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Home-schooling vs. Public/Private School Education

According to home-schooling statistics, home-school students outperform their peers on standardised tests regardless of whether-or-not their parents are certified teachers or hold university degrees. These results are consistent with private schools, where many teachers are not certified, yet still able to teach effectively. Most teacher training focuses on teaching classroom management techniques and is not subject specific. Home-school children have ample opportunities to work independently and gain self-study skills that can be extremely important in university. Academic instruction in a home environment is more efficient and effective than that which occurs in public/private school classrooms. Home-schoolers have the freedom to choose materials and teaching techniques that maximize their children's opportunity for success.



ACCADEMIC ADVANTAGES OF HOME-SCHOOLING VS. PUBLIC EDUCATION

Home-schooling allows for more one-on-one academic instruction.

The student/teacher ratio in public school classrooms can sometimes be as high as 50+ to 1. Instruction often caters to students who are average, and students who are gifted or have special needs may fall through the cracks.

Home schools are parent- directed.

Home-schooling allows parents - not teachers, principals, administrators and school boards - to choose what and how their children are taught. Parents can make decisions according to what's best for their children, without thought toward the conflicting agendas, financial pressures and professional concerns that schoolteachers and administrators must consider.

Home education is tailored to a student's learning style.

Children can be auditory learners, visual learners, hands-on learners, or any combination of the three. Home-schooled students progress at their own pace. Because instruction takes place in a one-on-one environment, home-schoolers can spend as long as they need to on a particular concept or topic and move on as soon as they have mastered the material. This ability to slow down or move forward as necessary helps students avoid the boredom and undue pressure that come from following arbitrary timelines and striving to meet outside standard.

Home-schooling encourages discovery and love of learning.

Home-schooling provides children with more freedom and time to pursue their interests. Children develop as a result of their desire to learn new information, not as a result of external motivators like grades and class ranking.

Home-school students are taught in a diverse, cooperative environment.

Unlike public school classrooms, where children are segregated by age and are often in classes with those who share their race and socioeconomic status, children who are home-schooled learn in a multi-age, real world environment. Instead of competing with peers for grades and attention from instructors, children learn to work to their full potential, while encouraging siblings to reach their full potential, as well.

Home is a safe environment.

Home-schoolers learn in an atmosphere that is free from the teasing, taunting and bullying that can leave children with lifelong scars. Children who are home-schooled have time to mature emotionally, physically and academically without having to worry about facing ridicule and negative peer pressure from friends.

Home schools provide consistency and security.

Instead of changing teachers, classrooms, and sometimes schools from year to year, home -schoolers remain in a familiar, comfortable environment. Because they don't have to adjust to new classes and instructors, children can focus their attention on the main thing - learning.

Home-school provide an atmosphere of freedom and flexibility.

Because home-schooling is more efficient than public schooling, children have more time to pursue their interests and hobbies. Parents also have the flexibility to choose curriculum and teaching methods that fit their children’s learning.