Even though using home schooling as a method of educating your child is not nearly as popular as it once was, it is still as somewhat common option for your child’s education that is all too often left unexplored. However, you are probably going to be curious as to how it stacks up against your other choices for education; that being sending him or her to a public school for their education. If you are in this predicament, you are in the right place because we are going to be covering the pros and cons of each of these schooling methods for your kid.
First, we are going to kick off with the disadvantages that are associated with home schooling your child. To be honest, there are actually quite a lot of these cons, but there are some good points too (more on those later). The most important thing that your child is going to be missing is the social skills and sense of community that a child who gets their education from a public school gets to enjoy. By home schooling your child, you are essentially sheltering them from the world around them, which can have some far-reaching repercussions down the road. In addition, finding a reliable teacher for all of your home schooling needs can also be a real pain, and then the cost associated with home schooling is (surprisingly) more expensive than public school.
However, do not let all of these disadvantages of home schooling put you off to the idea of it. There are some pros for using home schooling to educate your child, as you can make sure that your child is getting all the attention he or she needs (classes are often a 1:1 student to teacher ratio). You can also monitor your kid to make sure that they are not slacking off in class, and you will have a better idea of what the curriculum consists of.
There are many advantages to take into consideration when sending your kid to a public school rather than home schooling. As we’ve stated earlier, your child will learn to effectively communicate with others in a public school; that is something that everybody learns to do over time, but most people do it in a public school. The cost of sending your kid to a public school is going to be a lot less than having them home schooled so if you are looking for the most economical option, look no further than public schooling. Finally, if your kid is homeschooled, there really is no chance of him or her getting onto a school sports team, so if he or she were a huge sports fan, using a public school as their method of education would definitely be preferable here.
Of course, using a public school system is not without its flaws too. Your child is going to undeniably get less face-to-face time with their teachers, and will typically have a 30:1 student to teacher ratio in their classes; very different from what we are seeing in homeschooling. In addition, you will be unable to monitor what your kid does in school since they will be at a public school, and your knowledge of their curriculum will be limited to what they tell you about it.
Make no mistake, using homeschooling, as the preferred method to educating your child certainly is not going to be for everyone. However, after reading this article, you hopefully have a slightly better idea of which choice is going to suit your kid the best given his or her situation.