Is homeschool better than public schools?

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2014-04-16 02:26:17

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Homeschooling vs. Public SchoolsHere are some opinions on this controversial question:
  • I think that homeschooling is better than public schools because at homeschooling the kids do not get picked out in class as the best kid of the class or get made fun of by other kids at school and they get more help at home than they do at school on work.
  • I think homeschooling is better than public schooling because you learn more when you are by yourself with your own teacher. You do not have to think about if you can wear something or not because some one might make fun of you. You can be you own person.
  • I think public school is better because teachers are more trained and you meet more friends and you won't be bored.
  • Homeschool is not the best way for children to get an education. I am a teacher for an elementry school and I think that its impotant for children to go to a public/private school. They learn more, meet more friends, and most of the time won't act up in class. Your children/child is more likely to pay attention at public/private schools because they don't see the teachers 24/7 and normally show respect for their teachers.
  • Teachers have a responsibility to be informed before their opinion is forced on children. Research the grades, test scores, comparisons and college stats before informing some unwitting soul that public school is better. My children have been allowed to learn at their own pace and pursue their own interests and now test well above their grade levels and the national averages across the board. Most homeschoolers do as well. They score an average of one grade level higher than P.S. students their age on national scholastic achievement tests, They watch 65% less TV than P.S. children, and are more involved in community and extra curricular activities. 98% of homeschoolers are involved in two or more organized outside activities (such as sports, music, dance etc.) They are allowed to gain moral values from their home and not the children they sit with in the crowed cafeteria so are 50 times less likely to get pregnant before marriage, 35 times less likely to have an alcohol-related incident before the age of 21 and 46 times less likely to try illegal drugs. The proof is in the pudding. s to this question should not be considered when coming from someone whose paychecks depend on the decision NOT to homeschool your children.
  • Homeschooling is obviously gonna have better statistics because the parents that are involved with their kids more influence their kids in a good direction. I am public schooled, and I would not do homeschooling if my life depended on it (well maybe then, nothing short of it). If your parents are strong enough and involved enough to consider homeschooling, then those statistics will remain true for you. Everyone is different but if you start in public schools then you will make frineds along the way, as compared to some who started in high school, it's harder than. It also depends on what school you are going to attend becasue obviously some are better than others. But one person on here said that their child scores above average, well so did I, and many other people I know. That is because people I know and myself score high, which would be your child if they went to public schools. And then people that are not smart who's parents are not as involved score low, and then that makes the average. Therefore, parents who are involved is the answer not homeschooling versus public schooling.
  • There is not a correct answer to this question. A question that could be answered is: "Is homeschooling better for my child?" The overwhelming confounding variable is parent interest and involvement. Parents choosing home-based instruction have an informed interest in the education of their child, more interaction, more influence. If you were to compare the home schooled students with only public school students with the same level of parental involvement, the statistics would be very different. In a comparison of means, public school will always lose, because they educate every child.
  • I'm 14 and homeschooled. Homeschooling is way better then public schools. Even popular children get picked on, you may think "Oh, my child doesn't get bullied", but they do, I had to get out of school, I was having suicidal thoughts and everything. I'm not saying it's right for everyone, but you're wrong to say that public schooling is better. It's proven to be worse for a child.
  • I am 15 and had been homeschooled up until 9th grade, where i decided to try public school. I went and at first it was ok, not anything wonderful that for sure. I felt like in order for anyone to like me I had to act and dress the way everyone else was, I thought i had to be super skinny, so i stopped eating. Well now I am a sophmore and here I am back at home. What really made me decide to come back home was my teachers. Out of all my 9 teachers, I had 1 that was fairly good. All my teachers let me slack off, always saying oh well its fine you can turn it in later, and then eventually not at all. My science teachers (science is my best subject), they had no idea what they were doing. Its kinda sad when the student knows a lot more than the teacher. Therefore homeschooling gives a much better education, and anyone who says otherwise really doesnt know what they are talking about. In school you don't get the one-on-one with the teacher. At home you don't need to worry about looking right, and being popular. So take my word for it i would choose homeschooling over public and private school anyday.
  • What and how teaching is delivered is much more important than the choice of home or school.
  • Wow! So many answers and opinions. I think it mostly depends on your child and how they learn. I'm 13 and I've been home-schooled, public-schooled, and private schooled. Plus a little unschooling. My favorites have been private school and homeschooling; I have learned better this way and have had more fun and friends. I know I'd much rather be home-schooled but obviously that's not an option for everyone. I think there are a lot of things that need to be worked on in public schools to make them better.
