Homeschooling vs. Public, Private and Charter Schools
All of the research that has been done to date concludes that children that are homeschooled score much higher than their public school peers. This research only confirms that homeschool parents have known all along. Homeschool IS BETTER THAN
public school! Homeschool provides a better education model for children in 3 ways :
- low student-educator ratio
- personalized curriculum
- personalized instruction.
These are the 3 things no traditional educational environment can provide a child.
When parents homeschool, with a few exceptions for extremely large families, there is very low student-teacher ratio. With low student-teacher ratio, the time spent with each child is much HIGHER QUALITY time than the time a teacher is able to spend with 18-30 students in a classroom each day. Low ratios mean parents can take their time explaining concepts and lessons. They can spend more time on subjects that the child is having difficulty understanding and graduate on in subjects where the student is progressing.
Parents also know their children better than anyone. This special parent-child bond allows parents to truly teach to their child's strengths and weaknesses. The intimate relationship between a parent and a child creates the best learning foundation and it's truly not able to be duplicated in the school system.
Private and Charter Schools
Many parents falsely believe that spending a lot of money on a private school or getting their child in to a selective charter school is the key to a good education. WRONG! Private schools use the same model as public school with often a slightly lower student-teacher ratio -- they just make you pay for it! Charter schools may show a slight increase in test scores or grades because they often only select the 'best' students to attend their school and disenroll underperforming students to keep their test score averages high. Yet, homeschool children still score higher on standardized test than their private and charter school peers!
Let's Talk Money
Many parents equate spending lots of money on children with better grades, higher test scores and a better education. This simply isn't true. The average public school spending per student is about $5000/year. Homeschool parents spend about $400/year on homeschool materials. The homeschool parents spend a lot less but have smarter kids!
The answer is up to you. Don't take my word for it. Do your research online and read up on the amazing benefits of homeschooling. Below are some resources.
National Home Education Research Institute - www.nheri.org
Home School Legal Defense Association - www.hslda.org