this article shows each have their strengths and weaknesses. I was home schooled 1-8th grade and then went to public school and (obviously) am now in college. I personally like the idea of home schooling my children in the future. I like that I can influence them strongly in an educational way. I also like that I can take a stronger part and have greater influence in that portion of their childhood. As long as a child is given the opportunity to socialize in an atmosphere with their peers in extra curricular activities I believe home schooling can be highly beneficial if done correctly. That said if my child did ask to go to high school by the time they reached that grade level I would not hold them back, but give them the choice.

Athena Smith said...

I agree with the strenghts and weaknesses stated in the article . I am finishing up my PhD through distance education and it is a sort of homeschooling. It tests my discipline but it deprives me of the intercation I would have in a classroom. I personally would like a combination of the two. Concurrently.

figlio della lupa said...

I actually thought of this a few days ago. Public schools are such a mess right now. I have a younger sister who is 13..the things she tells me that go on in school are quite frightening. From sex to cocaine usage. The crazy part is that I live in a nicer area..so I guess even that makes it's way here.
At the same time though, to me public schooling seems like a better idea at the same time. It seems better for developing social skills, meeting friends, understanding the world around them, etc.
Honestly, I am quite undecided with this topic. Perhaps private schooling would be the best choice..

bklynblog said...

It really depends on the child. If he or she get distracted easily by other people then home school would be an option. Personaly, I'm not a "stay at home" type of person. I have to get out of my house. Going to school outside of the house is a good way for kids to interact with other children. How can a child make friends and get involved in sports or social groups doing home school? I wouldn't be able to do it. A student shouldn't be limited or excluded from after school activities, sports, making friends or meeting new people.

Ashley Marie said...

I understand both sides to this arguement and I understand why people choose to put children in public schooling as well as staying and being home schooled. I personally have been in the public schooling system since kindergarden and see no wrong with it, however, I also grew up in a town with barely over 10,000 people, if that, and everyone knew everyones business. There was never the problems of intercity public schooling such as over population and not enough support from the community. When I was graduating highschool there was almost a million dollars donated for scholarships to the students from businesses or organizations in the area. However, until I moved to Tampa and truely saw what living in a city meant and what traffic really was, I would have to take a second and debate whether public schooling would be right for my child. Another thing I think, aside from location, that needs to be conisdered is the fact, if you home school your child then there wouldnt be able to work a regular career and with prices increasing on just about everything I think it would be very hard to accomplish. Although education is very important and everyone deserves the best education they can get, it is upseting the public school system does not get enough support (financially or any other kind) from the state or national government.

squeen13 said...

I have always thought home-schooling was ridiculous. I remember going to the park sometimes and seeing their little get-togethers. I always thought they were really odd, and that homeschooling hindered the social growth of children.
I'm sure there are schools out there that are bad enough to where people will prefer homeschooling, but I don't think it's the best choice. Public schools introduce children into the environment and acclimates them for the future. They meet friends and are motivated with school and extra curricular activities. A child can become more well-rounded and prepared for the real world when in a public school atmosphere. There are just more things a public school education can offer a child than home-schooling can.

missmeliss said...

Personally I think the decision is up to the parents and the child. But if it were my child, I would say public schooling. I agree with the advantages from both sides. But then again, I think public schooling was best for me. I got to interact with a lot different students, I made a lot of friends, and I stayed out of the unnecessary drama most girls go through. If most kids can survive the harsh realities of public schools like I did, then I don't see the harm in sending your kids to one. It depends a lot on how the child works in a school setting. I got distracted very easily, so if I got taught at home, it would probably take me forever to complete an assignment, therefore working on school work at school was easier for me to concentrate. On the contrary, if a parent is a stay-at-home parent and can find the time to teach their child at the house, then go for it. Like I said, what ever works best for the family is what I think is best in the long run. But in my case, both my parents worked full-time, so obviously home schooling wasn't an option.

juz10 said...

The ideas addressed here relate to home schooling as it applies to young children and adolescents, there seems to be no harm that distance or online learning classes can do to an adult, except for the obvious deprivation of class interaction. Home schooling can be a good idea in some instances, when it is done responsibly and correctly, but main problem with it lies with the reasons way many parents choose this option. It seems that many religious fanatic parents choose this option so that they can keep their children away from the "dangerous" theory of evolution while cramming them full of creatitionist views and Christian rhetoric. In some cases, home schooling is what is in the best interest of a particular child, but it should never be seen as something that can completely replace regular school, with its social interaction that is crucial for a child’s development and coping skills. Sadly, in many instances the choose to home school a child isn't about what is best for the child it is about what is best for the parent, many of these parents are scared there child will get into trouble with gangs or drugs or be indoctrinated with some beliefs besides what they are trying to indoctrinated them with. Therefore, the parents pull the kids from school many times to the child’s detriment, when all is said and done they are social pariahs and in many instances mental cripples.
Home schooling is a good idea in some instances like when a child has issues with fighting or some kind of trauma or psychological problems but it should be done responsible and with the child’s best interest in mind and for a short a period as possible.

ofe22 said...

I think public education makes you a better rounded student.You have to be more dicipline when assigments are due ,being to school on time , and balancing a personal life because you are on their schedual.I also think it prepares you better for college because you will be comfortable learning in a classroom enviorment.It also gives you the opportunity to participate in school activities and soprts . You also get to interact with other people other than your family and form healthy relationships.

bassprodigy said...

I do not really know what it is like to be home schooled so I cannot say that I like it better. But if I had time to home school my children I would probably do that. I would make sure that they got into extracurricular activities. Most of the extracurricular activities that I got into were not in school. I got into a lot of trouble when I was in public school because the group of friends I got into were not a good influence on me. I eventually grew out of my foolish ways, but that was because of my own decision to grow up. A lot of kids do not have that drive to get out of a bad situation. My little sister, for example, would do anything to get people to like her in school. I think she would be better off if she was in home schooling. She plays softball so she socializes with people from her team.

foXyE77 said...

Both of these methods have advantages as well as disadvantages.Being a student that has been in public school all my life , It would be easy to say that public school is the better method but just reading about home schooling i came to realize that home schooling can be just as good as public school.I would like a way to combine both in the future for all students.I believe that the home schooled child does indeed get deprived from social interaction but the child could be involved in sports and still be a well-rounded individual.That goes the opposite for a public schooled student may have a problem in one area that needs one on one learning thats where home schooling that subject would take effect.It does depend on the child and whats best for him/her and the parent but in my opinion both methods are satisfactory and I would like to see more home schooling with public education in future with combining the two.

DaisyDown23 said...

There are pros and cons to both home schooling and public shooling. Public schooling exposes a child to diversity and it also establishes a social foundation. Kids are able to express who they are to a group of people who are just like them. However there is a lot of bullying and social criticism involved when there is a mass of students that are so diverse. You also have a large number of studentsin a small class room and a child may not get the learning opportunity he or she needs. With home school the child doesnt get a lot of social activity and they dont really get used to a formed schedual. They might get up whenever, do their work whenever and as long as they complete it they're free to do what they want. Unlike public schools,however, a child gets one on one interaction with the teacher and they're able to have whatever learning needs taken care of. Im not partial to either. I grew up in public schools and I was happy throughout the years. I dont think homeschooling would have any different effect.

jvitale said...

I believe that every parent should have their own choice on what they want to do with their children. However, personally I would NEVER home school any of my children, first of all they don't get to interact with other children their age, which results in them being isolated away from the general public of children. Why not let your children go to school and learn, and help them do their homework and go over their school work. Being home schooled doesn't allow a child to see what the real world is like.

dwtc said...

I think public school is a much better teaching environment for the student than homeschooling. I have many homeschooled friends and when they do finally graduate their homeschool program, they seem to sometimes have a lack of friends due t o a lack of friendship skills. Being in a public school teaches a student many "people skills." A student learns how to interact with other people to acomplish things, stay out of trouble , or just to overall make their life easier by interacting with others. Often in a homeschool situation, a student has limited class mates and friends and is most often limited to the interaction of their parents and siblings thus leading to a hinderance in social skills.

Chris Potts said...

One of my ex girlfriends had a sister who was home schooled, and I can tell from just talking to her in every day situations that her social skills were quite lacking. Whenever in a situation in the public she would always cling to her mother or her sister, because it seemed like she dreaded talking to anyone outside the family. Also, observing her talk to the public I could tell she was very timid and was obviously discomforted by the experience. Homeschool, as mentioned in the article, does have its academic advantages but honestly? Social skills are just as important as all that bookwork junk. You're always interacting with people, this is a necessary skill that requires development. During our school years is the obvious and best time to develop the skills.

J_Rambo said...

If the parent/tutor has the time and is well educated, then home-schooling would be the way to go. There are always other ways for kids to socialize other than school. Honestly though, you can't expect everybody to have that capability. That is why we have both. I would love to have my future-child home-schooled up to a certain point, but I know I'll be teaching all day myself in a classroom somewhere. I can't be in both places at once. At the same time, I wouldn't want him/her to miss out on all the great "shared memories" they may make with other friends. Sure there's risks involved in public schools; there's risks in everything. I just feel that a kid would find greater happiness there, and isn't that what we all really want for our loved ones? They will still get an education, and if you really want to make sure of it, participate. Get involved with your child's school. Great schools become who they are in respect to how much help they receive from the community.

Ro-twin said...

