Public school vs home studies.
Keeping children at home to provide home studies is tempting in today’s world. Parents, who have the ability to teach their own children and have the means to forego the income of the parent who stays home to teach, are opting to do so in increasing numbers. There are pros and cons to each.
A comparison of public school vs home studies:
1. Socialization is often the leading reason stated for enrolling children in public school. Children learn to interact with other children. It has often been thought that public schools offer a better environment for learning socialization skills, such as sharing, collaboration, and interaction. When home schooling first started this may have been a valid point. In many areas, however, parents who provide home schooling band together to provide socialization activities for their children. Only time will tell if putting children together a couple times per week will be of equal value as the daily interaction encountered in the public school.
2. Curriculum. In the public school, children are promised the same education as peers who they will be competing with for college entrance, scholarships and eventually jobs. This should level the playing field. Is that enough? Many studies show that enterprising parents are going above and beyond the curriculum offerings in the public schools to ensure that their home-schooled children can not only compete but surpass the public school students.
3. Extra-curricular activities. Getting into a desired college is not a result of good test results and good grades alone. Often the number of extra activities, clubs, associations and civic volunteer work are added into the mix for the top spots in colleges, especially the competitive ones. Children in home-school situations may not have the advantage here unless the parents go above and beyond to create these activities. Volunteer work is not hard to find, but the associations and clubs will be harder to come by. This, too, is on the increase and soon will be equal, however. Communities are working to meet these demands for extra-curricular activities.
4. Athletics: Some sports, such as soccer and tennis may give home schoolers an equal chance as those in the public school. All children can excel in a sport. They may not get noticed by college scouts however unless they are connected to the public schools. Those high school games gain more attention than a civic game.
All-in-all the benefits are pretty much equal. It depends more on how much the parent wants to put into the home schooling that will make the difference in the analysis of public school vs home studies.