Homeschooling The Edge Compared With Formal Education Education Essay

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I have experienced both home-schooling and public education, and I found I learned far more and tried much harder in home education. Although I found the drawback to home education to be a reduction in social contact, it doesn't

Having home schooled my son from seventh grade through twelfth, I found that I could provide a better education for my son than his local high school was capable of doing. Because my son has a superior IQ and a form of Autism

I was homeschooled for two years as a student in the 1980's. The main argument I hear today against homeschooling is the same one I heard back in the 1980's, and that was the lack of social interaction. That may have been an

I believe that homeschooling is better overall because of how bad public education has become. How many times have you read articles about students who are passed in classes that they didn't do well in? In most schools, classes

Homeschooling as a method of education is as diverse as those found in formal education. Each homeschooling family has a unique blend of personality, methodology and purpose. It is therefore extremely difficult to make a blanket

As a sophomore college student who was homeschooled from first grade to graduation, I can definitely say that homeschooling was a success for me and countless other students. While some may argue that formal education is better,

As with many things of this nature, the correct answer is always, "It depends". Specifically, it depends on the child or children and the parents. It also depends, to a lesser extent, on the school system in question.

Formal education for the most part is about bringing students up to a "norm" whereas homeschooling is about educating a child to his fullest

Home schooling may provide a more relaxed learning environment,

Already, this question poses a great problem, namely, what does better' actually mean? Is the role of education merely to enhance academic achievement? Of course not it is a place where one can learn life skills, meet potentially

Formal education beats homeschooling any day. The difference is as glaring as comparing theory to practice. Nothing can replace experiential learning.

there are many pros and cons to children going to school rather than being homeschooled and vise versa. When a child attends public school,

One study (sponsored by the US Department of Education) found that home school student test scores were 'exceptionally high' and that the median scores for every grade were much higher than those seen in the public schools.

The study went on to note that home school students in grades one through four were a full grade level above students in the public schools and that, by the time home schooled students reached the equivalent of grade eight, they were four years ahead!

It was also noted that this was largely attributable to the very poor standard of most public schools but that this did not fully explain the results as home school students also did considerably better than those attending private schools.

The study also noted that home schooling costs were lower. On average, government schools spent $6,500 per student every year and private schools spent $3,500. Parents undertaking home schooling spent of $550 per student each year, although this figure does not of course take into account the time spent by parents on home schooling for which a public school teacher would be paid.

One of the problems with the public school system is that it is a system that is designed rather like many socks today - one size fits all - and while this might work reasonably well for socks, it certainly doesn't work at all well for our children.

Children are supposed to come of the

As a product of home schooling, I would say no. I don't necessarily think that home schooled kids are less intelligent, that greatly depends on the parents' involvement. For me, it wasn't a of lack of intellect, it was a lack

What do u think of home schooling or home tuition? Is it really better than mainstream setting such as public or private school? What do u think??

((Supporting or supposing??))

I definitely against this idea. My major reason is that the pupils will terribly isolated from their peers and society

I think it'll either work very well or very badly 99% dependant on the student, 1% on the tutor/teacher.

Student: If they really have a mind and willingness to work along with a good intelligence, (because face it, some people work so hard and are just not as clever as others) then they will truly benefit from not having a class of disruptions. If they can socialize well in their own time they are getting the best of both worlds.

Teacher: Obviously the teacher needs to be good enough to give the student the amazing education he has the potential of receiving.

If the student doesn't wish to learn or can't socialize after school hours then he will miss out on a potentially good education or a social life. When home schooling works it works very well, but if it doesn't it is potentially disastrous.

I'm going to disagree. A teacher usually has undergone professional training in order to obtain certification to teach. Thus, he/she should be knowledgeable in the subject they teach.

Home schooling may be possible in the very early grades, however in my case, once I get to 6th grade we had individual teachers for each subject. SO, for instance, my 6th grade science teacher only taught science and should be more knowledgeable (not simply in content, but also in methods of teaching) then a parent.

At the college level there is no comparison. You can't get a college level education at home. College professors have a much greater command of knowledge then any "lay person".

This depends largely upon the time and ability of the parents to educate their children themselves or to pay for a private tutor. One of the original reasons for us being taken out of homeschooling was that I was bored with stuff at my level and wanted to do harder stuff, but the schools wouldn't allow for it (I actually got effectively expelled from a Montessori school for helping other students too much, or rather doing their work for them-the management was changing and they didn't like deviants, long story). When we started home school my mother could devote full time to us, and she did follow the national curriculum, but it was modified in ways that suited us (my siblings and I) particularly. We also used computers a lot, more so than normal at the time, and CDs with basic courses proved very useful as preparation for GCSEs. Eventually I left the normal school system and slipped back in after my parent's convinced our local state school to let me take my GCSEs and A-Levels two years early. In this case I was lucky, and home school stopped my interest in science and so forth from being stifled, though I'm glad I left when I did.