I understand some people recommend home schooling but i prefer public education instead. The public education system have wonderful teachers who educate our children very well. If it was not for the teachers i came across throughout school i do not think i would have made it this far. I believe in being in the classroom. Children need to be with their peers. They need a break from their parents. Besides, children takes criticism from others well then from a family member. Also, in order for children to grow they need to establish their own independence. I feel they cannot do that if they are in the home all the time. Parents also need space from their children too. When my kids are old enough they will go to a public school because it worked for me so it work for them, And whatever they are weak in I will help them in that subject in order for them to excel.
However, I know people feel public school is a bad choice because they feel the school system is not doing there job which is not true. It is the parent and child responsibility to take what they have learned in school for the day and take it home an excel on it beause teachers in public schools can only do so much. So an my opinion homeschool and public education kind of correlate.

Girl_in_the_Front said...

Public school by far. There is no way that you can lead a normal social life, and interact with other people your own age when you've been so isolated society. I'm sorry, but I have seen people come from home schooled homes and then come into university, and they have absolutly no idea how to interact with people. Public school gives you a whole different perspective in life, and teaches you things that you absolutly can not learn when you're being schooled in home, by a parent or other professional teacher.

i mean when ur home schooled u have no social life what's so ever, you feel like your isolated from the world. my bestfriend sister is being home school right now because her parents feel like there is too many crazy teens out there in the would but all she's doing is taing aways her childhood. there is a lot of crazy people out there being that u are in school or even in your own hood.

Stevie-D said...

Having experienced home school my 7th and 8th grade years, I feel somewhat qualified to answer this question.

First, let me dispel a myth: "Homeschoolers are socially retarded." This is absolutely false. Although some truth can be found in perhaps saying that some homeschoolers have fewer friends, I have known homeschooled kids with more friends than some public-schooled kids.

I appreciate the tone of this article because it evenly gave both sides of the issue. I have to say that what I would prefer for myself (homeschool) wouldn't necessarily be what I would want for my children. Why, you might ask? Because I haven't had kids yet! I don't believe anyone can best make a decision of such import without first knowing the needs of the individual. This is not a "it's right for everyone" approach like toothpaste.

Then again, it won't be my child's choice, either. What would be the point of being a parent if you don't guide your kids until they can make their own decisions?

One example: I was personally acquainted with a family of twelve (biological and adopted) in Helena Montana that both had some kids in homeschool and some kids in public school. The parents knew the strengths and weaknesses of all their children and planned accordingly. This is exactly what I mean by "knowing the needs of the individual."

RockyRikoko said...

I can’t say I really have an opinion as to which is better than the other. If a parent believes they are doing the right thing for their child and is willing to invest the time into providing a customized, personal education for them then why not. We should all be so lucky to have such caring parents. I don’t know much about the grading and testing standards, but I’m sure there is a system in place that can tell if the child is getting a decent education or not and is able to step in on his or her behalf if needed.

sunshine said...

Like any loving mother I will always want what is best for my kids. I feel that public schools are what they will attend. I didn't have an option I was sent to a public school, and I think I turned out fine in spite of my environment. Being home schooled has many learning advantages; unfortunately, the interaction with other peers can not be taught through books. I think that in a public school each person can find out who they really are and what are they best at as well as what interests them. At home all the things follow a pattern in that person's life, but the real world will not function that way. Public schools will expose them to the real world. Never the less I feel that if my child starts getting out of track at about 6th grade I would home school them till 10th grade. In that gap is where I personally think kids get more peer pressure to being bad or rebellious.

Mousie101 said...

Personally, I do not have a preference. Both methods of schooling are great options. I am not a mother, and I do not know what would be best for my children. I would, more than likely, start my child off in a public school. They need to socialize. If it does not work out, then I would learn to become a stay-at-home mom and home school my children. It is not what the parent thinks the child should do. It is what is best for the child. Some children do better in one rather than the other. That is like the ACT and the SAT. Students usually do better in one, not both. However, with home schooling, how do we know what will be tested on those types of tests? Although, that does not seem to be an issue, since most home schooled students do better than those in public schools.

JC_Lims said...

Both Homeschooling and Public Education have advantage and disadvantage for some reasons that have already explained in the article. In my opinion, either one of them is okay as far as people still have opportunity to get knowledge, and they can choose what methods would be the best for them to learn.Education for my perspective is a process how we have nothing until we get something in this life. Since every single thing in this life has risks, it is not a matter to say one method would be better than another for the kids to be educated.Personally, I would choose the combination of homeschooling and public school then see which one is suitable for me or my future kids to get not only formal education but also real experiences in society.

APhilibert said...

I think that homeschooling is a great idea, if you do it the right way. There are so many things wrong with public schools. If you were to keep the children home for schooling, you could cut back on the bad influences in their life to a small extent. There are also the very important aspects mentioned in the article: more attention and fewer interruptions from other’s misbehavior. I do believe that if a child is homeschooled, it is very important for them to have organized social gatherings and make friends, or maybe be on a recreational sports team. Social interaction is extremely important in growing up, and homeschooling is only productive and healthy for a child if they are getting their social needs fulfilled in another setting.

countrygirl said...

I have a difficult time siding with either side because everyone is different. One thing might be great for one group of people and horrible for another group. It really depends on the person. Some parents value their alone time during the day more than others. Some children learn better in a one on one environment and others learn better in a group. I personally went to public school all of my life. I graduated in the top ten percent of my class and loved the atmosphere. My aunts and uncles were all homeschooled and they all loved it. I can see the ups and downs on the issue, but like everything else in this world you have to compare the two sides and see which way is the best for you. Another thing to think about is that in todays society most households have to have two incomes to make ends met and therefore, it makes it a little easier to have your children in public school.

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AlyssaBeene said...

was home schooled for three years, for fifth, sixth, and seventh grade. In those three years I did more work and studied harder than I did at any point in my high school career. I found that when I entered the public school system in eighth grade I was completley bored. It was kind of pathetic how little is being taught in today's public school system, when home schooling I had twelve subjects and lessons for each one and I was not allowed to quit for the day until it was done; but when you are in school the strain of having more than one student did not always guarantee finishing was was being taught. I will admit I was a lazy kid so after I discovered how easy the public school system was I stayed, it provided the social atmosphere I craved and let me get good grades without having to work hard at all.

mdowd said...

I believe that home schooling has a great deal of potential to broaden the horizons of a young person. Like the article says,
"The crucial advantage of home schooling is its flexibility. You can select the lessons to perfectly complement your child’s learning aptitude."
The primary disadvantage I see to home schooling, assuming that the parent is competent enough to provide a well balanced experience, is it's lack of social interaction. I feel that this can be made up for though, through enrollment in organizations like boy or girl scouts, town recreation league sports, church activities, other similar programs.
I don't think public schools are all bad, however. Like I said, the social interaction aspect is certainly important, and quite unavoidable in the public system. My overall opinion is that either way has it's advantages and disadvantages, and they are both viable options.

tabi said...

public education would best suit the child for the real world,even though homeschool sounds great and would be very flexible for your scheduling and household chores, students need to make friends and be in an area interacting with kids there age.I feel that if you take a child out of this system there will be damage done to there social welfare. It might be harder for them to make friends after there done with school , unlike public school where there is great ooportunities to succeed, and sports to join to keep healthy and fit. also it is easyer to gain scholorships if a student is in a public school.

max said...

I think that public schooling is the best choice. I see no advantage in home schooling. Yes there is no schedule for the student to follow, but that is not how the real world works. When you get a job you have a schedule and if you don’t come in on the days your schedule you’re fired. Instead of getting a well rounded education you might get taught in one subject longer than others. If there was a way for home schooling in the fact you do it online and you have to be online at a certain time and you have a time limit I would agree with homeschooling. I think in public school you get the social interaction and you learn how to deal with people and problems.

Lucretia said...

I have met 3 people in my life who were home schooled. One is normal and of average intellect, the other is in trouble with the law, and the last one is dumber than a box of rocks, as well as scared to talk to anyone they don’t know. This is also true with kids who are completely dependant on the public school system. Unless the parent has some sort of experience or degree, they shouldn’t completely rely on home schooling. I think a combination of both would be best for all children. After I would get out of elementary school and come home, my parents would go over things individually with me that the teachers couldn’t. Whatever I didn’t learn in class I would learn at home. That is the approach I will take with my child. That way, he’ll be able to develop all the skills needed to function in this world.

phillyfan said...

I believe that public schooling is the better of the two just because of the socializing factor. I also believe that some people have a very hard time when they are older because of their lack of social skills. Social skills are a huge part of our lives, as they do shape who we are as a person and how others perceive us. When applying for a job I believe that a huge part of the interviewing process is how you interact with people, especially your employer. If it were a job with no social interaction then maybe it would not influence their decision either way. Overall I strongly believe that schooling in general is obviously learning math, English and so on but also learning to interact with others and make friends. The only thing I would thing would be a benefit of being home-schooled is the bond you would build with your parents. My children are definitely going to a public school.

michelleL said...

I strongly believe that public school is better for the simple fact of social interaction. You cannot be taught social skills any other way than experience. I think you need to socialize to be happy, have friends and be exposed to both people you like and don’t like. In the real world when you’re out of school you need to learn how to function with all types of people and the public school environment gives you that! Being in public school environment also exposes a child to many negative things like drugs, sex and violence but those factors are everywhere !!!!!
Public school is better.

heather said...

