Many parents across America have decided to follow a recent and growing trend of removing their kids from public school systems and homeschooling their children. While it is viewed by many teaching professionals as detrimental to a childs educational development the parents who have taught their children at home will tell you its the best thing for their kids.When the battle of homeschool vs public school rears its ugly head both sides will argue their points passionately. But it seems that two main points always come up in an attempt to discredit homeschooling. Knowing what these points are will help you make a more informed choice for your family.
Argument #1 The Kids Are Not Developing Adequate Social Skills
This seems to be the main complaint against home education. Many so called experts feel that kids who are instructed by the parents in the home do not engage with enough of their peers to develop good social skills. While this maybe true in some cases it is extremely rare, and many home schooled children have on average as many friends that public school children have. Many parents use church groups, neighbors,playgroups and many other social resources to keep their children properly socialized. In fact the type of children your kids associate with can be more closely monitored when home schooling, while the public school children have more exposure to the bad apples!
Argument #2 Parents Cannot Teach As Good
This argument appears to be based on emotional response most teachers have to kids who are given a home education. Many teaching professional feel that their college education makes them superior when it comes to instructing kids. But if you look at the education statistics in America you can see how badly the public system has been performing. The failing system is one of the main reason parents remove their kids from the public schools and take their education into their own hands. And with the many different resources available today for these parents it is hard to argue their kids are receiving a less then adequate education. After all it has been proven time and time again that home schooled children have academic abilities that are as good or in many cases better then their public schooled peers. This is because the parents can concentrate on teaching and developing their childs weak points. This is not possible in a public school setting where the teacher must keep the class moving and cannot slow down or change course for one student.
There are many more arguments in the homeschool vs public school debate that can all sway you one way or the other. So if you are considering teaching your kids at home do some research and make a well informed decision based on facts and not just emotion.