With the economy tanked and budgets cut, the public schools are deeply affected. And having two kids in public school myself, this worries me deeply. Private school is just too expensive. So that leaves me with the option of homeschooling my kids. Which scares the daylights out of me.
Recently I read a debate on Facebook about this topic between a mom who home schools her kids and a teacher at a public school. They both had valid points, which spurred me to do some research into both. Here is what I found out.
Pros of Public Schooling
*Group learning. Kids get to learn in a social environment which lends itself to developing healthy social skills.
*Free. You don’t have to pay the school to go there. And generally the books are free.
*Wide variety of after school activities.
*PTA sponsored activities.
*Ability to work while your child is at school. This is huge for most working parents. Not a lot of people can stay home with their kids.
*You can closely monitor your child’s progress
*Small teacher to student ratio. Basically 1:1.
*Encourages your child to be independent and teaches self discipline.
*Don’t have to deal with bully’s on the playground. Or in the cafeteria for the older kids.
*Flexible schedule. If you take a vacation, you can bring the schooling with you.
*High student to teacher ratio. Generally there’s 1 teacher to 25 kids. Not a lot of one on one time.
*Can’t control the curriculum.
*School is generally picked by where you live and not from your choice.
*Transportation can get difficult. If you live too close to the school, the bus won’t get your child.
*If your child is falling behind, may not be the needed extra help available without going to an expensive tutoring facility.
Cons of Homeschooling
*Can be more expensive than public school.
*One parent needs to be home with their child all week. Makes working hard.
*Not every parent is qualified to teach their child. As opposed to a teacher in public school who is required to have a degree.
*Kids can miss out on a lot of social opportunities.
*Colleges can be difficult with their requirements from home-schooled children.
That’s a lot of things to take into consideration. How do we as parents, know our children are getting a good education? And especially if we can’t afford to stay home and homeschool them? There must be a way to combine the pros of both into a solution that works. In the meantime, I’ve found that the public schools where I live are very open to parents coming into the classroom to volunteer and at taking suggestions to improve their child’s learning. At least it’s a start.
Lisa Coronado is a content writer for CoolBlueWeb Blog.
- Things to Consider Before You Decide to Homeschool Your Child (infobarrel.com)
- How to Help Your Children in School (21cwoman.com)
- More Black Families Turning To Home Schooling (fox2now.com)