what is your opinion on home schools vs. public schools???

Question by puttin’in2pennyswurrth!!!: what is your opinion on home schools vs. public schools???
i mean, i know it all depends on family circumstances and how the child feels and such,but, i love them and, my parents think they are cracker jack!!! i’ve heard recently that the government is trying to shut them down–which i’m not surprised by in the least { being that more and more people are going with home schooling!!!} but, my kids have never been happier!!! the ridiculous thing is that we are a low-income family, and, even though my kids receive free lunches, and we are on food stamps, the schools still make us pay school fees every year for 3 children!! in home schooling, you get a free computer,{ for each child!!} and they pay you for the phone line!!!! i mean, what would you go with???

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Answer by Kat
I wish I were homeschooled. I dont like public school, I’m sorry. I’d go with the social idea. Public school. It’ll help your kids open up more. They’ll have more friends, and they’ll have a different teacher each year. I’m telling you. They’ll get BORED of home school.

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11 thoughts on “what is your opinion on home schools vs. public schools???”

  1. I really don’t have an educated opinion. But I can tell you that honestly, all the kids I knew that transferred from home school to public school were a bit “socially retarded”. I’m not trying to be mean, but they really didn’t seem to know how to interact with people, and usually didn’t have many friends b/c of it.

  2. I recently started thinking about homeschooling my kids. I went to public schooling and when I went into middle and high school I started to not pay attention. Yes, I learned, but it was hard. Not because Im slow or retarded or nothing, but because I learn from hands on situations. They have taken field trips and creative thinking from middle and high schoolers since 9-11 noone can really go anywhere. I liked elementary because I got to go outside the classroom and learn, whereas in middle and high school I was cooped up in the room and just had the teacher lecturing me, which is sooo boring. My daughter has shown signs of learning by doing also and I am afraid she will feel bored and wont learn anything. Education is everything to me, its all you have to represent yourself, and I don’t want my kids growing up restricted in their thinkings. I have 2 kids, Anaya, almost 2, and Ayden, 5mths. I try to teach my daughter and right now she can say her alphabets up to ‘H’ and her numbers up to 12 and she isn’t even 2 yet! Because I show her why its 12, I dont just tell her it is and let her figure it out herself.

  3. Shielding our children longer from the realities of life, in this case, public school, allows our society to fragment further and further from the community that has defined American life for more than a few centuries. Forcing children to compromise, work together and collaborate with other children in all aspects of development, from sports to art projects etc., are far better learning tools than any mother or father can provide a child past their initial years. The case for diverse development far outweighs any fiscal benefits that can be attained by homeschooling.

  4. I think that they are both good options. It all depends on the parents, children, teachers, and the district. I prefer homeschooling, but then there are many benefits to it. And, my children (15 and 8) are not socially retarded…

    The reason the government opposes homeschooling has very little to do with education… it’s about $ $ $ $ . The schools “lose” money per homeschooled child. Schools receive anywhere from $ 3000-4000 a year per student. To illustrate this fact, a local school district where I live recently sent out letters to parents requesting that if their child were to miss a day, that the parents donate a certain dollar amount to the school for the day missed (apparently the state does not pay them for the days a child does not attend).

    Now look at homeschooling. If there are a thousand homeschooled children living in a district, that can be upwards of $ 4,000,000 that the school district does not receive for those children. That is why they are so against it.

    Incidentally, if you have your children enrolled in a program through the state that pays you money to homeschool, the remainder of the normal allotted amount per student goes to the school district. It is their way of making sure your child nets the school some income. I refuse to play along :p But if you have no qualms about it, it’s a great way to get the state to assist monetarily in your child’s education. 🙂 It makes both parties happy.

    But don’t worry 🙂 Homeschooling is here to stay.

  5. Personally, I prefer homeschooling. And my son is not “socially retarded” by any means of the imagination…actually, he’s a leader in nearly everything he does, and other kids are fine with working with him – and adults recognize quickly that he’s mature enough to take on the leadership. (By the way, he’s 9.5.)

    He is in situations on a weekly basis where he has to learn to work with other kids, and he needs to learn to meet the expectations of adults other than mom and dad. He’s active in Scouts, baseball, and church, and he volunteers on a regular basis. He’s also 3 years ahead of grade level in most subjects and loves to learn. Sorry, but I don’t see most of those traits in many public school kids.

    Other than the few that I know that have parents who are very involved, many of the public and private school kids that I know are fairly disrespectful, have no desire to take on leadership, and couldn’t care less about what they’re learning – and the last two are straight out of their own mouths. Obviously, this does not in any way apply to all ps kids – but the trends are kind of overwhelming.

    And honestly, hs kids that transfer usually don’t have much more trouble adapting to a public or private school than kids who move from out of state or something like that – it’s a new environment, and it takes a bit to get used to.

    I guess something that I really value, that my son has gotten out of homeschooling, is that he doesn’t feel the need to be “just like everybody else” – and if other kids are going to put him down for it, that’s their own tough luck. He knows who his true friends are and he doesn’t feel the need to hang out with false friends just to have someone to hang out with. If somebody challenges his beliefs or values, he is able to intelligently back up what he feels is right and leave it at that. Sorry, but I don’t see an overwhelming amount of that kind of confidence and self-assurance outside of homeschooling. I know it exists, but ps certainly doesn’t do anything to foster it. And quite frankly, the ability to rise above the status quo is very important later in life.