I agree with the advantages of both home schooling and public schooling. There are going to be somewhat harsh realities childeren and/or teenagers will be exposed to through public schooling, given the vast variety of upbringings, and they will be influenced by their peers. Parents need to be the better role model and have a stonger influence on them. Thats how we learn when to say no, how to differentiate a good friend from a bad one, how to prioritize our time, how to work in groups of people, etc. Along with academics, there are many social aspects public schooling teaches us through experience. Even though these social aspects have been placed under the importance of maintaing good grades, I think they are still just as important. The bottom line is people need to be surrounded by just as much social activity as academic activity. If that can be achieved by both options then I really dont think there is a better of the two. I suppose it would have to be up the parents and the child.

mike b said...

I believe there are pros an cons to this as there is to many other things.I believe eduation can differ with multiple things such as teachers ,subjects ,etc.In saying that i believe you can recieve just as good of an education from either of the two.I belive one major issue that sticks out in this controversial question is that when you are homeschooled you do not recieve the social skills that you will need to be successful in life.There are mamy different opinions on this question i believe that there will always be therefore there will never be one right anwser to this question only opinions.

brasilenamorena said...

Well, I think the best education is through public schooling. Some may think that public schools education is not of the standards of home schooling but there are private schools and magnet schools that are up to that level. Home schooling does not allow the child to cooperate in groups with their peers (which a child needs because the rest of their life is not going to be like home school). Also the people you meet in public school are the friends that last for life. There are not that many options for meeting people in home school.

Tara Johnson said...

I believe that Public education is a better form of learning because, you not only learn educational values but, you will learn social values that will help during your whole life. I can identify many situations in my life where I have learned a very valuable lesson thanks to the public educational system. Home schooling I guess depending on the child can assist in the learning process because, you get to stick with your own pace, and you can make the lessons attract your way of knowledge. Public education has a lot of great things but, I just truthfully believe that a public education will better prepare you for the real world.

KathleenB said...

I see a lot of Pros and Cons about homeschooling. I feel like some of the others that you learn much more in a public school. I do keep in mind that I am from a society that was based on working a routine of 9 to 5. Dad worked and Mom stayed home with us or was there when we got home from school, so based on this it is very important that children have routine and structure. I see where home schooling could be too flexible. Freedom does not come cheap.
My son has been in Day Care since he was 4 weeks old (the first was a Nanny). I see where the interaction with other children has helped him put all these lessons I have taught him to use. Respect, honesty, OK well he is just 9 I am still working on it. Ha, Ha. No, really I have had bully issues we have been through, but you know don't you have a bully at work too? Maybe this teaching him how to deal with these types of situations he may always encounter. I see where homeschooling can be a way to protect your child from all wrong doing or temptation, what is going to happen when you are gone and they are left alone. They won't be able to cope with society and life's roller coaster of emotions.

As for Quality time, yes very important. That is apart of routine. One example is, I have always left Sunday for Corey (my Son). That is his day to do what ever he wanted to do. That is family day only. This is what he expects. What I am saying is if you make the time you still get quality time and some very treasured moments.

My problem with public education is it has gotten to political. Adults are fighting over Holidays and how much money can be earned from the FCAT. They are forgetting why children are going to school. I watch my Son's schooling close and one thing I have observed the only time our schools are teaching Math, English, Science, etc. is when they are preparing for the FCAT, the grades in between are called review grades. The grade levels that are taking FCAT at that time is getting the Best education, Why can't we keep these high standards of educating all the time. I believe this is what is pushing people into homeschooling, politics.

Megan said...

Home school has a very large flaw, socialization. Children who do not go to a school with others do not get the opportunity to learn how to interact. The social skills a person learns as a child effects the rest of their life. The children who are home schooled tend to be shy and more reserved, than those who had the opportunity to play with others for years. Years down the road they may start to branch out, but most children never feel as though they were prepared. The youths learn what manners needed to be used in daily life, and for which particular person or groups of people. This lesson also includes what is considered offensive material as well.

The again I do understand why parents home school their children, they feel as though they are protecting them. Yes, children learn many things at schools that would amaze anyone. I work at a school and the information kindergartners have about subjects scares me. So many parents do keep their children at home to protect their young child from learning information too quickly. Each parent has a limit to the information they want they children to learn. Some subjects parents want to teach their children themselves, so the view is not skewed. Another good reason for home school is the one on one learning experience. Some children need extra attention to be able to understand the lessons. Certain children cannot sit still, or learn more slowly.
The choice to home school a child depends on the parents and the children individually. What is right for one family is not always correct for another.

Lanlande said...

In my opinion, I think both home school and Public education are good, but I will prefer to send my kid to a private school or public school then home school. I don’t know why for some reason since I was little I didn’t seem to like home school till now I never do. In my mind I’ve always think home school only teach the basic things, and you don’t have that much friend, and you don’t get to see the outside world often .It always you and your relatives and most of the home school student become very shine to speak in front of people from the outside. Most of all, I think public education is the best of all you have the chance to learn a lot of thing s that goes outside of the world.

Jenna said...

I think both forms of educations are valid. It really depends on the student on which type is best suited for them. I know of several students who are being home schooled, because they are pursuing a sports career, one in gymnastics and the other in figure skating, and home schooling is the only way they can both receive their education and pursue their athletic goals. Then, there are some students who require a teacher and a structured classroom environment for them to succeed educationally, which is fine too. I personally like to have a combination, so I can have some freedom with my class scheduling when it comes to work and having a social life. Overall, I think both forms of schooling are appropriate, and should be considered on a case by case basis.

khester2 said...

I cannot choose between homeschooling and public education. Both have advantages and as well as disadvantages. I have been enrolled in a public school, a private school, and I have also been homeschooled. I believe that a combination of homeschooling and public education is very advantageous. The homeschooling system allows the student to be more focused on their work and less on their social lives and often have better grades. However, the public education system allows students to have social interaction with their peers which is necessary for a healthy life. The private institution also has the same effect on students as public.

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Avon said...

Real school is the way to go. How could someone not want to fill the experience of real school. Its nothing like going to the prom or homecoming. Homeschool will rob you of all that. I think homeschool is for lazy people.

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pink blossom said...

I can tell you a little bit of both sides from experience bacause I went to public school up to 8th grade and then took home schooling for high school. I loved the fact that I had a full time job being in home school. Because really I didn't like going to school, everyone picked on me and hated waking up so early. So you get a feel on both sides. I would do the same to my kids now. They now go to public school and if they want to start home school in high school that's fine with me. Also because, by then their old enough to where you really don't need someone there to teach them all the time. They can always decide to go back to public school. It's their choice.

B1ackMesa said...

I know that both sides have their ups and downs, but since I have only experienced public education, I'm going to have to side with that side.

I believe you go to school to learn. Not only math and english, but life lessons. If you are home schooled, you miss out on meeting many new people. When people form relationships, I believe they learn and build off of each other. When you are home schooled, you get to do lessons at your leisure, but you miss out on a real teacher and friends.

Like I said, I have only experienced public schooling so I am a bit biased, but I truly believe that you need interaction with other people, to become the best person you can.

boolah said...

I agree that there are advantages to both home schooling and public education. Social interaction is definitely important and a child that attends public school would have plenty opportunity for that interaction. I also believe that if a parent is dedicated enough, the social obstacle can definitely be overcome by a child that is homeschooled. I do not have children, but if and when I do, I do not believe I would home school them. I have never been great in school and lack patience. So unfortunately, my kids will be better of getting their education in a public school than be educated by myself.

tampa250 said...

I’m not sure if Home school is better than Public Education but if the child meets the requirement when its time to enroll them in high school or college then I’m all for it. There will be a lack of interaction with other children and fun activities that goes on in the public schools for someone that is home school. But I’m pretty sure all the fun things and interaction will be there in some kind of way, as of on weekends with family and friends but the learning growth with the children’s age group is what I’m not sure about. Home school children may be more or less educated when enrolled in high school or when its time to take s.a.t, fcat, and PSAT from being home school and if a parent is going to become a home schooler they need to get as much tutoring of for them before teaching others.

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Charles said...

I have looked in to this my self, because when I have children I was wondering what would be the best way to raise my children. I have looked at the pros and cons of home school vs. public school. When you look at the educational aspect of home schooling you see that a large majority of children that compleat k-12 are first of all a younger age than many of those who are in public school. They are also more educated. They get more of a one on one atmosphere, and have a better understanding of what a subject is about.

In public schools there is no real educational teaching any more. Its all about preparing for a test(FCAT) and passing it. The teachers most of the time do not care about what they are teaching or who they are teaching it to.

There is the down side to not having the social aspect in home schooling, and you are not exposed to the real life environment, which can cause, I guess a type of culture shock. I know growing up those situations that i got in to and the friends that I had made me know I am.
So, I am still undecided about which is better.

jliebler said...

Being a student in a public school system does provide a social atmosphere that a student that at is home schooled cannot get. Although this atmosphere does have its negative side effects, i believe that it does more good for teenagers. If a person is home schooled during those years they may lack many social skills that are required later in life (i.e. getting a job, going/surviving college, making friends, and meeting new people.) I also agree that being home schooled does some good for a student, in the sense that he/her is not being pressured to do drugs or anything like that (during school hours. In most cases these students are allowed to work at their own pace, which makes learning more enjoyable and easier. Although both of these ways of schooling have its pros and cons, i do belive that by parents enrolling their child as a student in a regular high school system setting, the student will 'get more' out of their high school experience rather tan being homeschooled.

Jeremy Marshall said...

I think public education is better for children, but home schooling does have its upsides. The idea that parents being able to teach and influence their children their way is awesome. One thing though, with home schooling the children aren't as social and may not have as many friends and such. If parents want to homeschool their children then let them, but at a certain point in time i think it should be up to the child to choose what they want. As far as which is more educational i definitely think public schooling is better for a child then homeschool.

the fear said...