If there had to be general cases, I'd say that homeschooling would probably be ideal in a small village without a school, since most kids will know each other and live nearby, or in cases where poor standards and an unpleasant social environment at the local school would be a bad influence on a child's development

I think there's definitely nothing wrong with it, and I think that for most kids its better.

But here's the best way I've found to explain it... I've used this on other forums before and I figure rather than trying to figure a new way to say the same thing I may as well copy and paste:

My education was almost entirely self-motivated. I say almost entirely because as a very young child my mother did do some actual teaching of reading and math skills. I'm not sure whether her interference was necessary or not, but at any rate I didn't mind it since even when I was needing help with learning I loved every moment of it. Since then I have educated myself, on the topics that I either enjoy or that I know I ought to learn more about. I imagine I will go on that way for the rest of my life, since I feel that life itself is meant to be educational.


1. If you can find an emotional bond to what you're learning - which is essentially what self-motivation is - you are far more likely to remember it for many years, if not the rest of your life. Forced learning may teach people well enough that they can pass the next test about it (more on test-taking later) but in my experience it with surprising frequency causes their minds to throw it out once it becomes 'unimportant'. Since this is about education, not the inner workings of the mind and the way that memory is stored, I won't go into great detail about the science behind this process; I feel confident that everyone will grasp the basic idea without me ranting about it.

2. Self-motivated (and self-chosen) education is actually more likely to be relevant to later life, especially in the teenaged years when interests are getting more refined. People ideally wind up with a career that is connected to their interests, and the topics they chose for education is therefore likely to come in handy with their dream career; not only will it help them be good at it once they have it, but it can often help them get it. I, for instance, have always loved literature and other book-related subjects, and therefore liked to spend time at the library; subsequently I started volunteering there, and I now have a job there which I love and which if I so choose I can keep for the rest of my life (I may not choose, since I would really rather live somewhere different than I do now, and also since if possible I plan to make a living as an author... but in the mean time it's a great job.) Most of my life people encouraged me to stop reading so much and learn more maths and such, but I think that so far evidence has shown that they were wrong.

3. I have never in my life experienced stress about any factor of my education. Honestly. Taking tests (especially multiple choice, probably just because they're easier although aside from that there is something I love about the elimination process) is something that I do for recreation, and even when I'm taking a test for serious reasons I don't stress out about it like some people do. This may be just a part of my personality, but I think a lot of it was my education. There were never any serious consequences if I hadn't learned something properly; I just had to try harder. My education focused on learning things and enjoying it rather than not failing the class, and therefore that is the way I think of things. I know that with any question I either know the answer or I don't, and I can conclude which it is and deal with it appropriately when the time comes.

4. Self-education is bound to be much more unique than public school educations, and therefore promotes diversity in thought and encourages children to stand up for their beliefs.

Socialization, friends, and other commonly raised issues: my views

I feel that too much socialization can be a bad thing. Group mentality is rarely a healthy thing, yet in public school it's hard to avoid that. Children spend all day with children their own age, all of whom want to fit in so that people will get along with them (a reasonable desire, but a decision that children shouldn't be forced to make.) Wouldn't it be far better if children could spend a moderate amount of time with people of all different ages, and either listens to what they have to say or actually converse with them? That would allow them to get used to associating with other people, while understanding that it's all right to have your own opinions about things. Children don't need to spend a lot of time socializing in order to have good social skills. School doesn't even teach good social skills, it teaches how to have petty grudges and jealousies. Likewise, children don't need to be forced to make friends. As long as a child is given enough opportunities to meet people roughly their own age, they will make friends if they encounter one with whom they can have an enjoyable friendship. They may not have as many friends, but I for one would far rather have a few great friends than twenty mediocre ones. Homeschooled children, like adults, make friends through circumstances other than school.

