Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Public school vs Homeschool

What is your take on this debate? I would love to have a good discussion on this. What do you think the pros and cons of each are? Also, what do you think each will look like in five years?

9 comments:

Carol said...

Wow. That's a big question :)
We did public school and now we're homeschooling so I've seen both sides of the fence.

I really haven't found many cons to homeschooling at all. I'm actually keeping a running list of the homeschooling pros on my blog. I'm on #10 but shooting for 365. Yes, I think there are that many.

Pros to public school boil down to one: You can kid yourself into thinking you're not responsible for your own kids' education. Cons, well I could probably do a list of 365 of those too!

Debbie said...

Given the state of education in this country today as well as the agendas of various groups that want to teach our kids all kinds of depraved behavior at an early age, I would say that we will see homeschooling more and more in the next five years.

Debbie said...

And I think that's a good thing!

Sarah :0) said...

I should probably add this as a Sarahism but here's my take on it...
It depends on your child, your school system, and you. There are certain children who need homeschooling and then those who don't. There are certain school systems that are great, some that are okay, and then those that are a little scary. There are some parents who have been trained and can handle homeschooling and then there are those that aren't. For me personally I don't like the idea of homeschooling. I think that our school systems, for the most part, are doing a great job. Are there those that I would prefer my kids not to go to yeah but it won't be the end of the world if they do. I am not equipped to teach to the extent of what they will need not to mention I enjoy thinking of doing the fun class things with my girls but also getting some me time. The major downsides that I see with homeschool is the lack of social development (dealing with how to be friends, different nationalities, not getting picked, etc.) and also missing the HUGE mission field that is in our public schools. You know the cliche (sp?) "You may be the only Bible some people read" is so true and where more than ever do we need to be the salt and light to the world than in our schools. That's my take..sorry it's so long.

Kim T said...

Wow now that's a big question. I don't know. I don't have a problem with either. I can't necessarily see myself ever homeschooling my kids however the thought of my child being away from me for 7 hours a day while someone else pours into her frightens and saddens me. How much? We'll see. I don't think the typical homeschool stereotypes are necessarily true anymore though. And I think those moms (usually) have their kids very socialized in other settings. My question is how prepared for college is a child whose primary experience has been at home with a parent-teacher?

Karen said...

What great feedback! Thank you all that have commented so far. As you know Munchkin starts Kindergarten this year. It is kind of freaking me out to have her be away from me so long in the day. She hasn't gone to preschool or anything but I really think she is ready. She wants to go to Kindergarten partially because there are music classes and gym classes.
There are those times when I think I wouldn't be able to keep up with teaching her and time that I think I could. I suppose we will keep the converstation open.

I guess the great thing is about homeshooling for me is the freedom you would have.
The cons to me seem to be that yes your kids get to do their work in their own time but that is not how the real world works. So when they get to college, high school, or get a job it will be a big shock to the system.

Anyway, keep the comments coming! I would love to hear more!

Rachel said...

I've had this debate with myself a million times.

Mini will be going to public pre-k next year. I wanted to homeschool him at least the first few years, but he needs a level of socialization and organization that I personally can't do - not that it can't be done, just that it's not my strength.

I have a few cons from this decision, but they're balanced out with things that I feel are important for him. What it comes down to (in my opinion) is an individual decision about what's right for each child. Unfortunately, it's not an easy decision!

Suzanne said...

it is a hard question. i know you know that i homeschool. this is my first year. we had always thought we would and then made lots of friends and enrolled him in public school. then we moved a week before school started. but we stuck with our decision. we didn't pray through sticking with our decision. we just did it. there were no friends for him, i was pregnant, noah was lonely, he didn't have the most compassionate teacher, he struggles with sitting still, and on and on. after about 2 months of misery we began to really pray about it felt more like we should homeschool right now. will we always? i don't know. this works for jonah and our family right now. i wanted him to be home for the first few months of his baby brother's life, and the others are all so close.

as for the practical side - the curriculum now days is so amazing that it carries you through how to teach them. awesome stuff is out there. socializing is up to you. how involved you want to be in the church, in homeschool groups, in classes in the community - art classes, book clubs, soccer, t-ball, dance, and on and on. your flexibility - want to take a vacation in october? go for it! want to play in the snow all day because it never snows - go for it! he's breezing through math, but struggling with reading? no problem - just focus on that subject. want to teach them responsibility like homework does? then give them homework - do on your own work.

and when they're young it takes such little actual "table time" the time spent on worksheets and such. at school when you take out discipline time, lunch time, nap time, recess (which is slowly disappearing from school), line up time actual learning time is less than 2 hours a day. same for you at home. and learning is real life learning - math is skip counting by watching the coffee pot fill up by 2's, science experiments are abundant - when they ask about the worm on the sidewalk - run with it - get online and get as much as info as you can and watch the worm, play with it, talk about it. hands on is so good. and now days the homeschool groups offer yearbooks, dances, proms, field trips, graduations and more.

it's a hard decision. just pray, research, and keep polling people. when we pulled him from school and finally jumped in we had a peace that was amazing. we knew we had listened to Him and obeyed for this time in our life.

good luck! ask me anything! and be sure to let me know what you decide - there's no right or wrong - just what's right for you and your family at this time.

Anonymous said...

Homeschooling is the optimal choice for your child. If not, then consider an affordable private school. What's important is the educational needs of your child.

The single greatest fallacy of public education is the idea that all students are intellectually equal and capable of learning the same way. You may have heard of the philosophy that undergirds this thinking: it's called communism.

History has shown us that communism does not work, not even in theory.

Therefore, public schools do not work, even in theory.

Let's get rid of them.

At any cost.