I see both pros and cons in home schooling; however I feel the cons outweigh the pros. School is almost a necessary environment for a child to learn important social skills. For instance they learn how to interact and make friends with other kids, or they learn what type of situations to avoid if they want to stay out of trouble by watching other students. When a kid is kept to his home by his parents to learn all his subjects he may be getting a decent education but he is defiantly missing out on friendship and people skills. I also feel when someone is home schooled their P.E. is a joke. I myself work at a roller skating rink and see some home schooled kids come in and skate for an hour and call it quits. This one hour a week is what their parents require them to do… that’s a freaking joke of a P.E. class. The only pro I see in almost completely isolating your child from other children is to keep them safer. A kid won’t be a victim of a school shooting if he never goes, but I don’t think they should be deprived of some very important life skills for that reason alone. Personally I would never even dream of home schooling my kids, because I want them to know how to make friends and deal with people besides their parents every day.

RikRajos said...

I believe that ultimately it is the parents decision whether their child will go to a public school or whether the parent will home school the child. Nevertheless we as parents should always consider whether we are compitant enough to teach our children certain social interactiveness that can otherwise only be taught in a public school setting. This to me is the most crucial arguement pertaining to this arguement. Will kids be ready for the real world and the people in it when they graduate? What about friends? People to grow older with and share experiences, and memories. Seems to me that children being home taught would lack certain abilities to manage and deal with some relationship issues, therefor always depending on the parent and not growing for themselves as an individual.

cali2119 said...

I believe that public school benefits the child alot more because of the social impact that it would have. Therfore, the child will be more socially inclined than a home schooled student. In, addition both home schooling and public schooling have its pros and cons, I believe in what the article states that its the parents responsiblity to make this decision and really put some thought into this.Overall I believe the childs personality and thier ability to learn has to do alot with the two forms of learning.

roxanita said...

The article argues very good points on both the home schooling and public education. I do not know the experience of a home schooling, but I think mothers that teach home school should expand their vision of a healthy interactive mind for their child because once they graduate, they need to be aware of the real world and have communications so they would not have to worry about their son/daughter. If the home-schooled kids are doing better than the ones in public school that should show the state their down falls and fix it. I do not fully agree with the whole home schooling thing, but every mother has their concerns and their own situations for their decision.

Chris said...

I prefer kids to be in school, not home school. I say this because kids need to be taught by professionals. Parents don’t know it all. Also if the parents hire someone to teach your child, they don’t have the teaching methods a teacher would have in a real classroom. What I mean by that is that they need to interact with students, and also students tend to pay more attention in a school environment then being at home and falling asleep. Kids need school activities; they need to be involved in something. To be in any activity in school, you need to have a certain GPA, and this keeps the students getting good grades because they will do the best to stay in the school activity that their in. This increases most students GPA and most important, their self esteem.

fporzio said...

I believe that public education is much better for a child than being homeschooled. I feel that exposing children to public education prepares them for the real world in which they are going to have to know how to interact with all different kinds of people in a social atmosphere. School helps children learn how to interact with people, communicate, speak in public, learn about different types of cultures and beliefs, and provides a place for children to make friends and learn how to form relationships. School also plays a big role in building up a child’s immune system, which is crucial to one’s health. In the end, I believe that although homeschooling may provide a more in depth education, the public school system provides a more well rounded and necessary experience.

TMyers1087 said...

I understand both sides to this article, but I would have to say that I agree with public education as being a greater advantage to students. Almost my entire life, I attended private school which Is almost like homeschool. The school I attended had about twenty-five students in the entire high school. In my senior year, I moved to public school and now see it to be a greater advantage than the private school. For the most part, I think it helps establish important social relationships that are necessary later in life. It can benefit by exposing the student to many scholarship opportunities and resources to help plan for college. In my experience I have also observed that the social interactions with different cultures and types of people in a public school can help children get ready for when they go out into the real world. The child is them educated to what kind of things can occur.

jessica figueroa said...

There are many choices to make in life. In this case i would not know what would be better. I have only experience public schooling, not home schooling.I understand the benefits of both, but it would depend on how much time and knowledge one can offer to a child.I would think in my situation i would choose public school even though it does not seem as the safest way to go with the way the world is going. I think this is a difficult decision, but in most situations you do not have a choice.That is how life works.

gjones17 said...

I also think it is difficult to decide on which I think would be better for children. Both home schooling and public schooling have their ups and downs; however, I think I am more towards public schooling than home schooling. This is only because I think people should have to interact and socialize with other people their own age so they are not left out and secluded. Home schooling is probably better for someone who is easily distracted in their studies. Parents can keep a better eye on them and encourage them to focus more. On the other hand, I think it is necessary to take all the classes other people are taking to stay on top of things. If someone is being home schooled they may not study the same things as everyone else their age; therefore, maybe being behind everyone else.

SocialButterfly said...

I honestly think that both are good methods of teaching. Both share pros and cons. No matter which public school you go to each is different and serves the students for their education purposes. But whether it is a public school or home school, it all depends on the student. From birth to the age 12, all children learn whatever you tell them. After that it is up to them what to learn and how to learn it. Schools and home schooling are both good methods and it really all depends on what the parent wants to do. As long as there is good education in both methods and the students are learning what is expected and required of them, then both methods should be given the option to the parents.

Shirley said...

As per this discussion I can not express an opinion on whether or not I am for or against home schooling. As a young individual I was only exposed to the public school educational system. I know live amongst a community that is vastly involved in home schooling.
The children amongst the homes are my childrens friends and peers. I must say by perseption these children come from strong religious backgrounds. The children are subjected to intervention by testing (for which I understand to be from the state).
The parents involved are subjected to participate in classes for instruction to teach their children, and all involved have a great involvment with a church. When I speak to the peers actively involved in home schooling, their greatest reasons said is their parents made this choice, because they were being picked on to much. Other children proclaimed, "it is their christian believe." There are pros and cons to everything. I feel that public education (pro bono) speaks for itself. It allows us as individuals, of all ages,race, color, and creed, to experience an open awareness of facts, studies, association with others, and an open-mind to society. The home-schooled children seem to understand many religious accounts, academically they are proportioned and physically (expressively) involved with their church. Again, these children do not have the exposure to many things such as association with one thousand others, yet they have a more sheltered and secured life style. They do not have the means of expression in the educational system or a chance for recognition by our mentors. Yet than again, in the church along with family these children are well supported in many cases.
In most cases that I have discussed wit children of home schooled environments, again, (my childrens peers and neighborhood friends) these children were removed from the school system in which the parents believed their was to much "bullying" in the system. It led to the action of the parents to not only remove a single child, but other siblings as well. Many of these children come from mid-upper class families and potentially gain the recognition well deserved from the school system.
I give the biggest applaud to the educators in my life today and in the past, because, they have helped to develop my two children and many other young academic achievers that I have had the privilege to experience. Afterall, education is what one makes of it.
Parents need to be educators and supporters of children, along with the educators.

Athena Smith said...

Shirley
I have also observed the same things.

Athena Smith said...

From their site I copy the following information:

"There are between 2.5 and 4 million homeschoolers nationwide.

It is not hard to see why. Every day there are reports about how our traditional education systems are failing to keep pace with business and industry, and indeed, worldwide education systems, in preparing our nation’s youth to enter the workforce. Students in Japan, India and China spend more time in school, and far surpass our nation’s youth in Math and Science."

However in another site the religious factor is mentioned
"What are the most popular reasons for homeschooling?
As part of the 2003 National Household Education Survey, respondents who homeschooled their children were asked why they chose to do so. Their three most popular responses were: 1) concern about the environment of other schools, 2) a desire for religious or moral instruction, and 3) dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools."



I have a strong objection for all the blame that the public high school ystem is subjected to. If one wants to learn, he can learn math and science very well in our public system. The infrastructure is there. If one does not want to learn then he won't learn.
I have visited low end schools in low end neighborhoods where the volunteer math teacher was presenting a new chapter. Three students had moved to the front desk and were keeping notes. the rest stayed in the back making noise and playing games.
To me it became obvious it was not the school's fault.

Pamber said...

I feel both home schooling and public schools have there pros and cons. In order to say which is a better method of education depends heavily on the parent as a teacher and the personality of the child learning. The smartest individual I know was home schooled. She gained the ability to teach her self through home schooling, which is helping her tremendously in college. To succeed in college one must have good study skills and the ability of comprehending text books and teaching ones self. My friend whom home schooled is sowing in these areas while my sister who was public schooled is struggling. I feel there is a lot of wasted time spent in public schools(being that my siblings have movie days at least once a week) and that to much time is spent on standardized testing instead of basic education. The most important pro to public school is social interaction. The individual I know whom was home schooled is socially very different. In the since that she is very mature for her age and has trouble associating with those in her age group.

Collegeboi said...

Well being a person who when to public schools, i believe that kids should be in them. Home schooling is without a doubt a better method of teaching and it enhances the childrens' learning ability, but like the artice stated, home schooling deprives the children of social interaction. A kid can become really smart from being home schooled, but once all that is done and he/she is let into society, he may not know how to respond to other people. I'm not staying that he will be mentally crippled I'm just saying that it can be harder to join in to whatever society he might want to get into.

diana25 said...

I believe homeschooling is the best option. I am planning on homeschooling my children. I want them to get a one on one education. I do not want them to be able to slide through any cracks. I can make sure that they are getting their work done more effectively if I am teaching them myself. I want them to be well educated. I will stay home from work. They can eat well rounded meals at home. I do not think their social life is going to be compromised because I am planning on enrolling them into social activities. For each child I will allow them to pick at least 3 sports and as many as they can handle past that and still be able to get their work done. Any other social activities they are interested in I will be happy to sign them up for that activity. One of the main reasons behind why I am going to chose to home school my children is so that they are not influenced by their peers. I don’t want them around negative peer pressure.

