A comparison of homeschooling vs public schooling shows that a home school environment has many advantages over traditional classrooms.
I remember being afraid to tell my friends who are public school teachers about my decision to homeschool. Ironically, those who know the system best have been my biggest supporters, and many former public school teachers are deciding to educate their children at home.
Here is a comparison of homeschool vs. public school:
|One on one, tutorial||30 to 1 student-teacher ratio|
|Parent directed and monitored||Limited parental involvement|
|Tailored to student learning style||Caters to visual and auditory learners|
|Students progress at their own pace||Adheres to arbitrary scope and sequence|
|Encourages discovery and love of learning||Encourages memorization|
|Balances academics with life skills||Removes student from day to day life|
|Decisions motivated by concern for student||Decisions tainted by financial and professional incentives|
|Real life, multi-age||Segregated by age, race and income|
|Physically and emotionally safe||Danger of bullying, physical and verbal assault|
|Flexible, suits learner||Rigid, inhibits kinesthetic learners|
|Consistent, secure||Changes from year to year|
|Encourages students to do their best||Negative peer pressure|
|Allows time to pursue hobbies and interests||Wastes time on classroom management and busywork|
|Independence||Dependence on teacher, government|
|Self-motivation||External rewards and consequences|
|Creativity||Adherence to standards|
|Tolerance, individuality||Pecking order, conformity|
|Discipline focuses on building character||Discipline focuses on classroom management|
|Community service||Materialism, entertainment|
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