(-) Homeschooling can take up a lot of time of the parent, leading to an acute time restraint for the parents. Picture a kitchen table filled with books and no cooked food. The kitchen virtually turns into a study room in this case!
(-) Homeschooling requires one parent to be at home full-time. This could lead to a financial restraint on the family. The income would reduce, while the expenditure would, almost, remain the same.
(-) If a child spends most of his/her time at home, he/she would not be able to participate in team sports. He/she might not be welcomed in public school teams. Hence, parents have to make arrangements (make their own sports team), so that their children can participate in games.
(-) Another minus point would be, children studying at home, may not belong to a friends' circle, because of which they would feel lonely and isolated.
(-) You have to accept that homeschooling is an oddity. As such, in a neighborhood where most children go to a public school, one home scholar may find it hard to make friends and might find it very easy getting teased.
(-) Parents cannot deny that they have to be around their kids 24x7. If parents are not prepared for this, then homeschooling is not an option for them. However, some parents do feel that spending more time with kids helps in familial growth and bonding.
(-) Another concern would the amount of noise or disturbance at home. The constant ringing of the doorbell or cell phone may hamper the concentration of the child who is trying to study.
|Public School Pros|
|Public schools, even though a regularity have their set of pros and cons. Let's first see the pros.|
(+) Transportation is provided. As such, worrying about car pooling or dropping and picking up kids is not required.
(+) Public schools provide the kids with an opportunity to partake in creative activities like theater and bands. All-round development is easier in public schools.
(+) There are several after-school programs that are available at public schools. The children can opt for those and choose what they wish to do.
(+) There is a certain level of proficiency in the educators at public schools. Most states require the teachers to be trained and certified. As such, the educators have to live up to a standard.
(+) Public schools are funded. As such, children studying in public schools have more opportunities and resources available to them.
(+) A child studying in a public school is exposed to the different types of people in the world. As such, it can be said that public school prepares an individual who can face the world with confidence.
(+) Public schools have kids coming from a gamut of backgrounds, because of which, children get an opportunity to interact with others who have a viewpoint of their own.
(+) There is more than one teacher available to teach various subjects apart from the class teacher. For instance, students have different teachers appointed for foreign languages, arts, music, etc., which keeps up the children's interest.
(-) Peer pressure and bullying are regular affairs at public schools. Non-conformism and innovative thinking are not easily acceptable.
(-) There is no individual attention given to the students. As such, certain gifted but quiet students tend to get lost in the crowd.
(-) There are too many varieties of students studying at public schools. As such, the parents don't have much control over the kids their children get along with.
(-) Children tend to get rude in the attempt of "taking care of themselves". There is more exposure to social evils. These factors often get a little difficult for parents to handle or avoid.
(-) The teaching in public schools, is done at the mid-learner's level, so advanced learners might get bored.
(-) What about children who are introverts by nature? They would feel left out in the crowd because their nature does not allow them to mingle with others.
(-) Some children get influenced by others' (wrong) behavior, and tend to follow them, forgetting about the teachings given by parents. They tend to rebel, if scolded or stopped for doing something.
(-) Students dealing with anger management problems or other such issues, will not get help from school authorities. In fact, it'll worsen matters and they may take some wrong steps.
(-) Some children become independent-minded and do not feel the need to consult their parents before taking any decision.
|Now that both sides of each medium of schooling have been looked into, let's take the next step. I am not even going to try getting into any of the statistics here. My arguments in this case are neutral and based on practicalities of life. Homeschooling versus public schooling is an argument that has gone on for so long, simply because, there is no definite answer there. For certain families and certain children, homeschooling can be the best option; while for some factors, public schools can be the better choice. Keep in mind your wants for the child as well as the requirements of the child, on the basis of society and propriety. Either way, the ultimate goal should be optimum learning for the child. If that is maintained, then the mode of schooling is immaterial.|