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What are the benefits of public school vs. the benefits of home school? And what are the downsides to public verses home?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:35 PM on May. 14, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • In public school your children are around their peers everyday, they are exposed to many ideas and situations, they learn to adapt. In homeschool you control every aspect of their life, education and socialization.

    Answer by mlregalado at 6:46 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • With homeschooling you can customize the education to fit the child. You can go as fast or as slow as each child needs, which guarantees your child really learns before moving on. Your can delve into subjects of interest to a much greater extent.  You have freedom and flexibility in when and how you school your child. Most homeschoolers in my group school year-round, taking off days or weeks according to their needs, not the school schedule.

    Your child will have more time to socialize; homeschooling doesn't take as many hours a public school. Instead of a 20 minute recess, you can join your homeschool group at the park for 2 hours, or join other activities such as hiking, skiing, music, bowling, etc.  Since homeschoolers tend to have a higher degree of supervision, it lowers the odds of bullying, abuse or other anti-social behavior. 


    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:53 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • Homeschooling takes time and dedication, but it's probably similar to the time and dedication that any responsible parent does, helping kids with homework and projects, offering an enriched environment, etc.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:53 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • "In homeschool you control every aspect of their life, education and socialization. "

    As my kids have many public schooled friends and have been in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, boy scouts, swim classes, music classes, art classes, archeology classes, and many, many other activites, I can honestly say I cannot and I don't even try to control every aspect of their life, education, and socialization.  LOL


    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:57 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • I have a degree in education and I agree with mancosmomma: when homeschooling is done right it takes a GREAT deal of effort and work on the parents part. And is can be a great thing for some kids, other kids not so much.

    Thats why its great that we have both choices.

    When choosing if this is an option for you, you need to do some SERIOUS research. Talk to another home school mom, a lot!!! Then maybe sit in with her for a day or two of studies, find out what type of home school group she is in, visit.

    Both types of education work: but BOTH types need to involve the parents. Kids learn better when they feel it is an important thing for their parent too!

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 7:06 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • We considered homeschooling, but felt that we weren't disciplined enough or financially secure enough.
    Fortunately, we were able to get our daughter on an excellent academic track; she is now in her second year of a six year high school program (the same high school Michelle Obama attended), and will graduate with at least one year of college credits.

    If you are considering a chicago public school, please contact me directly.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:40 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • keep in mind that you can do both. You can homeschool the child for certain subjects and send the child to public school for things like PE and band and other socializing activities.

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:34 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • Homeschooling can be great, but only if the parents are educated enough. If you don't know algebra, then homeschooling is not for you. I always get a kick out of the Wife Swap shows. A lot of parents on there homeschool, but half of them do not even know proper English. I think its great for the mothers that do it right though! The individualized attention is a great thing!

    Answer by trendy4you at 8:46 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • Homeschool: learning to fit the child. go as fast or slow as needed. less bullying. less time in a desk & more time in the real world. You control vacation time, school time, sick days are not held against child. Your kids grow up knowing learning is every where-not just sitting at a desk between 8am-3pm. (the list can go on). The BAD: You are responsible 100% & dont have anyone else to blame (not like u should anyway!). It takes dedication.

    PUBLIC: Your kid is part of the "norm" of society (is that a + / -?). And get to do what is "norm" like proms & bullying, cliques, no one will question your reasons for PS. BUT you live by the schools rules. your kids must go to school m-f from 8-3 (or whatever) you can only vacation when the school allows. Your child will probley not want to do anything that has "fun & education" in the same sentence! You have school + 3hrs of extra homework a night & possible reteaching.

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 9:44 PM on May. 14, 2009

  • Public: your child is exposed to many walks of life, has a social life. They get to be exposed to "normal" kid activities. They learn to respect others that are different than them, are exposed to different personalities, etc.

    Homeschool: You set the rules, schedule, activities. You "push" (for lack of a better term) your values, believes, etc.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:02 PM on May. 14, 2009

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