Homeschool vs Public School
Do you send your kids to public schools or do you homeschool them? That is a hot topic for many, and can open a conversation that can last for hours on the topic of homeschool vs public school. I for one am pro public school. I am not 100% against homeschool and do think there are times that it may be needed if it is done right. But I do not think it is the best choice for most kids.
Some say the topic homeschool vs public school boils down to getting free babysitting. Or parents taking the lazy way out by sending them to public school. I do not think that is what happens when parents want to send their kids to public schools.
So here is my take on homeschool vs public school. I just ask that if you are thinking about going the homeschooling route, you read these thoughts over first.
Violence & Bullying:
One of the largest reasons that someone says they choose homeschool vs public school is to keep their children safe. However, we hear of so much bullying that takes place online and sometimes even while the child is at home. So how is keeping them home, keeping them from that? Plus, now days are you really safe anywhere? I mean you can turn on the TV on any given day and hear of a shooting, bombing or even stabbings at places such as theaters, big well-known department stores, banks and just about anywhere that you may take your child on any given day. So no, you and your child are never 100% safe.
They say that homeschool vs public school diploma is just as good as the other. However, I have found this is not true! I am someone who was taken out of school going into the 6th grade. I followed through and received my high school diploma from a send away school. Back then the school was ICS. When applying for jobs, I found that most of the time someone with a public school diploma would be favored over my homeschool diploma. No, I am not saying that I could never get a job as I have had many over the years. I have been house keeping at a resort, I have worked for NY & Co., worked for a janitorial company and was a manager at a newspaper up north for many years until leaving that job to become a full-time blogger. Having that homeschool diploma just made it harder getting those jobs.
If you are someone that has many friends and can have your kids around lots of others that is great! But what about having them around others that don’t have the same views or beliefs as you? It is great to have friends and family that have the same beliefs as you, however, there comes a time when that child/adult will be thrown into the job world. When that happens, they need to be able to stand up for themselves and for what they believe. If they have never been exposed to that as a child, it can be a very large shock. They need to develop those skills as they grow, just as much as they need their education.
Ok, I know this will be a hit to some that may be already homeschooling, sorry if it hits you the wrong way. But one of the things that bother me about homeschooling is that it gets put on the back burner very often. No, I know this is not the case for every single homeschooling parent out there, but it is a reality for MOST. Everyone always sets out with that will not be how I do things, I will be sure to put learning first, then life happens. It starts with, oh we will cover your spelling words when we get back from swimming. But then you get home and it is time to do dinner, so that gets done. Then it is getting late and everyone is tired, so let’s just go over them tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and you have double the school work to cover that day (if nothing comes up). More often than not, this is how it starts and you find yourself trying to study a week or two of work in a day.
But what about when you select public schools, life still happens. Yes, life does still happen! However, you are held more accountable to making sure your kids attend school. If they do need to miss a day or days, you normally have to give a reason or a Dr note. Simply missing three weeks of school, to do whatever, is not an easy thing to do. Plus when kids get that learning daily and not just hurry and cram for a test the day before, they are more likely to remember it and have it stick for years to come.
After reading my take on this, you may be saying that it sounds like you are do not agree with homeschool at all. No, that is not how I feel. There are times when a special needs child needs more one on one or a child that has a learning disability. Cases like those may do better being taught at home. I do however feel that even if you are in this position, you still need to make sure that learning comes FIRST before fun and play. You need to make sure, that they have playdates or play in the park around other kids that may not have their views on things so they can develop those social skills. Homeschooling can be done, it just needs to be done right!
After reading my take on homeschool vs public school, what are your thoughts?