Home school vs Public School is a debate parents have been waging for years. Every parent wants the best education possible for their children. When it comes to selecting an education option, there are three primary options. They include private school, public school, and home school.
New Beginnings Christian Academy believes that every child has the right to a quality education. Even more so, we recognize that different schooling options work better for different children. It’s important to understand all your child’s options so you can make the right choice for your child.
While we all want what’s best for our children, we are also restricted by our circumstances. Many families aren’t able to afford private school as the tuition can be quite costly. Unfortunately, most American families don’t have the means to pay thousands of dollars in tuition each school year. Private schools also tend to be limited in numbers, and only allow a select number of children to attend. This can mean that, even if you do have the financial means to pay the tuition, they may not have a spot for your child.
On the opposite side of the expense spectrum is public school. Public school is free and plentiful. Many public schools also offer transportation to get your child to and from school using busses. These public schools are held to certain federal and state standards to ensure each child receives the appropriate education.
Both public and private schools offer a variety of extra-curricular activities. These can include but aren’t limited to sports, band, choir, drama, and other clubs. These children have many opportunities to interact with other children to help build socialization skills that will help throughout their lives. They must learn how to get along with a variety of different personalities and individuals with different backgrounds and family dynamics.
Home school is the third option and it offers a customizable education plan for each child. There is some expense to home schooling; but it is not nearly as costly as private school. The cost typically revolves around the curriculum you select for your child. Traditionally, children who were homeschooled in the past were members of specific religions or unable to attend public school for a number of reasons. However, times are changing and more parents are making the home school choice for their children.
Unfortunately, public schools also have a number of faults. The Huffington Post reports:
But, for all the things that are going for public schooling, it has a lot of faults. Public schools are geared to teach the average student. That means that students on either end of the scale get neglected. Gifted kids get bored and kids who are struggling keep getting left further and further behind.
Class sizes are often very large. In most schools the class sizes average one teacher to 20 students at the elementary level, and in middle and high school that can go up to 1:30, or more. That means that your kid doesn’t get the help that they need when they need it.
The last thing a parent wants is for their child to get lost in the large class sizes and the one size fits all education. Many are choosing to go the home school route for their children. This allows them the unique opportunity to participate with hands on learning environments. They can help educate their children while focusing on their strengths and weaknesses. Many parents also enjoy the added time they get to spend bonding with their children. They can customize lessons and allocate time based upon how their child does with different subject matter.
The gifted kids get to work as fast as they can, while the kids who are struggling get to spend all the time they need to stay caught up.
The challenge in choosing between home school and public school is the fact that home school requires much more effort on the parent’s part. Many parents work during the day so this can make it difficult for them to teach their children. However, home school is flexible which can be a great perk for families who travel frequently or have children who aren’t able to attend school regularly.
Many people worry that homeschooling lacks the socialization associated with public school. However, local home school groups are popping up across the nation to help students interact. This means they’re still having the opportunity to socialize often. There are also a number of sports that now accept home school students.
When viewed side by side, public school seems like the easier option for parents. The curriculum is provided by the teachers. Parents don’t have to worry about carving time out of the day to guide their children through their lessons. Public school often includes other benefits such as field trips and unique opportunities for guest speakers.
However, home school parents have the ability to customize the curriculum for the subjects they feel need more attention. They also can encourage their children to learn through real world experiences and field trips on their own.
Every educational option has its perks and drawbacks. What the decision really comes down to is what works best for your children and your family. Not all kids do well in public school or private school, and not all parents are able to home school their children. Weigh the pros and cons of each option and you’ll find the right option for your family when making the decision about private school vs home school vs public school.