The Great Debate: Homeschooling Vs. Public School, Which is best? Homeschooling has been around for decades, but there are still many people strongly opposed to this education model. It’s often compared to the typical public school experience, in which the two sides are seen as opposite or worse – one as the ‘‘good’’ and the other as the ‘’bad’’.
Every child is different, and no one education model fits all the kids on this planet. This is why we’ve decided to unravel the ultimate education debate and try to answer the question that’s constantly being raised: ”What education model is better, homeschooling or public school?’’.
Homeschooling vs. Public School
Quality of Education
One of the major concerns in the comparison of Homeschool vs. Public School is which one offers a better quality of education. The truth is, this differs from case to case and cannot be generalized in either case. Here’s what we mean.
Homeschooling education quality
The quality of education depends on the determination of the parents to provide their kids with the best learning experience. The parents are in control and can directly impact and improve what their child is learning and how. WritingUniverse can serve as one of the online resources parents can use to enrich their kids’ learning journey.
Public school education quality
This depends on the school that your child is enrolled in. The quality of education is not the same in every public school. Still, parents can do their research to find out which of the local public schools offers the best one.
This means that homeschooling does not offer a poorer quality of education. What speaks for this is the statistics showing that home-schooled children typically score 15-25% higher results on standardized tests than those attending public schools.
The next concern in the debate is whether parents can be seen as equal to qualified teachers in public schools. While teachers do have specific education and training, parents can match their work with the right amount of effort.
What makes parents’ job easier is that they only have a couple of students to deal with, while public school teachers have at least twenty of them at the same time. This gives the parents an advantage in terms of:
- personalizing the materials
- recognizing children’s learning styles
- spending more time resolving individual children’s weaknesses
These factors can make homeschooling education more successful than the one in a public school.
If you’ve ever had the chance to be a part of this ultimate debate or at least witness one, the question of children’s socialization is always present. How are homeschooled children supposed to socialize and make friends if they don’t attend school with other children? This myth has been debunked.
The answer is simple – school is not the only place where children hang out. Parents who are homeschooling can find a variety of alternatives to make sure their kids are socializing. That includes:
- joining local homeschooling groups
- enrolling them in sports teams
- having them join an art class
- visiting local children’s events
- joining religious groups
- visiting workshops
Socialization is essential for every child, but it can be coordinated perfectly for children who are homeschooled as well as for those who attend public school.
Finally, when we’re comparing the two education models, flexibility is one of the factors we need to consider.
For families with travel plans, unique working schedules, children in need of specific attention, and similar, homeschooling is the better option. It allows them to set the hours for learning and still manage to achieve the rest.
For those with typical working schedules and no need for flexibility, the public school system can work just fine. The only question is what types of needs your family has.
What’s the Verdict?
We cannot view the world as black and white, especially when we’re dealing with the delicate hearts of our children. Finding the best education model for them is a challenge, but parents need to dig deep to understand what the best choice for their children is.
Hopefully, we’ve encouraged you to see homeschooling as equal to public schooling and embrace it confidently if that’s what you want for your children.
Ewan Jennings is an education expert, father of two, and a blogger. He aims to motivate parents to listen to their children’s needs and shape their education journey accordingly. He shares stories about unconventional education models and tips on how to overcome challenges in your child’s education.
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