Other issues raised - how will they learn to raise their hands when they want to talk, how will they learn about standing in line, how will they learn to respect authority, how will they learn to share, how will they learn to get along with people who are different than they are, et cetera - are explained by a point I made earlier: Life is educational. Some author (I believe it was Robin McKinley, but I'm not sure) said that the only thing she learned from high school was how to go to high school... I think in many cases that is true. The majority of non-curricular things learned in school are either unnecessary or you will learn in later life. Standing in line is very self-explanatory, and they will probably learn by going places with their parents where you have to stand in line. Raising a hand when you want to talk is not something that comes up a lot of out of school, but regardless most children do learn about the practice and realize when it is appropriate to do so. Respecting authority is something they will learn from their parents, and therefore will probably realize in later life that rather than blindly respecting authority it is best to respect anyone who you feel is worthy of your respect (although they will still have an understanding of what authority means, and therefore won't get themselves into trouble by ignoring it.) They will learn sharing with friends and siblings, not that the concept is one that takes a lot of drilling in; even without a lot of contact with other children they could pick up the habit from books and such, the same source from which I'm pretty sure I got most of my personality. The accepting differences argument makes no sense, considering the fact that in school children often seek out a difference between the majority and a specific child in order to give them some bullying ammunition. Children are more likely to learn about accepting differences from adults who set a good example and from not having those differences pointed out at an early age.


Self-motivated self-education not only works, but can (in my opinion) prove to be an asset in later life. Children, when not pressured to do otherwise, always have an interest in learning. Schools, although in most cases well-meaning, are often counterproductive to actual learning; not only do children feel the need to rebel from the authority of the teachers, they feel compelled to dislike it in order to fit in with the rest of the students.

This is a question a lot parents ask themselves before embarking on this system of education. They are usually in doubts about their capabilities as home tutors. The most obvious fact is that home schooling your child has its own advantages and disadvantages. The flexibilities and control endowed onto you when you start home tuitions for your child can not be gotten in a public classroom situation. The values can not be taught in a public arena situation so as to speak. By taking the initiative to take control of your child's education, a parent can shape the child's values better than when they are taught at the normal traditional classrooms. Furthermore, your home made curriculum can incorporate your own religious and morals beliefs which can easily be instilled on your child.

Foe a parent to start home schooling their child, a teaching degree or college education is not a necessity. All that is required is for the parent to at least be a form four graduate. Although it is a much greater responsibility for the practicing parent, your child will receive for more education from the concerned parent than they would have gotten from a public school system. To add more to this if you find that there are some subjects you can not handle, you can employ a tutor to help you with these.

For your child to excel at a home tuition situation, there are two things you need to put emphasis on. These are;

§ The parent or the tutor must have a true desire to teach their children at whatever cost.

You must have the determination to succeed with your home tuitions.

§ Total dedication and effort.

If there is no dedication on the tutor's side (who is most basically the parent), then you efforts will be wasted.

This is all it takes to succeed with home tuitions, the desire and total efforts on your part.

With these two things, your kid will realize a well rounded education that is no match to one who is publically educated. Furthermore, any parent can become an effective and an efficient teacher if they have a true desire to see their children realize a perfect education that surpasses a classroom environment.

There is no one who understands and wants their children to succeed than the parent. And to progress at a much better pace then you would find in a public school situation, a tutor must know and understand the kid well enough and have the desire to see them learn. This is not possible with a public school teacher; their motivation is usually the paycheck they receive at the end of the month. Others have too many children in their class to really care for a specific kid. They absolutely don't have the time for a single student. The attention that a parent can provide is absolute. This is why children who are home schooled have more potential than their public educated peers.

The biggest problem that the parents face is being unsure of themselves in terms of their ability to teach. School teachers undergoes many years of education programs before they qualify to teach while majority of parents have no teaching training at all. But this should never be deterrent to giving home tuition to your child. You will be surprised how effective your teaching will be assimilated by your child. School teachers face many obstacle on their day to day jobs, thus giving attention to an individual child is usually a tall order. They must overcome and familiarize themselves with many children's learning styles. Other burdens they have to overcome includes different behaviors, disciplinary problems from different children, school rules and regulation on top others things there are required to adhere to. As a home school tutor, the parent is in charge of only one kid, thus the child learning experience is enhanced greatly.

When it comes to the curriculum, the parent sets it according to what they feel will be beneficial to their children learning experience. They make sure their child learns a specific subject thoroughly before moving ahead. If possible, they can proceed faster because there are no less intelligent children to slow them down. The individual time set for a specific subject is reduced according to the kids learning abilities. In the case of a public or private school, the teacher must start lessons at a precise time and finish at a predetermined time. By getting through with lesson earlier, field trips and other learning activities can be taken care of.

Before you start home tuition for your child, take a little time and search the web for ideas and lesson plans. You are apt to find different topics from different areas of home schooling. With the help of these resources, online home tuition education groups, forums and your strong desire to help your child achieve a good education, you can be assured of success.