  • The problems that exist for children in public schools also exist for them in homeschool. I would highly discourage homeschooling unless you are willing to become a full time teacher. Once you homeschool your kids you place a strain on your relationship, this is especially important to consider for kids 10 or so and older, as they go through puberty. You are then completely responsible for their educational opportunities, or lack there of. If you are going to successfully homeschool your kids you need to be plugged into the educational system. You need to find a homeschool group or co-op, you need to find their curriculum, you need to initiate everything. If you homeschool and you aren't incredibly active, your kids will suffer. Yes, homeschooling can be done successfully, but it can also be as bad for kids as any public or private school experience. Many homeschool kids will never feel "normal" homeschooling, while a growing movement is still eccentric (although this is much less of an issue if there are many other kids like them also homeschooling, this was not the case in my experience) Is it better? NO. The optimum is for parents to pay attention their individual child's needs. In most cases it would be best for kids to go to school and have parental involvement, they get so many things from that common experience that they can't get from you. But you need to be involved in their lives, and their schools! Parental involvement is the best thing for kids education. Sending kids to school doesn't mean checking out of their educational lives, but rather it gives you more time to devote to enriching your kid's life!
  • I'm a 14 year old homeschooler of California. Homeschooling has done more for me then anything so far. I'm more mature then the average 14 year old. My relationship with my family is one I like. I spend hours with my brothers just talking about random stuff. I can talk to my parents about what bothers me about them and they'll take it into consideration instead of just throwing it away. When I was in school, I was bullied on, laughed at, confused beyond what I thought was possible, and I just did not fit in. And this is only elementary school, mind you. If I was feeling like that then, think of how badly it would've been for me when I got into Junior High or High School. Homeschooling is more beneficial than a public school. I have no doubt about that. Put one home schooler among a crowd of public schoolers their age and see the differences. Any public school teachers on this board, if you think home schooling is not good for the kids of the world, I think you need to back it up some. All you have have to go on is the fact that if we don't go to school, you don't get paid and niether does your school.
  • I just finished reading all of the answers and was pretty shocked by some of the opinions. I am currently a Junior in High School and was previously homeschooled up until know. The transition was completely smooth, and before I had ever set foot in a school I had interacted with college students. Homeschooling does NOT mean you can't make transitions from home to school to college or work. If you aren't a slacker you can do anything. I would never have wished to be public schooled through grade school. I would have missed a million opportunities that would never have been open to me otherwise. And for all those doubters out there that believe homeschooling doesn't work, I've been self-taught since 7th grade, and it was my idea to try public school(not overly thrilled with it) and I'm an A student on the Honor Roll!
  • I went to public schools all my life and have found that the competition helps to get better grades. You also learn fundamental lessons about life, and people need to be singled out and picked on a few times because that is the way the real world is. Yeah you will become closer to your family, but if you have no friends to start out then were will they come from. You have no outside interaction with other people so when you get around other people you have no clue how to act. You have no idea what is socially acceptable besides what you see on tv. I am all for public schools, because some of the best times of my life were in a public school, and you couldn't get any of them from the house. Yes your kids are protected, but what happens when they go to college, because you can't homeschool them anymore. What happens when mammy and daddy aren't there anymore. What will they do the first time someone calls them a name or makes fun of their hair. The only person top ever see their hair was their mom; so howe do they know what looks good, and yes you shouldn't go with the crowd, but if you don't you will be made fun of. Let your kids grow up and learn how to take it and don't shelter them all their life.
  • The advocates for home schooling are the ones that were picked on and bullied their time in school. They wanna be away from the people who ridiculed them and made them feel bad. Most of these advocates are in most cases cowards and cannot fight. I am not saying that fighting is a good thing but it does teach a kid to be confident in himself and teach to fight for what you believe in. The majority of the kids as you have read were in most cases nerds and cannot cope with their peers because they are too sensitive and cannot relate to their bashings. This I cannot say is a good thing either but ... what I have learned in school is that if the child is more worried about what another peer is saying about them then they need to stay at home and be a mommas boy.
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This cannot be answered definitavely because it depends greatly on the area where you live, the abilities of the person teaching the children in the homeschool setting, what you feel is important for an education, the learning styles and needs of the children, if the parents/guardians stay involved in their children's education at public school, if the homeschooled students are given opportunity for interaction with their peers, etc. Either way, if you want to ensure good education for your children, stay involved and stay informed, and lead by example.

