There’s a trend in the American education systems that’s gained strength. It’s a highly debatable topic, and rightly so. Social issues, peer pressures, educational foundations, and structure are some of the issues to consider when looking at the home school versus public school educational setting.
From one extreme, the public school system might be perceived as a haven where children are exposed to violence, drugs, and falling into the guises of peer pressure to follow illicit tendencies associated with gangs and gang warfare. Yes, the topic of gang is a very real issue, a sub-culture that’s been on a murderous rampage for decades. Gang associations begin, for many, in the elementary school setting. The question, of course, is whether or not gang violence is an issue in your neighborhood school system, or is it segregated to specific demographics?
On the flip side of the coin, there is the rightful argument that home schooling is disadvantageous to an individual. Schools can be the place where children learn about structural settings beyond the family unit. Many children, unfortunately, don’t get the love and structural building blocks at home, either. But that is a whole other issue. The public school system has evolved over the centuries and is firmly ground in structure. This is a place where children not only learn but, more importantly, they learn the vitality of social interaction. Social behaviors are developed from a youthful age and the public school setting can be a wonderful place for children to interact, learn about rewards systems generated through positive and negative actions. Without this social climate, many argue that the individual is lost when it comes time find a job, interact, socialize, and strive to succeed and share in the fruits of life.
Supporter and proponents of home schooling make a sound argument as well. Pro home schoolers range from the liberal-minded all the way to the right -wing conservative families driven by religion. Although the actual learning in a home school doesn’t seem to have much intellectual leverage over the public school foundation, there is evidence that shows that parents and care givers can aid in helping their children achieve a level of education similar to other schools.
Home schooling was legalized in the United States in 1993. Many states have a minimum qualification for parents as well as providing government support that can provide some tools and curriculum-based learning techniques that can be used in the home setting.
Here again, a public school setting is very structured and set up around specific time tables. These time tables are synonymous with setting a foundation for children who, one day, will work an 8 hour workday, 40 hours per week. In the home, this same setting is difficult to meet. Home schooled children, by and large, lose out on the structure of preparing for each new day, having to meet bussing scheduling, getting homework completed, preparing for exams with peers, and learning to interact with both the positive and negative behaviors that make the human race…human. So, when considering this topic for your children, make sure you weigh all the options before making a rash decision. Not only is your child’s future at stake, but so is our nation’s future.