FDLE:OnlyPlace4Me said...

There are many advantages and disadvantages to both homeschooling and public schools. In my oppinion if i had the money and time as a parent I would definetly consider homeschooling my children. By homeschooling you also have to factor in if you even know the subjects; for example I could easily teach my children math, english and PE. But I could never teach them Chemistry or other higher education sciences. Another big problem with homeschooling is the lack of socialization; which is extremely important in raising a child. Due to the fact that class has started; i would rather homeschool my child if i had the above three requirements listed above.

Silly puddy said...

I personally believe that public education is better choice of education because of the social development that falls on a child. If that social develop did not exist like in home schooled children then they may not find themselves interacting much in college or when they have to take a public speech class. The reason interaction with others is an important factor is for the high school prom. The most important event most children look forward to when they are in high school. Being home school misses you the opportunity to attend these high profile events and also miss out on graduation, where parties start to become a major influence in there lives. I might off subject a little from education but considering just those two events is enough to open the parents eyes and consider what they want for their children. Social interaction , have a normal to excellent life or home schooled where you are spending money on a psychologist with medication given to your child all because they lack social interaction.

lidget33 said...

I think it depends on the parents and the kid. Home school education is one on one so I can’t see how that is a bad thing. For social interaction home school kids can join sports, dance, girl scouts and other social groups. We spent a lot of time in school studying for the FCAT, so I wonder if home school kids do worse or about the same. I work with someone who was home schooled but failed the FCAT, maybe his mom didn’t prepare him enough. Home school kids can take music classes at their local high school so they can get some social interaction. I am sure you make a ton more friends in public school and learn how to deal with people picking on you. I can not say one is better then the other though. It is a lot more work for the parent , not only teaching their child but also scheduling social groups.

googleit@yahoo said...

I think that public education is the best method of education for children as of now. I was taught only in public schools but I don't have anything against parents who decide to home school. My experiences in public schools have been very good educational wise but I do admit there were a lot of "distractions" that I also experienced. I hear from parents and kids in school now that the schools are getting worse. I have heard about the teachers focusing on standardized tests to get high grades and more money and acknowledgment for their schools which justt "trains" our children to take a test and not focus on whats important. Times seem to be changing and maybe home schooling is not a bad option.

awal said...

I think that any choice is better than homeschooling. I think that private schools are the best choice (for younger children- like elementary) because of the small classes, and enthuasim. But, I think that public schooling is what all kids should go to (except for elementary). Public schools give the kids the social ability, which is a big factor in EVERYBODY'S life. If you do not know how to socialize in a way, you will more than likely fail at life. Havent you ever heard that expression 'life is like high school but with money'? High school (along w. middle and elementary schools) is a once in a lifetime experience, and teaches kids how to deal with people that are different than them. If a child is homeschooled, they are not exposed to different cultures or people, they become homogenous. Also, I do not know why, or if this is just a coeincidece(sp?) but I have met a few homeschooled students, and they were very different, in that they were not very comfortable in social situations, they seemed to cling to their parents, and were not very current with everyday things.... but overall, I think that public schooling is what every child should be given the opportunity to do. The public school also prepares students for the hours they are likely to work and live by when they get older and get jobs. Also, parents do need time away from their children (vice versa) and parents need to make money too be support the family more comfortably too.

frankthetank said...

I think there are good arguments to both sides of this. First I think public schools are good for a young kids social skills and to be more well rounded, but I think there are more disadvantages for public schools because of the bullying and the disruption of class by kids playing around. Also I think in public schools it is a lot easier to be caught up in the wrong crowd and do things they shouldn’t be doing like drinking, drugs, skipping class. As for home schooling I think there are a lot more advantages like one on one learning with fewer distractions. It is also helpful to be in a controlled environment were they are less likely to get into trouble. The only disadvantage that I could think of is they would miss out on certain special activities like sports, proms, and other social events that you could not get from home schooling. For the most part I thing that home schooling has more advantages for learning but they would be missing out social activities and a lot of good memories.

Rashera88 said...

To me I wasn't even a very social person and I went to public school. I have a medical disorder so it affected my social atmosphere. I have learned overtime how to be social and I'm still learning. I have gained a lot more friends then I had before. If I had kids of my own I would send them to a public school because I want to see my children have a better social life than I did. Even though I wasn't social in school my grades were at the top of the game. So if my kids have any problems I would be gladly to help. I want what's best for my children like any parent so I plan to put them in many extra currliculum actitvities as I can. I believe that home schooling isn't bad either but I want my kids to have a good social life because I know how it is to have a lonely life and I don't want that for my kids.

sunflower said...

As the article stated, both home schooling and public education have their advantages and disadvantages. I think the best way is to combine them together. I would like to send my kids to public school when they are very young. In public school, they can learn more social disciplines than at home. Sometimes, the ability of getting along with other people is more important than other knowledge. However, I hope our public education system can be more flexible and if it is possible, I would like reduce my kids’ school time, then, I can spent more time playing with them and give them the chance to learn the things they are really interested in.

mledoux said...

To me, public school vs. homeshool is a very simple answer. I always think it is best to immerse a child into the public so that they know how society operates. I don't believe children can properly develop without being subjected to the world around them. By not putting a child in a public school is basically depriving them of their social experiences that help that be able to live in society once they leave their parents aid. To be a doctor one would have to have to a doctor's education, to be a teacher one would have to have a teacher's educaiton, and to function in society one would have to experience society. I think that the only way that a homeschooled child in today's world could be sociable is to participate in events out of the homeschooled environment like sports or hobbies with other children. Interaction for anyone is key to growth or else you might as well live on an island alone.

sk8rgrl said...

I feel that both have its pros and cons but ultimately its the parents decision. I think that if your going to send your child to public school the parent should research that school and see what kind of curriculum they have to offer. I went to public school and yes the environment is different but you get to build on your social skills and have that interaction one needs. Sometimes home schooling is not an option especially in todays world where most households have two working parents. I know that when the time comes for my son to be in school; I will do my homework on that particular school to see if its the best one suited for his needs.

RoxyChic0529 said...

I don't see anything wrong with homeschooling if thats what the parents choose to do, but my personal opinion would be to place my kids (when i have my own kids someday) into public/or possibly private school. I think getting that interaction with other children is very important. I was in private school up until high school, and personally i hated it. I swore i would not put my children in private school because i hated it so much but these days i seem to think otherwise. Safety in public schools has become quite an issue in our society lately. With all the school shootings in the last 10 or so years, it makes me nervous. I'm not saying school shooting don't happen in private schools, but they are less likely. Since i dont have children at this point in my life, this issue doesnt really apply to me but when i have children i suppose i would have more input on the issue. I would also consider putting my children in private school up until they start high school like my parents did with me. Another point one should consider when deciding on homeschool or public school is whether or not the parents have time to homeschool the child or not. More parents today work and it would be harder to have a career and homeschool you children as well.

Petit Monde said...

On this issue, I am for public education. I was raised in a sheltered environment and I honestly would not want to imagine what kind of person I would have become if I had to stay home at a young age to get my education. I always loved being in school and looked forward to hanging out with friends, classmates and teachers because it gave me freedom. It also allowed me to grow. I must admit that it disappoints me to hear news about a teacher having an affair with a student, kids being picked on by bullies, and some worst cases - school shootings. The incidents mentioned should not be the reason to keep your child away from participating in public education. I think that by doing so, there would be certain degrees of socialization that they will miss. Although family should be the most important and influential amongst all social groups, kids still need outside input in order to completely shape their own identity in balance. In the article, it was mentioned that current homeschooling includes usage of modern equipments as well as computers to bring that classroom feel into one’s home. I would agree that it may be practical and cost-effective, but being in front of the monitor is not the same as sitting in a classroom. The child will not have the same type of interaction with others. Sometimes, it is good to have others around you to challenge you and at the same time, serve as motivation.

DLandon said...

I do not know much about homeschooling; however I do have two friends that are homeschooling their children. The only disadvantage that I can see is that their children seem to be a bit deprived from social interaction with other children. I strongly believe that children learn many things from their peers including how to get along with others. If Socialization is essential in their development and they have had little to no exposure to things like diversity or peer pressure, how equipped are they going to be when they finally step foot into the real world? I believe that this exposure is healthy and should be experienced by everyone.

Liz419 said...

I definitely go with home schooling. If I ever have children and have time and money to be able to home school them I definitely would. You know your child is safe; you can before of whether or not they truly understand the subjects and can stop their weaknesses before the report card comes. You are able to make learning more interesting than having your child in just any routine in a class room full of distractions. But of course children need to socialize they need to be able to communicate and meet people and for this I would enroll them extra activities (you don’t have to be in school to find activities like overall sports or arts there are plenty of programs available... sure they are at a cost but if you are already able to home school then most likely you are able to do this as well. The only negative would be perhaps the conflict of roles, sure you are already disciplinary but now you are also giving your kid other work than shores which of course they wont like and will cause tension. But I would still choose home schooling.

BucFan1984 said...

I think that a public school education is much more beneficial than home schooling. Being a product of the public school system I would be more inclined to support the public school system. From the article I can see the benefits that home schooling has but there is more interaction with your peers in the public school system. Being home school give you a diverse curriculum to choose from as the child goes grade levels. Eventually there has to be a connection with the rest of the world so I think if you get that earlier interaction it would be beneficial.

