For most of the 20th century, home schooling was a thing of previous centuries besides being illegal for a child under 18 not to attend public school. Today, parents have taken education into their own hands. At first glance this looks to be a sound decision since it is their young and they have the obligation to do their best in providing a proper rearing for them.
Others would argue that only public education has the credentials to do so. Therefore, it seems appropriate to scrutinize the two options in order to provide a clear picture for those contemplating either choice: home or public school?
When deciding, one ought to consider first the environment the child will be exposed to for a great part of his/her day. Is the environment education oriented? Is it inviting? Is it safe? Will the child have all the necessary resources and stimuli for the learning process?
* The home school
It is a very attractive option since it encompasses:
– A flexible schedule
– The teacher has fewer students to deal with which means she can spend more time with each student individually.
– It puts forward the opportunity for students to become more independent as to the choices they make about the curriculum.
* Disadvantages to home schooling
The disadvantages that someone should seriously take into account are:
– Lack of social interaction
– Choice of teachers may not be suitable since they are not always qualified for all subjects
– Colleges and universities may not accept homeschooled students
– Higher cost to home school
* Public education
When dealing with public schools a parent may easily be informed about the quality of education provided there, whereas in home schools the criteria are not so objective or official.
*the public school
– In public schools children have a healthier and more suitable social interaction. For a healthy adult life, youngsters need to learn how to cope or deal with negative factors in the real world.
– There is opportunity for greater curriculum options and offers
– Not only is there extra-curricular activity available but in a wide range of subjects
– There is a school counselor available who can prove to be a noteworthy contribution to both the student and the parent
* Disadvantages to the public school
– The teacher cannot provide the attention considered ideal to each student
– Predefined curriculum
– Less independence due to set learning schedules
– The school society is larger and less connected with the student
The afore mentioned points may help parents reach a better informed decision. However, as tax-paying citizens they also have the responsibility to reflect on the society in which his/her children are being raised. In doing so, one may easily conclude that it is consequently, the moral obligation of a country’s governing body to provide appropriate fundamental education for all; where all its children learn in safe and sound surroundings.
When parents are coerced to seek other ways of providing for their children what they are already paying for through their taxes, it makes for academic and moral inequality in the system. Finally, the parent is obliged not only to consider the choice of education for the child but the future of the society he/she will live in as well.
“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” (Theodore Roosevelt)