Homevs. Public School
Theeducation sector is one of the areas that have been taken seriouslyin the contemporary society. In most states, both in developing anddeveloped countries, parents have been advised to enroll theirchildren in schools at tender ages. In fact, it is tough to find anyaspect of life today that does not emphasize on the value ofeducation. However, parents choose individual approaches wheneducating their children. For instance, parents may opt to enrolltheir children in public schools or allow them to take online classesor even decide to homeschool them. The concept of the approachadopted in schooling the child has raised contentious debates on whywill parents prefer one alternative to the other.
PublicSchools vs. Home Schools
Mostpeople will wonder why a parent may choose to homeschool his child atthe expense of public schooling. Studies have shown that the numberof children who are schooled at home in the United States of Americahas tremendously increased within the past few years by 74 percent(Hercules et al., 2016). Many reasons have been raised to supportthis change. One major reason that has come out clearly is theprotection of the child. Protective parents and guardians always feelthat the children are not well protected while in the publicinstitutions. However, they run out of ideas when they are faced withthe question of how the move of constraining the child in thehomestead prepares them to face the outside world? Ideally, there aremany threats in the outside world and cunning individuals who findpeace in doing wrong to others. It is only through being aware of thethreats and the motives of such fellows that children learn how tohandle them. This awareness comes only through experience.
Thereis also a big difference when it comes to social interactions amonghomeschooled individuals and those in public learning facilities.Learners that are schooled at home in most cases are not exposed tothe social situations. Psychological studies have shown childrenlearn the art of developing friendship right from a tender age(Hercules et al., 2016). These friendships are systematically builtthroughout the school life. Evidently, when others surround people,they learn how to interact. They learn the art of communication whenyoung and can easily make friends. When teenagers are homeschooled,they are cut out of the social circle, and they may not make thefriendship bonds. In most cases, they will feel shy and uncomfortablewhile in public leading to a feeling of social inequality.
Nevertheless,the homeschooling has also proven to be effective in maintaining aflexible schedule and provides a platform for the family bonds toremain intact (Hercules et al., 2016). The extra time that is spentat home provides a platform for the family interaction throughconversations and sharing of subjects.
Bothapproaches, however, follow a similar curriculum and the learners aresubjected to almost the same tests at the end of the academic year. Performance in the two systems is not tied to the system but ratherthe attitudes and dedication of both the learners and the teachers.Involvement of the parents forms the basis of both the systems.
Althoughboth sides have logical arguments to support the choice taken, I havea strong belief that homeschooling bars children from being exposedto the social experiences. The best option to me, therefore, remainsto send them to school to assist them to be ready for the college,work, and social interactions.
Hercules,D. A., Parrish, C. A., & Whitehead, D. C. (2016). EvaluatingTeenaged Homeschool Students in a University Setting.Journalof Chemical Education,93(5),870-873