Qt said...

I have been homeschooled all of my life except for seventh grade. My mom taught me everything up until about ninth grade, because at that point I pretty much did it on my own and she just overlooked everything. I think that homeschool is the better choice over public school but it is not for every child and/or parent. There is a lot of self-motivation involved and you really have to stay on top of your work. It is very easy to let yourself get behind. I would say that I’m doing pretty good considering I just turned seventeen and I’m in my second semester of college. A lot of people worry about their children not getting the social activities they need, but I was into everything going through school and I had many friends that went to public school. I went to public school in the seventh grade because I wanted to see what it was like and after that year I decided that I wasn’t missing anything. There is so much drama and violence in the public school system now days and it’s only getting worse. When I have kids, I would love to homeschool them but still give them the choice to go to public school if they wanted to.

hrad said...

I feel that it is better to get a public education rather than a home schooled education. As a child, one needs to be in many environments and settings to grow skills and to develop. Being in a public education system does just so because a child is communicating with other children and adults. Social skills are developed throughout a persons life, and going to a school outside ones home starts to build those important skills at a young age. Home schooling doesn’t seem to me a good choice. I personally would not like to be home schooled because I would have not been able to interact with other children and more importantly make friends that I’d be able to see daily.

Celina said...

I am leaning towards a home schooling education personally as a choice for my child’s education. They both have their pros and cons as everything else does however I feel that home schooling is going to allow your child to get the education you want them to have. I attended public school from start to finish and I feel like I got shorted out of a lot of knowledge. I know many of my friends were home schooled and learned many of the same things I did but in a fashion that was easier for them to learn and a lot quicker than I learned. I understand that public schools are free and all that jazz but I feel that the education a student gets in public is nothing like what students who are home schooled receive. As the original article stated, there's a lot of wasted time in public school with other students who are "problem children" or role call and that is valuable time a child could be learning, after all without an education, a career in a reputable field will be almost unattainable.

Aries said...

I truly believe public or private schooling is better then home schooling. How can I teach my children the ways of the world if I keep them isolated. Children attending school are getting more then just an education. They are being exposed to different races, cultures, and learn how to adapt to different personalities and ways of doing things. I understand by sending my children to school, they are exposed to different peer pressures such as sex, drugs, criminal activities, and even cutting school. My job as a parents is to install morals, teach them about making decision and the different consequences of these decisions, and to make sure they are being educationally challenged. As parents, we need to be involved in their education by monitoring the work that is being given to them, attend conferences to find out their progress, and reinforce at home the material that is being taught to them. Although, my children attend public school, it is still my responsibility to make sure they are constantly being challenged to their full potential. I placed my daughter in a different school other then her zone school, to ensure she was being exposed to inner city and suburban children. I want her grounded and exposed, so when she goes out into the world on her own one day- its won’t intimidate nor consume her.

"Hey Man" said...

I have gone to public schools my entire life; I even tried a private school too. I know that you don’t get the best education in a public school but you do learn how to get a long with every type of person. And as far as education goes companies don’t just look at grades, they look at everything you do. School isn’t just about books its about learning how to communicate with people, in order to be successful in just about any field you have to be a good people person, you have to be able to communicate to be successful. I am against home schooling because you don’t learn how to get a long with all kinds of people. The people that take their kids out of public schools because the get picked on is only hurting them, because you will always come across bullies and unless the kids learn how to deal with them they will think running away is the only way out.

twin2 said...

I can't say that one tye of education is better over another. I beleive there are good and bad points in both. Though my children currently attend public schools, there was a time when I had given seriouse thought to home schooling them. However, when doing research on it, I found that the majority of the people homeschooling their children was religion based, and religion was not a factor for me. I wanted to provide them a more one on one environment for better learning. Something they would not get in a public school.

In the end, I chose not to homeschool my children as I myself did not have the educational background to be confident in their success.(Though there is a huge network for help with homeschooling) Therefore, they where enrolled in public school. And with my encouragement and discepline, they have done very well.

Once again, I will say that one type of education is necessarly better than another. It's about personal choice.

msjessi said...

In general, I honestly don't think it matters because I feel as long as the child is receiving good education then it's fine either way. If it came down to me choosing for myself I'd rather go to public school. From experience public school is exciting. Who wants to stay cooped up in the house all day? If you live in the same area all throughout the school years, you start to create bonds with people and could possibly keep them all the way from kindergarten to 12th grade and possibly afterwards as well. The only thing I don't like about homeschooling is that I feel the child will not experience being around others their own age. I feel they will be deprived of all the fun events (i.e. field trips, prom, grad night, homecoming, pep rallies, attending football school football games, etc). For me, being in a public school helped me learn that there are many types of different people out there. Public school can prepare someone for the real world that's filled with real people and not people that have been sheltered by their parents all throughout school. Sometimes it's best that a child learns on their own just how to deal with others rather than their parents telling them how to deal with different people when approached. Homeschooled children don't really know what's out there. For instance they could be struggling with algebra. The difference with homeschooling and public school is that being homeschooled that child will be all alone and struggle by themselves where in public school, nine times out of ten they will have another student that's struggling as well and they can work to together to make it better. I met my best friend through public school. I can go on and on about why I think public school is better due to social issues. All I know is that when I have children they are going to public school because I want them to experience being a kid and being around others of their age. I think it builds one's charisma.

catlvr42 said...

I think it's good that people have the option to home school their children. I personally only have experience being in the public school system. I liked the fact I was surrounded by other kids struggling with some of the same issues I had in class. I am glad there were people around me that I could relate. On the other hand, it was difficult at times having to deal with the peer pressures and teasing by other students. My experience with the teachers overall was good, most really tried to get the students interested and motivated. Very few did I have that were like my 11th grade math teacher who came to class, posted the assignment, then proceeded to nap the rest of the period. The idea of having individualized instruction as with home schooling sounds nice. I applaud those parents who have the time to do this for their children. With all the advantages and disadvantages of both ultimately it's up to the individual family. Ideally I would be sending my kids to private school.

EUrban said...

This topic is hard for me to make a decision on, because I do see the advantages from both homeschooling and public schools. If I were to make this decision I would want my child to attend the public school system because I believe that the interaction a child receives by attending public schools is extremely important. A child who is educated at home without this interaction does not have the same knowledge of how people in our society truly are and does not get the same experiences that a child in the public school system does. I would not want my child missing out on what I was privileged to experience.

M.Gonzalez said...

Well wouldn’t it be great if you could do a combination of both! This of course is probably not possible. I do, however believe that homeschooling is by far the best choice for my children to get educated, because I believe that they would definitely learn more than they would at a public school. In my opinion public education in the U.S has seriously deteriorated in the last decades. The issue of course is the time. You would need to have a parent who obviously does not work, and can devote the time into providing the home schooling and is in fact capable of teaching the curriculum. Regarding the drawback of the children’s social interaction, I believe that can be easily taken care of by exposing them to social environments like museums, parks, etc. Not to mention, you can enroll them in sports, dance YMCA activities that can provide the same type of social exposure. Therefore, if we as a family were able to do home schooling, I believe I would definitely look into it.

Mafaye said...

I agree with the advantages and disadvantages of home schooling. However if I were to choose one over the other for my child i would use Public education. Since preschool i've attended public schools and they turned out great for me. I was lucky enough to recieve a great education while making many friends at the same time. As convenient as home schooling is, I would find it to be way to time consuming and in a way a disadvantage to the child. Part of growing up is going through the different phases and meeting new people, a child wont recieve that if they're being home schooled. And going to a Public school with also help them later on in their life when they're out getting jobs and have the experience of socializing with people.

kel1ove said...

I have experienced both sides of this perspective for a good amount of time to have a valid opinion on this topic. From elementary to middle school I skipped around when I was homeschooled and when I went to public school. There was even a point for one year where I dual enrolled and did both to see what I thought. I was happy either way.
Someone mentioned earlier about being an athlete and how they could not live without it. Well I am a big athlete and homeschooling just made playing sports an everyday activity. Flexible schedules are a huge factor on even being able to play a sport and home schooling made it that much easier then public schools. And it was still competitive playing, not lame.
I had a big social life even though I was homeschooled. Do not put this huge stereotypical label on homeschoolers just because some are kind of…weird and antisocial…they have their issues, but seriously not everyone is like that. Besides, there are plenty of unique and unusual people in public schools as well. And they are not secluded from having a social life..Come on... I had best friends who went to public schools that I am still very close with to this day just like any NORMAL child. I was exposed to the same things in any normal school: peer pressure, crushes, who to hang out with and who not to, right and wrong…you know the deal.
Home schooling is not an easy way out either. The test and quizzes are just as hard, especially because they were the ones from the books; meaning you had to know alllll the material unlike in public schools where a lot of teachers make their own tests to throw out material. Homework was given EVERY day..Yeah that was annoying I remember. It is nice because I did not feel forced to learn, which gave me a different motivation to do my school work. Whenever I had trouble in a certain subject, my mom would spend time helping me, almost like a private tutor… but it is not easy..Ha-ha..I remember crying some times because I thought it was so hard and I just could not understand. And before I could go chill out with my friends, I had to have all my school work done and do a list of chores. Hardcore stuff.
In turn, my home schooling experience made me a disciplined person and respectful and when I went to public school, it was easy and I was on the same page as everyone else. I also loved public school. I enjoyed learning in a different atmosphere, learning how to play a third instrument, being in clubs, continuing playing sports, etc. Like any school, I would have my aggravated moments on how I thought what some teachers made us do was a waste of time, but it is all part of the experience.
I do not look down on either one. I never regretted doing both and my memories have their ups and downs. Do not think just because people are home schooled they are any less human and do not know how to interact with people…just like homeschooler’s do not assume public school kids are all bad people. This is all I am saying and I would recommend both. Try both if you are curious.

kirsten austin said...

