What do you prefer and why, home study or sending kids to school?home study vs. sending to school

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a great question, and I don't think you'll get the same answer twice from any two people in any country.  As a teacher, I can see the benefit of both.  However, I will tell you that my brightest students have always had a foundation in homeschool settings--at least in elementary grades.

Both public/private and homeschooled kids get the socialization that they need.  I know that is one of the biggies for not homeschooling, but there is a huge network of people in homesechool settings which provide for art, music, sports, and other programs which parents may not be able to teach on their own.  In addition, these kids spend a lot of time in museums, art galleries, plays, musicals, at concerts, and in other places where there are huge possibilities for socializing and making friends.  Plus, they usually get a better education in the arts since, sadly, public schools are guilty of cutting arts programs first when money gets tight.  Kids need the arts--it provides for culture and understanding the human condition in a deeper way than just in-class instruction can ever do.

Homeschoolers go on lots more field trip than students in traditional schools since it's cheaper and not as complicated (parent permission, collecting money, chaperones, arranging transportation, etc.) to take a small group than it is to arrange for the care of entire classes and in some cases, all the students in the fourth grade to go to xyz field trip.  Field trips are essential--most kids learn better when they can see, hear, touch, and manipulate the thing they are learning.  The best field trips bring the subject to life so kids can really get it--reenactments of history, hands-on museums where you can climb the trees in the rainforest and touch and feel the bats, bugs, snakes, and other critters (plastic, of course) that live there or you can be the fireman sliding down the pole or the doctor in surgery.  Planetariums are the best!

That having been said, there are just as many students who do not experience all these wonderful things and who still do very well in traditional school settings.  There are fantastic classroom teachers out there who spend countless hours creating virtual field trips so their students will "go and do" these things in the seat of the classroom of computer lab.  However, when students are not doing their half of the work, it is impossible to do as many fun things in class related to the subject.  Homework is assigned many times to prepare the way for the next step in the learning process.

It boils down to this:  students must take responsibility for their own learning.  Parents must take responsibility for making sure their children are learning what they need to succeed, and if they are not, getting tutors and help to ensure that learning.

A great education can be gained in either setting--traditional classrooms and homeschool classrooms.  It depends on how badly the student wants the knowledge and much he/she is willing to work for it.

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I find myself agreeing with #8. If a child is home schooled by a parent who is dedicated and self-disciplined and who works hard in that role, surely the results can be good. However, if those factors are not in place, then not so much. In a public school setting, a student may experience a less-than-stellar instructor, but that teacher will be only one of many in whose hands the child's education rests. In a home school setting, the child's education rests in the hands of one person with one point of view and one set of talents. It is, by its nature, limiting.

We frequently hear and may experience the successes of home schooled students when they come into our own classrooms. I have. However, I have seen some of the not-so-favorable results. One of my home schooled students was so shy and insecure in class (a friendly class) that she could not bear to speak--literally. She talked to me only in writing. When I talked to her, always privately, she listened, her eyes averted. She was a wonderful girl who was scared to death. She had never developed the social skills to find her place among others and to realize that she had much to offer in any group. No doubt she is an exception, but a real one. Another of my home schooled students was argumentative, hostile to any idea that deviated from his own strict set of beliefs. For a mind to be so closed at the age of fifteen was disconcerting for me. Should these examples indict the principles and practices of home schooling in general? Of course not. But they show, I think, that not every student thrives in home schooling, just as not every student thrives in a public school. There is no system that is "the answer" in education.

There is no excuse--ever--for public schools that fail our students academically or that allow conditions that threaten or endanger students' well being. That said, public education built this country and will have to save it. I, for one, haven't given up on our public schools.

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Whenever I hear that people have homeschooled their children, I admire them with awe.  I can't imagine the enormous responsibility that is involved with assuming the giant task of home schooling.  My children went to a private school, but I was very involved with their homework and studying.

I like the system of schools that exists outside the home, I think that children benefit from this experience.  Even though Home Schoolers argue that their children do not lose out on socialization or friendship or activities, I think that they miss out on the wider experience of being part of a community where there are lots of different people who don't agree with you.

