Home schooling a child is one option that allows parents the opportunity to tailor their child’s learning experience with the hope that such an alternative education will be superior to the formal schooling available in their area. Although it is true that not all educations are created equal and home schooled children can obtain a superior education than those attainting a public school, it is unlikely home schooling is inherently superior. Aside from the quality of a parent’s teaching abilities, home schooling a child offers several advantageous and disadvantageous over other forms of education. As such, home schooling a child is simply a means of providing an education with different benefits than formal education while there are certain students who may excel a great deal more under the guidance of their parents instead of professional teachers in a formal setting.
With the lack of availability and the expense of private schools, it is when a public school cannot adequately provide for the particular needs of a student that parents may turn to home schooling for their children. There are plenty of failing public schools that do not provide their students with the education they need while the classroom environment and social atmosphere in many more schools can be very negative and distracting. Moreover, there are students who perform better as self-learner while the home environment allows them to be more independent. Furthermore, the one on one interaction, which a parent or private tutor provides a student, can be extremely beneficial, especially for those children with disabilities or severe behavioral issues.
On the other hand, a positive school environment can benefit those who are not able to socialize or behave properly by mitigating their behavior. Furthermore, the diverse experiences and expertise of the professional teachers at a formal school can provide students with an education beyond the academic curriculum. Meanwhile, the early years of a child’s education largely involve learning basics skills and knowledge that the parents can easily provide their children, thereby, leaving elementary home schooling as an issue of generating a positive social atmosphere. Additionally, it is high school that often represents a time when criminal and violent influences are strongest, but it is also when advanced classes in science and mathematics are available while parents seldom lack the experience and resources needed to educate their children in these subjects.
Above all, home school is advantageous for those students who are faced with a formal education that cannot outweigh the negative aspects of the local public or private schools. On the other hand, parents and students must make the decision to enter the world of home schooling based on the child’s educational needs while they also need to reevaluate that decision periodically to ensure it continues to be the best decision for the parents and the student. Beyond the decision to home school, home schooling a child does not necessarily mean the student and parents do not belong to the educational community as the local public school can still support home schooled children by building a strong relationship with those parents and providing access to school resources.