I don't think you can really say that one is better than the other. Home schooling has its advantages and disadvantages just as much as public schooling. It all depends on the circumstances of the individual family. Location plays an important role just as time, money, and personal competence on the parents part, as well as the child's personality and conditions. However, if a child is home schooled, i think they should attend various extra-curricular, creative, and competetive activities with other children their age, for all the home schooled children I met were all pretty... different... and just had problems behaving well, and properly, in social situations of all kinds.

bb521 said...

There are advantages in homeschooling and public education. I think from an educational standpoint homescholing is more benficial because you get the one on one time that will help fully comprehend concepts. I think being in a public school makes you better prepared for the real world because you learn how to interact with a diverse people. If i had to pick which schooling approach is better i would say public schooling because if you are motivated you are going to succeed. There are alot of distractions in high school but I believe the people that are serious about there studies are the people that are going to succeed in the real world and the other kids probly wouldn't make whether they were homeschooled or went to a public school.

JohnnyD813 said...

I personally think that homeschool should be banned from a students life unless the have a handicap that prevents them from atteneding public school. I dont think that kids get the same education at home then they would in a public enviroment. Plus public schools allow you to meet other people and interact with more people your age. It gives you connections that you would not be able to receive at home. It deffiantly plays a huge role on a young kids childhood, because in a sense he is "sheltered" from the outside world. One thing we learned in this class is social development and i think this totally prevents it in certain aspects.

tinabeana said...

Like some people I too am undecided in the issue. Public schooling could be the better choice because like many have stated it is a way of developing your social skills. Learning how to meet and act around people. You get to experience different things and meet all sorts of people. Home schooling could also be a good choice because the public schooling system are becoming a mess. All the things you hear now-a-days. Teen prenancy, and drugs. If your child is home schooled then maybe they would be protected from this. But then it may be a way for your child to learn many lesson of life that you as a parent might not be able to teach.

As you can tell I can see the good and the bad on both sides.

hurricanes520 said...

I think that both ways of schooling are a good idea. The reason that I say this is because you are still getting an education either way. I know that some people say home schooling is better than public education but there are also cons. In home schooling you don’t have to worry about all the shootings and being introduced to drugs since the pupils are in a controlled environment. On the other hand, in public school you get to interact with other individuals and acquire the skills to create interpersonal relationships, which you will use throughout life. I have heard people say that home schooled students are sheltered from the real world but they are not, they are learning a different way of life. But I think that both ways of education are a good way of learning and I think that both are a good idea.

COWABUNGAAAA!!! said...

I don't think that either way of education as being better than the other. If the child doesn't want to go to public school, then by all means why should they? When I moved to Florida and saw how horrible the public school education system is, that's pretty much the only thing I wanted to do. Then, if the parents see how horrible the schools are then it's also their choice whether or not they're comfortable with their child going to public school. In the end all that matters is that a child gets their education.

Dawid said...

I actually would believe with my opinion because for me I would say home school education because I study and do better more often on a one on one basis type of teaching and it works with or at my pace. But at the same time its like most people are more willing to more expand their social life by communicating with others through public education and to add to that education at certain places where public education is being taught is not the greatest education but good education the basics to prepare for later tasks ahead I agree with statement made by kmabe "As long as a child is given the opportunity to socialize in an atmosphere with their peers in extra curricular activities I believe home schooling can be highly beneficial if done correctly". And with the idea of giving a child son daughter a choice in whether they decide to go to high school or continue homeschool by in which if they are at the level to enter high school.

mmariem25 said...

I believe that with regard to the issue of home schooling versus public schooling, that if one considers today’s societal parameters, home schooling achieves better results for the
student. I have had ample opportunity to examine the difference in curriculum for the
same course in core subjects such as English, history, science and mathematics and find the curriculum available in home schooling is more thorough, extensive and appealing from the student perspective. I also believe that from the viewpoint of the parent, it allows the parent more access to information about the student’s progress in courses, but permits the parent to better guide the social interaction of the student. Some parents do
not appreciate the wide range of societal issues to which their child is from necessity exposed in the public education forum and prefer a more autonomous approach to issues involving social mores and social influences. Finally, the conscientious parent who home
schools their children is able to provide opportunities for peer social interaction for their
student in a more structured environment than that provided within the public school system in major areas like music and sports.

WhiteChoc said...

In my opinion Home Schooling is not an option for every family, nor would it work for some families. As with any situation there are some success stories and some stories of failure. I feel that the public school environment is good for the child socially to interact with others. In addition to be comfortable in groups of people, learning with others and from others. If the child is taught at home from K-12 it seems as though there would be a big adjustment to college. This may hinder the child until they can adapt to the change of learning in a classroom environment. For those families who can budget for one parent to be home to teach their children and involve them in other activities for social interaction I am happy for them. As the fears we have sending or children to public schools these days hoping they come home safely.

Steve Overton said...

Although a child may become more knowledgeable through home schooling due to the technology advantage, comfortable environment, and their own parent teaching them they lack one key factor. This key factor is called social interaction among own peers. If a child comes out of home schooling all the way through high school and steps on a college campus for the first time than their ability to make friends and or make the right choices such as not to experiment with drugs could be hindered drastically. Also good social skills are needed to be able to compete for a good job due to the fact that this person would have to go through a interview before he was considered on being hired.

Mony88 said...

I strongly believe that public education is better due to the fact that it is much more social. Social skills are important in todays age and without them you will be left in the dust. These social skills that are acheived at public schools can not be acheived at homeschool because of the limited interaction with people. Also, public schools build character and also a chance to build life time friends that you may need for support one day. Homeschool children only have interaction with one person everyday and can be isolated from the rest of the world. If you want a child to be socially inactive than homeschool is the best choice. If you want your child to be social and meet new people than public schools is the best choice for you.

Live Your Life said...

I feel that it is very important for children to attend public schools. During the time that children spend in the public education system they learn nearly all of their important social skills. Children learn at a very young age democracy and how to interact with others. Although, children can receive some social skills from extracurricular activities, its much more advanced in public education. Also children in th public school system are exposed to more diversity then home schooled children, making then more tolerant of others. Also, being forced to interact with people everyday (especially people they may not like) prepares then for when they get into the work force; helping them to deal with strict bosses and mean co-workers. So all in all, children receive more education then just the typical ABCs and 123s in the public education system, they learn important social skills that they need to be fully functional adults.

pcgirl said...

I believe that public education is vital for all students. It allows you to socialize with people your own age and help teach life lessons. For instance, in home school parents can be lenient and bend rules more than in public schools. Students in public schools learn that work can not be turned in late and how to organize yourself for the future. I also believe it better prepares you for the "real world" or the "adult world" do to the simple fact that you have to learn to deal with a variety of people in a variety of situations. When you are home schooled you are taught in the same environment as you live and therefore no new surroundings to learn and grow from.

tennispro said...

I defantley think having school in a class room enviorment is the way to go. There are many young kids that I know that were raised going to homschool. They were very smart kids but they had no social skills what so ever. You can be a very bright person, and know everything you need to know to get a job, but if you go into an interview and you cant express what you know, it will be very unlikely that you would get the job. I think home school, like online classes would be ok for college students because they have already developed the social skills they need to have from a class room enviorment.

Mina Armanious said...

For the healthy social development of a child, there can be nothing in comparison to public schooling. You can definitely involve your child into many social activities in a home-based school, but it will not be as effective as it is with the public schools.

What you do not get in homeschooling is time for yourself. Public schooling conveniently enables you to have some time for your household chores, your job and most importantly yourself. On the contrary, homeschooling takes up a lot of your time, as you have to be with your child during the lessons and also correct the worksheets. You must opt for homeschooling only if you are ready to give the time it requires.

tquintero728 said...

In my opinion I prefer public schooling over home schooling. First because of the simple fact of I would like my kids to socialize with others. Also, when I have kids, I would like to have a full time job to help support my family. Public schools would help with that, I would have time to go to work, or opt out to clean the house. Although there are many advantages to home schooling, I would rather my child be taught by a professional teacher. Someone that has completed many years of school to obtain a degree in this specific field.

araya said...

As with many other topics we have commented on, this is also one that depends on the individual and parents. It is ultimately up to the parents to teach their children what they want them to know. The public school system teaches children the basic necessities that they will need to just get by in society. Parents need to teach morals, values and ethics. Public schools are important because children do learn the important social skills that will help them in life. With being home schooled children get the up close one on one approach to learning that a lot of children learn best from. It may be easier and more helpful for parents to teach because they can take their children on field trips and give them live action lessons. I think this is a toss up topic, it is up to the parents and where they stand in their beliefs.

phildo888 said...

Public education is much better for kids. Public school is where most people make friends and where most of your social life revolves around. I have known kids who were home schooled and they seemed very strange and different. They were smart and could pass the test that the state required but so could I and many others in public schools. Keeping your kid home schooled is depriving them of a fun childhood. they need to experience things before going to college. If they don't they will get into college and either freak out or let all the freedom get to their heads and cause them to be pretty wild and crazy which is what they parents were trying to avoid.

lil_princess86 said...

