Homeschool: Is it a better option?
Many of my friends are parents and many of their children are at the age in which a parent begins to contemplate sending them to school.
When a parent makes the decision of education for their kids, it is a tough decision. There are many different choices. Two main possibilities are public school, and home school. Which is better?
What are the positives and negatives of home-school?
Homeschooling is good because the student will get more one-on-one attention from their parent/teacher. When asked about the opportunities a child gets from home-school Noel Sudano, counselor at Arvada High School responded, “The work can be fully individualized. In a classroom of 25-30 kids, it can be difficult to customize the work to each student’s needs.” Another positive of homeschooling, is that the pace can be set to the students need. Anastasia Abbot*, a student at Arvada High School who has also experienced an online type of home schooling, said that a positive aspect of homeschooling is, “You go at your own pace and don’t have to wait for everyone else”
Homeschooling can also be negative because it doesn’t prepare your kids for the social world. However, when Nancy Amberlin*, a student at Arvada High School who has always been in public school, was asked if he felt that he was socially prepared for life he replied, “Socially? I’m a social butterfly anyway. No matter how much school I attend, I will always be a social butterfly.” So that definitely shows that Nancy Amberlin* is well prepared for the social world. Another downside to homeschooling is that the child is not always exposed to the realities of the world. This can make it difficult for students when they are on their own. Counselor Noel Sudano, from Arvada High School said, “ Homeschooled students tend to struggle with the realities of the world. I do think it is important for parents to help their kids understand things they might see or experience in a public school setting.”
What is positive and negative about public school?
Public schools provide a lot of different people to help the child succeed. “Public schools provide professionals in various roles (teachers, coaches, counselors, etc.) that can support kids in ways that a parent might not be educated about.” Said, counselor Noel Sudano. Public schools also provide students with social interactions. Public school also helps to prepare kids for the social world. “I think public schooling has prepared me for life socially because I meet different people in school,” said Amber Watson*, a student at Arvada High School.
However, public school doesn’t always focus on a child’s specific needs. When a child homeschools they will get more one-on-one time with their teacher/parent to target the specific needs of the student. The child can also work at a pace that works for them.
*Names have been changed for student privacy.