If people home school for religious reasons, I think that is fine, but even the Amish community allows their 16 year old children to go into society to decide if they are truly happy being a member of the Amish community or if they want to join general society.  The practice is called Rumspringa.

Up until they are unleashed on secular society, Amish children are home schooled and kept strickly in the community that lives life as if it is the 18th century, no electricity, no cars, no telephones, no modern conveniences.

"During Rumspringa, teens are permitted to briefly leave the Amish community and experiment with aspects of the modern world, like technology, before deciding whether to commit to the Amish lifestyle forever."



thewritingteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach at a hybrid school: independent study Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; classroom activity Tuesday, Friday. It is a nice compromise between private and home education. My own children, however, attend a public school because the district we live in has some exceptional academic and music programs that a small school (or home school) just couldn't match.

Home schooling requires tremendous discipline for both student and parent. I remind my students that their parents ARE teachers. I also encourage both parents and students to set a schedule for the independent study days. Traditional classroom students know where they will be at any given time of the school day. It's too easy to think "I have all day" when at home--which ultimately leads to cramming two days work into 2 hours. However, if a student can master time management at 14,15, or 16, their prospects for success in the long term are good.

If both parent and student are committed to getting the best out of independent studies by working diligently, then the education can be superb. Home school, however, is not for every family. There is certainly room in our education system for all educational strategies.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The determiner of a child's success in either home-schooling or traditional schools is in the parents and the child him/herself.  For the bright, creative child, public school with its "No Child Left Behind" can often disengage this student, leaving him or her unchallenged and bored.  Since a creative child usually comes from a parent of the same ilk, this parent can foster the spirit and desires of his/her child better than can public education, for instance.  In addition, a parent of this kind will ensure that the student participate in the creative experiences available for home-schoolers that Ms. Lepore has so thoroughly mentioned.

For others, the parent may be ill-equipped to home school, or the child is not motivated enough to work on his/her own and needs to be in a competitive environment in order to develop.  Nowadays, however, many parents with children who are not motivated are disappointed in the public schools that are also non-competitive, having lowered standards to accommodate "everyone."  If these parents could send their children to a good private school, they might opt for this choice, instead.


timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the things that factors into homeschooling that I have not seen mentioned yet is the control over the values that the students are explosed to.  In many cases parents do not share the values espoused (verbally or culturally) in public schools, and decide to keep their children home to control these values.  This is a BIG consideration from many homeschoolers in our area.

And I have always wondered about the socialization problem.   When I was in school, I (we) had two sets of friends:  our school friends and our home friends.  Sometimes they were the same, but, especially as we moved into high school, the often weren't.  I was never short of opportunities to socialize, but in school and outside of school.  Of course homeschooling did not exist when I was in school, so I can't speak from experience, but I don't think I depended on school for socialization when I was younger.

I think a reasoned and thorough research project examining why parents select home schooling would be very interesting.

engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have seen the benefits and drawbacks of both systems, and I feel that it really boils down to the educational practitioner, be that parent or teacher.

One student I know who was homeschooled all the way through his academic career (except college) is one of the most intelligent people I know, and his parents are responsible for that. They were certain that he received the appropriate content and curriculum, and they ensured that he was ready to move from one area to the next before "graduating" him. They also got him involved socially through programs like scouting, church, and other social opportunities.

Likewise, parents can be just as poor educators as some public school teachers are. They can hinder or help, construct or destruct. It all depends on who is doing the teaching, and the willingness of the pupil to learn. There are equally valid arguments for both sides of this issue, for certain. 

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If the resources are employed correctly, the right amount of time is dedicated, and the state-wide educational standards are followed, I vote for home schooling.

As a teacher, I have seen parents disenrolling students from school to homeschool them, only to bring them back to school because "they couldn't make it".

Equally, the success stories that have come from home-schooled children are enough to substantiate that it is an effective method.

I am not a home schooler because I know by faith that I do not have the patience to educate my own child, even though I am basically finished with a PhD in Education- ironic, huh?

