Should your child be home schooled or attend public school? There have been several arguments which highlight the benefits of receiving a home schooled education, yet there are also detractors who criticize the methodology of such an education. Many see home schooling as supporting social ineptitude among its participators. Some see public school as a more accurate system of fostering productive citizens. Even so there seems to be a disproportionately large amount of evidence that shows the benefits of home schooling.
One positive aspect of home schooling that is brought up is the test score gap between home schooled youth and their public schooled peers. Numerous studies have shown that public schooled students are outperformed by home schooled. Recent studies suggest that home schooled kids score up to fifty eight points higher on their SAT than those schooled in public or private schools. When the so called "advantages" of a public or privately school environment are taken into account, this is a very disproportionate number.
Another advantage of home schooling mentioned by its proponents is the familiarity a home schooled student is allowed to retain. It has been argued that students who attend public schools are much more likely to wander away from value system instilled in them by their parents and become much more receptive to the influence of their peers who may not have their best interest in mind.
Though these are obvious and convincing arguments as to the superiority of home schooling, there are also possible cons to this style of education. A lack of public school resources for example is one possible problem a home schooled student would possess. A home schooled student could possibly miss out on various activities enjoyed by public schooled students such as sports and music, and thus missing out on valuable and important social interaction and learning opportunities that could aid them in the future. One way that home schooling parents have found to counteract this is starting a home schooling community where several home schooling parents share in the duties of educating their children, combining resources and tool necessary to provide an adequate educational experience. Still many detractors of home schooling continue to insist that socialization skills are hampered by the practice. Some believe that home schooling leaves children socially inept. It is suggested, and perhaps rightfully so that social interaction with differing peers is vital in allowing a child to fully develop their social skills. This view on home schooling, while believable is not foolproof. There have been various studies done that show home schooled students who are provided with the proper outlets in life are not any more socially inept than their public schooled counterparts.
Studies such as these coupled with the home school initiates ability to outperform his public schooled fellows seems to point in the direction that most or at least some students may benefit from a home schooled education as opposed to a public schooled one. Even so much more insight and research should be invested into this possibility before coming to any definitive conclusions. All parents obviously aren't going to suddenly pull their kids out of public schools and place them in a home schooled environment any time soon, and rightfully so. It would be extremely premature to act suddenly on such a sensitive subject as this, even so one cannot dispute the staggering advantage home schooled kids seem to acquire. As many things in life this topic, for the time being, may be situational and a parent should examine themselves and their children from a logical and thought out point of view before deciding whether or not home schooling is right for them.