In general I believe that it is better to go to public schools because of the socialable aspect. When you are in public schools you can meet new and different ethnicty's. You can learn different lifestyles and become more open minded. Ive gone to public schools for most of my life. When I was 16 I tried homeschooling but through the internet and I did not like it that much except the fact that I did not have to wake up early and I can do things at my own pace becdause the deadlines for the assignments give you plenty of time and if youi want to move ahead you are able. I agree with the weakness and stengths of the article and like athena smith states I would like the combination of the two.

aw6349 said...

I like the public school idea better because your child can interact with the world around them. Plus when they go off to college they won't get as big of a shock as if they were home schooled. Public schooling gives them more life experience and I believe helps to build character in your child. Where as if they were home schooled they wouldn't get the life experience that they needed and college would be a big shock to them. If you get home schooled though you will get a better education and all the help that you would need. I believe that geting home schooling from pre-k to 5th grade would be great but from 6th grade until you graduate you child should go to public schooling.

jalane88 said...

Personally, I think that public education is the way to go. I have had many home schooled friends who just totally lacked the social skills that kids that attended public school developed. I do think that home schooling probably covers a wider range of topics and curriculum, but I think that if you want your child to get the most out of their education, you just have to be involved in their education. If you do not feel like they get enough out of public schools, enroll your children in art classes at a community center or art museum, let them take private music lessons, or get them interested in other subject areas at home. Come along side of your children in their school work and get them interested in reading and writing over the summer. When I was younger, my mom always encouraged my sister and I to do summer reading programs and get involved in craft groups. If you want your kids to be well rounded, be involved in their education.

kortneywithak2 said...

Although I see where home schooling could educate your child much more; I do not think it is the way to go. When you home school a child, you are cutting out the social interaction that a growing child needs in life. If a child is at home all the time, and only has one influential thing around the, they become quite sheltered. And then when they graduate, and go into the real world, otherwise known as college. They are completely overwhelemed, and either go crazy or have severe social issues. However, I do understand that parent do not want to send their children to public school because the quality of teaching is getting worse all the time. With that said, send your kids to private school. Although it is more expensive, I feel it is well worth it. Your child will be better educated, but will also have social interaction.

richwhitegirl said...

I believe that home schooling is primarily for parents who want to incorporate Christian values into there children's education that they couldn't get out of public education due to separation of church and state.I don't know, wouldn't you want your kids to get some kind of interaction between someone else besides their parents so they can at least get the chance to develop strong social skills? They should at least have the opportunity. It always seems so strange to me that parents would be so horrified to let there kids into the public school system. Yes,some schools are in poor condition and have features parents may find undesirable but not all.

gator_girl26 said...

I cannot say I have a very strong opinion either way. Public schooling and home schooling each have their good reasons and bad reasons. Public schools are better for the social aspect in a child’s life. During a child’s school age is when they pick up their social skills and how to interact with others. If a child is home schooled, they obviously are not given this opportunity. Then I think it also depends on the child, some people learn better one on one with more attention rather than being in a large environment with many people. One positive side to home schooling the being able to avoid the bad social effects such as peer pressure to be involved in drugs or alcohol.

Matt Leedy said...

Homeschool vs. Public Education has always been a large debate. I feel that both forms of education are good in there own ways. Homeschool you have a one on one student teacher relationship and can get more done in a faster time, and have a better understanding in the topic's. On the other hand Public schooling you have the opportunity to meet many people and make friendships and learn more than just school work. You learn how to be social, polite and more. My oppinion is that public schooling is better than home schooling.

1004 said...

Being homeschooled and attending a public school are two different types of education skills that students can gain. I have never been homeschooled before so I do not exactly know how it works. But I think there is a down side to being homeschooled and attending a public school and a positive view. Attending a public school can help one to not only gain education but to gain "skills" in socializing with others. But, the teachings in a school might not be as in-depth as being homeschooled. Being homeschooled can help one to understand a subject better in a certain amount of time. There are both bad and good in homeschool and public education.

Pookie said...

According to the article students who are home schooled out perform those in public schools. I think that the child itself determines weather they perform well in school or not. If a student is struggling with public schooling then maybe home schooling should be considered and vise versa. If parents have the time and capabilities to home school their child then it wouldn't hurt to try a new approach on learning. As far as the child not being able to interact with their peers, theres always the option of enrolling the child in activities outside the home that may catch the child's interest such as boy/girl clubs, music, sports, etc. this way the child will be more well rounded and have interaction with others their age. If i had been home schooled my only regret would be not knowing the friends i have interacted with over the years.

habitualdoodler said...

I believe that there should be a balance of both public education and home-schooling. Both forms of schooling have their weaknesses and advantages. Also, some students might really strive in one form over the other, while another student may not. Therefore it is important to try both to find which one suits your child (or yourself) best. Though, if I had to chose one option, I would side with public schooling. Yes, homeschooling provides a more personalized form of schooling and allows the student to go at any pace---but, homeschooling does not provide much socialization. And to me, socialization is a key factor in becoming a well-rounded and functioning adult.

sweetklo020 said...

I have discussed this topic in the past. If I were asked this question a few years ago I would have chosen public school over home school. I always thought it was such a great idea for the kids to get out and interact with different people. The reason for this is they would be able to make new friends and deal with different kinds of people. One day in the future they would have to be in the public working and they need to know how to solve problems with people. If they never interact with anyone else but the three kids in the neighborhood and their brother or sister that might not be enough. As a child, I would have much rather gone to public schools then being home schooled. I made tons of friends and met all types of different people. I wouldn’t have changed anything. I think the interaction in a classroom is wonderful and great for a child. Today public schools are not safe. Children know way too much! I am talking about five year olds know way to much for their age and it's scary. If I had the time I would much rather home school then send my child to a public school.

angryvito87 said...

I think both are valid in their arguments. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. I went to public school all my life. I can see why public schooling is better but I can also see why it isn't the the best. Just watch the news. It the same with home school. I can see the reasons why you would want to home school but like the article said, it does deprive the social interaction that public school provides. All I can say is since I went to public school, that is most likely what I will have my kids do.

chiquita5 said...

As a mother I would rather have my son doing home schooling because I do beleave the advantages are far more than the disadvantage. The only disadvantge of home schooling is not about he child but about the parent. Yes, I agree with home schooling children do have the opportunity to interact with other children; however, is up to us as parents to involve them in out side activities, such as, football, soccer, other any other activity the child can be involve in and developed social skills. I would have love for my child to be home school but like many other single mothers, we have to work to support our children so we are left trusting the public education to give our children the education they need to get into collage. Its also the parents responsibility the children do well at school, by supervising their homework and having study time at home.

mndz05 said...

I think public schooling is the best form of education. But I guess it’s really up to the parent’s and the child. If they have time in their schedule to teach their child then by all means that would be the way to go. I do agree with the home schooling advantages, but if it were up to me and my children I would put them in public schools because I just think it would be better for them so that they can be socially active. That way they can learn by interacting with other students. Not only that but it would also be good so they can be involved with their friends in extracurricular activities. I don’t think I would have the time to home school them anyhow so that’s another reason.

NiCa said...

I agree with the pros and cons of both public and home schooling. If I had the choice for my children, I will enroll them in a public school because from my personal experience, My girlfriend attended a private school. Her graduating senior class only had 8 graduates. For the majority of her school experience, she interacted with the same students each year. I can see she is very timid around new people and can struggle sometimes to make new friends. I think its all a product of the private/home schooling system. On the other hand, she's very intelligent and got her B.A. from USF shortly after high school. The downside to public schooling is the level of education is not as high and students also face a variety of peer pressures which include drugs, alcohol and sex. I think the best choice for students would be to attend a school with a high grade in education and strict policies against drugs. Unfortunately, all students don't have that option

Britt said...

I believe that public eduction is the best situation for a student. My cousin was homeschooled throughout middle school and in the beginning of high school. I believe that her social skills are on a different level than mine. She lacks in socilizing with not only groups of people but with individuals as well. I think that in life social skills are very important and depending on how social one is he/she may receive greater opportunities in life. Also, a home might be a safer environment than a public school but I think it is important for students to interact on their own and tackle education as an independent. Most homeschooled students tend to lean towards their parents who are also their teachers for help with everything. Attending a public school will build one's independence and will increase one's social skills thats why I believe it is the better way of education.

arlaince said...

I prefer public schooling because it provides a teaching system that homeschooling cannot provide. One it allow the student or students to form a personality. It also build up there self-esteem where at home they only interact with the teacher .Public school provides a skill that homeschooling can’t provide. It provides a set schedule where materials or a lesson is well planned out for the student to better understand in what is being thought. Also it a lot cheaper, and even though some teachers are not motivated to do their job, it is up to the parent some research in order for there child to receive the proper education .So I prefer public schooling.

JR8 said...

Personally I think public education is a lot better for the child then home school. Even though some might think home school would be better because the parents get to teach them there way and spend as much one on one time the child needs. But I think it will be better for the child to go to a public school because they interact with the other kids and become social, and actually learn form the other children just by hanging around them. Also the education is probably better because they learn more subjects and actually classified teachers. Not only that but public schools keep the children active whether it is with gym classes or personal fitness or just trying out for team sports. So I think going to a public school is a lot better for the child then home schooling your children.

Tink1213 said...

I can see the advantages of both home school and public school. When kids are home schooled it gives them a chance to interact with their parents and siblings. However, I think that public school is much better for kids. It teaches them to interact with other kids their age, and it allows them to deal with the conflicts of people that they don’t like. In the real world you are going to have to deal with people you don’t like and you need to know how to deal with those kinds of conflicts. So, while home schooling may be a good idea for a select few, I think that public school is a much better for kids.