PublicSchools vs. Home-schooling.
Educationplays a substantial role in an individual`s life. It is, therefore,important for parents to ensure that the type of education theirchildren receive is of high quality. Public and home-schooling arethe two principal forms of education. Concerns have been raised onwhether either of the two is better than the other. Direct andfocused education is provided through home-schooling, althoughpreference to public schooling is mainly attributed to the vitalplatform it provides for the social development of a child. Parentsshould consider the pros and cons associated with each of the twosystems, to be able to decide on which is the best option for theirchildren. This article is projected towards comparing and contrastingpublic and home-schooling.
Thetwo education settings are similar in terms of the safety. It issensible to argue that children perform better when they aresubjected to safe and secure learning environments. The supporters ofhome-schooling believe that homes are the safest places wherechildren should learn (Pell,8).More so, they are confident that these kids are not affected by peerpressure and are therefore more likely to concentrate only on theirstudies. However, it is important to note that the same applies topublic schools` students. Even though the classrooms are not aspeaceful and calm as homes, every school`s administration isdedicated towards providing a safe environment through the employmentof enough security personnel. Some have vehicles that safelytransport students to and from school. Regarding peer pressure,classes about the same have been incorporated in most of the schools`curriculum to enable the children to overcome the issue of peerpressure. It is evident that children who are excessively shelteredand protected find it difficult to fine-tune to the unsafe real worldafter they are done with their studies.
Thedifferences between homeschooling and public schooling can be basedon a number of factors including academic environment,individualised attention, curriculum, social aspect and health andsafety trepidations (Ray,45).Parents and their children do not have control over the educationalenvironment provided by public schools. Some guardians may view theformer as a downside for public schools. They prefer home-schoolingtheir children since through the latter they possess the ability tominimise distractions and allow their children to socialise afterthey are done with their academic lessons. As opposed to publicschools which have large class sizes, home-schooling provides parentswith an opportunity to give their children individualised attentionto help the latter avoid falling behind with their lessons. Asignificant difference between the two systems of educationprovidence is attributed to germ control. Both students and teachersin public schools are exposed to illness-causing germs. They are notprotected against exposure to the microbes as opposed tohome-schooling where the number and type of people the childreninteract with is limited.
Basedon the above, parents are majorly responsible for the type andquality of education that their children receive. The advantages ofhomeschooling outweigh those of public schooling, although, in both,the security of the students is a primary concern. Therefore, parentswho can provide their children with home-based education should doso. However, the children should be allowed to interact with otherpeople in the society during their leisure time to allow for theirsocial development.
Pell,B. "Homeschooling: How Parents are influencing education for the21st century." HimgiriEducation Review1.2 (2013).
Ray,Brian D. "Research Facts on Homeschooling." NationalHome Education Research Institute(2015).