In today's world there are more options available for children to attend school besides public school. One of these options is to be homeschooled. There is some controversy concerning the subject of homeschool. When compared to public school there are some similarities alongside the differences. When parents are considering which may be best for their child; they need to consider these things.
It is important to consider many factors before deciding whether your child should stay- at- home to learn or should be sent to a public school to learn; this decision cannot be made lightly so parents must do a little research and fully understand the type of education that would be the most beneficial for their child. One concern parents and educators alike are concerned about is the teaching credibility of teachers and instructors. Public school educators must possess a teaching certificate or degree.
The federal government holds the instructors and teachers to the highest of standards. It is these standards and concerns that have led to so many questions about how good of an education child can receive them. There was a time when these questions and concerns were valid arguments. This is no longer the case. Today advocates for homeschoolers run one of the most effective lobbies in Washington, with connections all the way to the White House, where the president recently hosted a reception for homeschooled students.
Legislation has now passed laws that require parents to pass some level of certification with the state or local school district before they are allowed to teach their children. There are also now available online several credible sources of companies who specialize in home-based education. One of the largest of these is owned and ran by former US Secretary of Education, William Bennett. K-12, the name of this particular online school for homeschoolers, is an accredited school that parents can feel confident in enrolling their students into.
So, where before there was a valid concern about the quality of education that is offered at home, this is one thing less parents and educators need to worry about when choosing which form of education is more appropriate for a particular child. Another major concern parents may have is the willingness of a college or university to accept a student who has been homeschooled. Things have come a long way in this area as well. In recent years the number of students now homeschooled has more than tripled.
It is because of this that colleges and universities have realized there is a growing needs to have some guidelines in place. Three quarters of universities now have policies for dealing with homeschooled applicants, according to (Cafy Cohan), author of "The Home – Schoolers College Admissions Handbook". " When it comes down to it, there are several Ivy League universities recognizing the validation of not only students graduating from public schools but also students who have been homeschooled as well. Some of these universities include: Harvard, Rice and Stanford, Iowa State University, Kennesaw State Georgia, and Ohio Northern University.
There is another area where homeschoolers and students who attend public school are very similar. This is the desire, ability, and willingness to participate in extracurricular activities. Students who attend public school have a wide range of afterschool activities such as team sports, drama, and dance class. There are several clubs students can join including the debate team, chess club, and band. Extracurricular activities are looked upon favorably on college applications. Some can even lead to scholarship opportunities.
For homeschooled students, extracurricular activities are also available and encouraged. At local clubs such as the YMCA, Boys Town, Boy and Girl Scouts, and church leagues; students are exposed to a variety of activities. There is also the option of private lessons with things such as dancing, singing, and learning to play a musical instrument. There are several notable differences between students attending public school and students being homeschooled. One thing parents and guardians need to keep in mind that may affect being accepted in a major-league University is the difference in test scores.
Homeschool students on average are testing much higher on standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT. Homeschoolers are testing around 1 to 2 grades higher than their public school counterparts. By the time the same student reaches the 8th grade; students being homeschooled are testing an average of 4 grades higher. At this time there is no definitive answer or reasoning for this. One of the strongest theories states the reason for better test grades has to do with the student to teacher ratio. Public school students are usually in large classrooms with one or two teachers.
The student to teacher ratio for the homeschooler is much smaller. It is usually one-on-one. These smaller classes allow a more intense and a higher quality of time to assist the student with the area they are struggling with. Because classrooms are so much larger with usually only one teacher; teachers only have time to teach and go over the basics. They have to rely on homework and study help from parents and other siblings. A familiar argument amongst experts is socialization between students and their peers.
One of the toughest arguments against homeschooling children is the missed opportunities for socialization. A child studying in a public school is exposed to the different types of people in the world. Public school has a variety of children from all different types of backgrounds; this allows students to interact with their peers who have or are beginning to developing their own opinions and ideas. There are some experts who would argue these social interactions are vital to a child's ability to learn how to cope and adapt to challenges life will inevitably throw at them.
On the opposite end of the spectrum; there is concern that a child taught exclusively at home will only be influenced by the personal thoughts and ideas of the family unit. This could pose a problem if a child is being taught at home solely because of racial or religious differences the family may have about others. Another difference parents need to consider is the rise of violence in our public schools. It is not an uncommon sight to see law officers and metal detectors on school grounds. With the rise of violence in school comes the added fear of weapons and drugs on campuses nationwide.
There have been several recent shootings in high schools and parents worry about the school's ability to keep their children safe. Drug use and sale is also on the rise. It is relatively easy for children to gain access to the prescription drugs available in their own homes. The abuse of something as simple as cough medicine, because it is easy to obtain, is a concern nationwide. There are some parents who believed by keeping their children home they can control the types and amounts of drugs their child may come into contact with.
Whereas, by sending their child to a public school, they have no control over what their children may be exposed to. Parents teaching their children home can limit the amount of violence their children are exposed to. In rural areas where the crime rate is higher than average; some parents feel teaching their children at home better protects their child from violence and peer pressure in trying the use of drugs. There are many similarities and differences concerning homeschooling for your children or sending them to a public school.
The ultimate goal is to ensure a child gets the best education possible. Because each genre has their good points and their bad; collaboration between public school and homeschool could improve both programs. Public schoolteachers and instructors could learn from their home schooled counterparts how to improve their techniques and help their public schooled children raise their test scores. Allowing children taught at home to join extracurricular activities such as team sports, drama, and band may help to break down barriers of socialization.
Homeschool students should be allowed to take advanced classes in high school that homeschool instructors may struggle with themselves like physics or foreign languages. Class trips including students from both types of education could help ease the stigma one group has toward the other. It is the right of every student to receive a well-rounded education. When choosing the right way for your child to learn, parents cannot assume one form of education is better than the other. The bottom line is the student's learning style, any physical limitations, economics, or family beliefs should all be taking into consideration.
The coming together and the collaboration of all educational resources is beneficial for not only students; the teachers, instructors, parents, but the whole community as well. Like many questions about your child's education this particular one does not have any easy answers. In both homeschool and public school situations the instructors and teachers must have a teaching certificate or degree. Universities and colleges are actively recruiting students not only from public schools, but also from among the thousands of homeschooled students as well.
Extracurricular activities are not only being offered and enjoyed by the student attending public school. Students being homeschooled enjoy a long list of extracurricular activities as part of their well – rounded education. There are several major differences a parent or guardian should consider when choosing the right type of education for their child. Among these differences is a higher score a student receiving an education at home seems to be receiving. On average homeschooled students received higher SAT, ACT, and other achievement test scores than their public school counterparts.
On the other hand, public school offers a child a better socialization experience. Public school offers exposure to different religious and ethnic backgrounds. One drawback to public school is the rise of violence on campus. Violence and drug use are major concern parents could be faced with. However, no matter what genre a parent chooses; there are several reasons both could benefit by collaborating. Public schools should allow homeschooled students to take classes and join afterschool programs like team sports. The students from both could go on class trips together.
By collaborating this could knock down walls and open doors for both the homeschooled student and the student who attends public school. No matter what a parent's personal opinion they should ask questions and consider all the options. It is important to consider many factors before deciding whether your child should stay- at- home to learn or should be sent to a public school to learn; this decision cannot be made lightly so parents must do a little research and fully understand the type of education that would be the most beneficial for their child.