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2012-06-06 19:12:12

in my opion i belive attending a public school is better.

I beg to differ, homeschooling seems to be much more educational depending on your tutor. In school, i was very shy and could not speak to teachers without being scolded or sent to detention. This is where i became shy. Then, my parents suggested homeschooling. After a couple of months, i immediately felt confident and spoke to my tutors. And now every time i go to the park or any other public place, i can communicate and react with other people. Also, my education was WAY behind in school. My grades were low, and i was failing. In homeschool, i felt comfortable, i felt like i had the freedom to ask for help. In public school, the teacher would say, "Go ask a classmate." and when i did, they didn't know.

It all depends on the teacher. Public school teachers are not always the best. Some teachers are still in college. In homeschool, your teacher is your parent, and children learn more about respect and social communication. In public school, you are surrounded by people that are your age, you don't get to meet other kids anyway, they bully you, they mistreat you. That's not fair. And when i told my teacher, she said, "No, our school builds character and kids!" and of course, it was not the best thing to tell my teacher.

So, in my opinion, i beleive that it depends on the teacher and teaching methods that build our education.

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2012-06-06 19:31:08

No. Some say that home schooled kids do not have any socialization, but that is not true. I am home schooled and I think it is more fun, and I spend more time with adults than other kids, so I know how to act mature and talk to adults.

Being more mature? Ha!

I'm a public school student, and I'm polite and very respectful.

In my case, I think public school is better, since you have more fun.

See what you just said there? That isn't very respectful. I don't see anything wrong, but you know... It depends on the child's behavior and whether or not they learn. In public school, you don't always get the social interaction you need. You are usually in an over-crowded classroom with fourty kids breathing down your neck. And you get peer pressure. Then you don't learn, next thing you know, the teacher is making you go to detention for not turning in a paper. Then, you become frusterated and you get used to it. You then become disrespectful and rebelious towards adults. In your case, you seem to know your street-smarts and you are ready for the torture we call school.

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2011-05-26 18:00:25

Some advantages of homeschooling are:

  • Parents can devote full attention to the student.
  • The parent has more flexibility on choosing the program and can explore more advanced subjects.
  • The parent has no problems with bullies and bad behaved kids from outside.

On the other hand, there are also dissavantages:

  • Many colleges won't accept a graduated from homeschooling.
  • The parent may not be qualified to teach and prepare a good study plan like a professional teacher.
  • The kid may grow up isolated to some point.

Weather you choose homeschooling or public school, it's necessary an active parent participation to get the best for your kid. You could be successful either way or fail either way.

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2014-04-16 02:26:17

There are many reasons that people choose to home school. There are also advantages to public school for some students. Try using the list of reasons to come to the conclusion of what works best for your family.

  • Are the public schools in your area considered safe? Do they have a problem with drugs or weapons at school?
  • Does your child have the discipline to do their "school" work at home?
  • Do you have the time and patience to help your child with their work?
  • Is homeschooling legal in your state? Do you need a church cover school? Have you read up on the laws governing homeschooling for your area?
  • What is your reason for wanting to homeschool? Who would benefit from it?
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