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Jadon Pyle

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Ra-Shaunda Sterling

11 April 2017

Home schooling vs. Public Schooling

Whether or not home schooling is better than public schooling has been a debate long

discussed. Many have chosen to home school their children in the last 40 years. On the other

hand the popular way of education is enrolling in a public school. Both of these options possess

advantageous qualities within them. This is a difficult debate, and both sides have significant

merit to their arguments.

Home schooling as a popular way to educate began in the 1980s and grew rapidly. Since

1999, there has been a 75% increase in numbers of homeschoolers. (Public School vs. Home

School, What Are the Differences) Today there are over 2 million home schooled students.

(Public School vs. Homeschool, What Are the Differences) The at home school is now a

relatively popular way to educate children. Homeschoolers today are getting scholarships, and

becoming extremely successful in their educational fields. One home-schooled teen says, my

siblings and I have been home schooled all our lives, and I see the success they have all

experienced with their fields of study. Home schooling has proven to be a legitimate way to

gain an education.

Today in America, public schooling is the common choice for a childs education. Countless

public schools fill the states districts and are widely available. Public schooling assists students

with scholarship opportunities and has many useful resources. Public schools are a common and
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viable way to gain an education in todays America. With both of these options come advantages

and disadvantages in both. Home schooling and public schooling have their good and bad sides.

Home schooling is showing to be a wise way to educate ones children. Yet it has upsides and

downsides. On the upside, home schooling allows for a curriculum to be tailored to a students

needs. (Homeschooling Pros and Cons) The schedule of a home school student is not in any way

restricted as much as a school system. (Homeschooling Pros and Cons) One student expresses

being home schooled has allowed me to pursue dual credit classes even during my sophomore

year. This allows me to gain transferable college credits while still finishing high school. Often

in home schooling families there are closer family ties and relationships, along with the blessing

of educational liberty. (Homeschooling Pros and Cons) Home schooling has many qualities, yet

it does have issues. Home schooling ones children is time consuming for parents.

(Homeschooling Pros and Cons) This leads to one parent unable to work full time, which

restricts the family financially. (Homeschooling Pros and Cons) Although there are many sport

and extracurricular activities open to homeschoolers, the availability is much less than that of a

school system. As shown, home schooling is not perfect, but is a true option in a Childs


Like home schooling, public schooling has its ups and downs. Public schooling has a low

cost for families to educate. This is advantageous for families in any financial state. The high

availability of schools allows for choices within the zone of the household. Public schools offer

many academic opportunities to flourishing students. Helping them enter into acceptable

colleges. Extracurricular activities such as sports, band, and various other options are easily

accessible to public school students. With hired professional teaching, schools do their best to

offer learning at its best in public schools. (Chen, Grace.) However, the large and common
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system has its problems. The nations high school seniors have shown no improvement in reading

or math since 2009, showing that the public school system is in decline. (Lt. Gen. Clarence E.

McKnight Jr.) Many believe the public school system is too focused on testing instead of the

mastery of the subject. (Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.) A major issue is the lack of

educational liberty, there are set classes each student must take. This leads to students who may

be struggling in an area, getting left behind trying to catch up. There is no ability to mold classes

to students needs. Publicschools.org states, Under-funded schools may not have the materials or

they might have to cut some programs. Also there is the well-known issue of social issues and

bullying. Publicschools.org also testifies The student culture in public schools usually

discourages overachievers and A students. Clearly both schooling options have pros and cons to

them. Yet both are liked and chosen for various reasons.

Parents choose home schooling for a plethora of different reasons, yet the common reasons are as

follows. Home schooling obviously offers liberty in curriculum. Schooling in the house allows

for a moldable syllabus and teaching style to help the student learn. Home schooling also allows

for parental oversight and input in the childs education. Through home schooling, there are

many options regarding college, such as dual credit and early graduations. With home-schooled

students there is a larger focus on mastery of the subject instead of test grades. Lastly, home

schooling can be molded to families needs, whether it be traveling, sicknesses, or just preference.

These are the common attractive qualities of home schooling.

Public schooling too has its qualities. As previously stated, public schools are cost effective, and

full of resources and activities for students. Another reason public school is the choice of many

families would be the option of either parents or guardians able to work full time jobs, expanding

the income of families. It also allows for those that are unable to school their own children to be
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sure they gain a reasonable education. It is a safe way to be sure that children learn and have a

chance at a degree in their future.

Both public schooling and home schooling have great advantages and then they have their

issues. Home schooling is on a rise, yet it does not mean it is the best option for everyone. It is

wrong to say that one is better than the other. The compromise is that both are great options, and

families have the choice to choose. With these two educational choices, families have the liberty

of choosing the best option for themselves and their students.

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Works Cited
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www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/10-advantages-to-public-education. Accessed 11 Apr.


Homeschooling Pros and Cons. Public Schools, 14 Sept. 2015,

www.publicschools.org/homeschooling-pros-cons/. Accessed 11 Apr. 2017.

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. The Decline of Public Education. The Huffington Post,

TheHuffingtonPost.com, 15 May 2014, www.huffingtonpost.com/lt-gen-clarence-e-


/education_1_b_5326112.html. Accessed 11 Apr. 2017.

Pros and Cons of Public School Attendance. Public Schools, 14 Sept. 2015,

www.publicschools.org/pros-cons-public-school-attendance/. Accessed 11 Apr. 2017.

Public School vs. Homeschool, What Are the Differences? Public School vs. Homeschooling -

A Perspective, www.classicalconversations.com/public-school-vs-homeschooling.htm.

Accessed 11 Apr. 2017.