    So for many reasons – including many I won’t go into here – homeschool (as long as it’s done right) all the way.

  6. I’m having problems understanding this question. What is the government trying to shut down? Home school or private school?
    The other question is concerning the free computer and phone line. Is this for home school or for distance learning? In distance learning, the public school is still dictating your child’s education and grading their performance. There’s nothing wrong with that, it just isn’t home school.
    I see no value in forcing kids to be all on one level. It is nice to be able to customize an education for a child. It is called an IEP for LD kids in public school but only the ones who qualify are eligible for the individual education plan. We took the responsibility to form our own IEP in home school. It works.

  7. I currently homeschool my son, but I did briefly (7 weeks) have him enrolled in a virtual public school. Please do not confuse virtual public schools which are “public school at home” with authentic homeschooling.

    Although you will teach your child at home, you are still accountable to follow the public school schedule, curriculum, teach for the designated number of hours per day, etc. With the one virtual school in my city, they use K12, Inc. curricula which just didn’t work for my son. There are usually many freebies available with public virtual schooling, along with many rules.

    I am now homeschooling my boy, and he is learning at a phenomenal rate. I am glad I made the decision to homeschool, although it has been a sacrifice. I am a single mother who does not receive food stamps, monthly public aid stipend, etc.

    Of course, everyone must decide what is best for his/her family, but for me, homeschooling (not public school at home) is the way to go.

  8. Homeschool ONLY works with good supervision and a self-starting student. Also unschooling works as an adjunct.

    Public Schooling is best when there is a finanacial hardship, a nice area with no crime, a good academic history and safe and sound buildings, plus GOOD equipment.

    If any of those elements are missing homeschooling is a good option.

  9. You’re right, it really is difficult to answer this question when you take all of the circumstances into consideration. Some states do not have strong educational systems in general, and some districts lack the facilities, manpower, or effective educational programs. While I sympathize with parents who face this decision, I am not an avid supporter of home-schooling.

    I am currently a reading and language arts teacher in Wisconsin public schools. When I taught 8th grade, every year we averaged about 2 (out of 80) students who were either coming back to school or enrolling for the first time. Over a five-year period, I only saw one family whose home-schooling worked out well for the children. Both parents in the family are teachers, and they worked diligently to get their kids involved with their peers in community activities.

    The rest of the students? They really, really struggled! Most of them did not have the social skills that they needed to successfully interact with their peers. Many were missing huge gaps in their academics. Most complained because they found it difficult to learn in a classroom setting, rather than a one-on-one or small group setting. My heart ached for these kids, and I had serious concerns about the students’ abilities to manage high school, college, and the work force. I know some parents regretted home-schooling their children when they saw how much they struggled.

    My sister, an elementary school teacher had similar experiences in her school district.

    Is it impossible to give your children a well-rounded education that meets their social and academic needs? No, but it requires A LOT of work on the parents’ part.

  10. Okay, first of all, what you are probably talking about is Public School at Home through an on-line virtual school such as connections academy. Don’t be fooled, that is still Public School, I think its a viable option, but from a legal standpoint it is NOT the same thing as homeschooling.
    That said, I think any kind of home based schooling is a better option than sending kids to Public School.

    I just read the previous persons answer, and I must say that it is a mistake to judge homeschoolers based on those who RETURN to public school. Perhaps they are returning BECAUSE they were not having a successful homeschool experience. Perhaps the succesful ones stayed with it.

    Many homeschoolers are very successful, but guess what? They don’t where signs saying “I am Homeschooled”, so, because they are normal, you won’t know they are a homeschooler unless you ask.

    Homeschooled kids do sometimes need to adjust to a classroom environment when they start college, but most colleges offer some sort of “study skills” or “college success” class. And some homeschoolers don’t have any trouble adjusting to a classroom at all. If the parent teaches them notetaking skills, and has them practice these skills by attending a few lectures or something like that, they won’t have any trouble learning from a lecture.

    As far as the social thing goes, just think, how many shy, withdrawn, Public School kids have you met? Some things are just part of certain people’s personalities. Some homeschoolers are outgoing, some are shy, some Public School kids are outgoing, some are shy. Some adults are outgoing, some are more reserved.

    I know that my kids will become reserved if they know they are being scrutinized by someone who wants to see if they are “normal”. But when they are just allowed to be themselves, they act like normal kids.

    OH YEAH! As far as “gaps” in their education… first off everyone has some. All of us forget much of what we were taught. Homeschool parents have some control over where those gaps will be at least, I mean we can make sure our children learn to read, write, and do math at grade level, which the Public School often fails to do.

    My two oldest kids just got their standardized tests back (which by the puts them on a percentile ranking comparing them with public schooled children) one of them had an overall score of 88% percentile (that means she did better than 88% of the kids twho take the test), the other scored in the 86 percentile, again better than 86 percent of kids who take the test. The score options also have a grade ranking, my Junior High studen scored as High School student would be expected to, and my First Grader scored as they would expect a child over half through second grade to score. I am not really worried about gaps! 🙂 🙂

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