Yet, seeing how my class ratios are so fluctuating, how the resources in my school are sometimes wasted, and how my son's teachers sometimes are less patient than me, I am in the brink of considering it.

alohaspirit eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Definitely sending children to school.  I understand why parents would want to homeschool their children, but then children are missing out on the crucial social interaction that is so important at the childhood and adolescent age.  Children need to be able to interact with others and also take up opportunities at school such as clubs, sports, organizations, commmunity service, and other extra-curricular activities.  I also think children being in a school setting will help them adjust to the "real world" better than if they were at home all day long.  They get to interact with different people, hopefully with different ethnicities and backgrounds, and that will help them prepare for interacting with adults as they go off to college and the working world.  Social interaction is a building block in any child's life.

Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am in favor of traditional schooling as opposed to home schooling.  Although I see many benefits of the latter and struggle with the negative influences of select children, the fact remains that children must learn to live in the real world.  School is the vehicle to achieve this end.  In my opinion, the socialization provided through traditional schooling [including small exchanges between classes, observed misbehavior, the possibility of having good (as well as bad) teachers, scuffles on the playground, interaction between friends as well as acquaintances, benefits of extracurricular organized activities, etc.] can not be replicated in a home environment.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess I think it depends on the motives of the parents. If the parent is committed to teaching the child to the best of their ability, and to get the best resources they can to teach, then it can work quite well. Unfortunately, it seems the motive is, in some cases, to shield the child from ideas the parent doesn't understand or agree with.

kantannalynn | Student
What do you prefer and why, home study or sending kids to school?

home study vs. sending to school

Well for someone who has been to three different schools in the last 3 years it's a very good question...being homeschool as well i much enjoyed the "real" highschool setting...but it did not come with out hardships...but when being homeschooled i found myself more focused on my goals and striving much harder be get there...when in a regular highschool i found myself more concerned with freinds and "the dreded highschool drama"

aniaxxx | Student

I think i depends. Home schooling is obviously more independent and you can have more choice about your education, what to learn, you can socialise on your own (there are people out there outside the classroom, too ;) , but if school is chosen according to person`s talents and aspirations and if it is a good school, then there is nothing wrong in attending it.

oceans11 | Student

Today it is great that parents have an option: homeschool or sending off to school.  Homeshooling has come to play an important factor available to those parents who have children that need a different stule of education.  Many children with Attention Deficit Disorder due well in a homeschool situation due to the fact that it is usually more hands-on.  Their are many oportunities for field trips, science adventures, and breaks.  The student with ADHD benefits from all this and is in a setting with more flexibility. The parents that homeschool are committed to their child, they have thought it through, they have prayed and the decided this is the right thing to do for their child.The public schools today are so score oriented that they are not flexible; due to budget cuts have eliminated field trips, and science projects and experiments are put on by a group of parent volunteers. Techers this year will see larger classes, less monetary support, and probably not one field trip.School need to adjust to the ever changing population of students that are from generation "ME".  These children cannot sit still, are constantly texting, and know way too much for their own good. Parents are too busy trying to make a living and get home too late to supervise homework or just sit and talk.  I have been at Back to School Nights and have seen parents grunt when the teacher talks about homework.  They are looking at each other and saying, "Who has time for homework?"

krishna-agrawala | Student

Sending children to school has many advantages which can not be replicated easily in home study. These include socialization, learning to be independent, and wide range of activities in a good school. However, I believe, studies in school cannot completely eliminate the need for home studies.

Even when children go to school, parents and guardians have substantial responsibility for development and learning of children. Children and especially the young ones, don't just learn the subjects taught in the class. They also learn to live in the right way. Home plays a very important part in this type of learning.

Further, even in matters taught in class, it may be necessary to provide additional individual attention at home, which they may not always receive from their teachers who need to pay attention to all the students in the class. The students weak in a subject will benefit a lot if they receive additional help from parents to understand the basic.

Parents also need to guide and help their children in acquiring knowledge and skill that is not part of their curriculum, but in which they are interested - for example, learning to play a musical instrument.

epollock | Student

Sending kids to school relieves many burdens and adds to their socialization.  It affords them the ability to take subjects with different professionals, mingle with kids their own age throughout the day, and lets them build lasting school relationships.

It relieves the burden of having parents tutor children in everything though they might be lacking in advanced knowledge in several subjects. And don't forget about that all-important class in phys-ed.

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