Comparing Homeschooling to Public Education

The primary similarity regarding the homeschooling concept is that this is a legal way of educating children in all 50 states. However, that is where any similarities end as the laws and regulations of this educational concept will vary from one state to another. In addition to this, the interpretation of these laws and regulations differ from one school district to the next. Another element is that these different laws and regulations oftentimes change every year so it is always wise to find out about this before educating your child this way.
As a suggestion, you should consider contacting the National Home Education Network to find out about homeschooling your child in your state of residency. This is one of the best resources to rely on where finding information regarding the laws and regulations of your state's homeschooling activities. It lists each one of the 50 state's laws that you can read about. However, it is best to contact an experienced attorney to accurately interpret them before making assumptions on your own.
The support groups of the National Home Education Network are also an excellent source of valuable information. You can search online for state Department of Education resources as well. They can help you with interpreting the laws and regulations of your state as well as the requirements involved for homeschooling your children. The main benefit of finding out as much information as you can is that this will help you avoid any negative surprises along the way. This is also beneficial if you relocated during the time that you are homeschooling.
Public school disadvantages
As parents, most of us are extremely trusting of the public education system in our home states, maybe a bit too trusting. We make the assumption that our children will receive a good education when we enroll them in public schools and are satisfied with this. However, you have to question whether or not you are actually getting a good value for the money you invest in this type of education. Additionally, you have to question whether or not your child is benefiting from public education.
Supposedly, one of public education's greatest benefits is socialization. In other words, it is hailed as the method wherein a child attains the rudimentary skills necessary to their survival. Unfortunately, this is a misconception of sorts in that the child is only able to interact with their peers, and that interaction oftentimes leads to negative consequences. There is no benefit if they bully younger children or fear older ones. Nor is there a benefit that they may not know how to behave around other adults.
In closing, just remember when it comes to public education, that environment only allows peer interaction at specific times during the school day. Conversely, a homeschooling type of environment enables them to learn in a social environment that is more natural to them. So ask yourself what is best for your child - homeschooling or public education?

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  • March 23, 2012 at 3:29 AM | Permalink

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