Having worked as a Special Education teacher, tutor, and youth mental health professional, I am intimately aware of the downsides of public school. Honestly, it is one of the reasons I homeschool. I personally have seen to many children in middle school that do not have a firm grasp of arithmetic. I think homeschool has innumerable benefits. It also has its downsides. It feels like I am with my children ALL of the time. Everyone does not want to homeschool, some cannot homeschool, and some should not homeschool. So if both homeschool and public school have their pros and cons, which one is better?
Homeschooling is better, hands down. But before you come after me with pitchforks, let me explain what I mean by homeschooling. Homeschooling is creating an environment at home that is conducive to learning. It is providing your students with the tools needed to find answers. It is engaging your child's interests, struggles, and strengths. It is ensuring that your child is learning and growing in a way that fits your family values and supports their success.
Homeschooling should be a goal regardless of the learning environment you choose for student. You can homeschool a child in public school, private school, online, at home, in the car, or traveling around the world. The most important ingredients are an involved parent or caregiver, a focus on education, and active guidance to encourage academic growth.
If you are interested in practical tips for being a homeschooling parent, regardless of learning environment, you can download a printable pdf below.
Shay Malone is a developmental education specialist. A certified teacher (emotional and learning disabilities and middle school mathematics) with a background in psychology, she has worked with children and families for over 15 years in many different capacities. She believes that emotional growth is just as important as academic achievement. Shay is an advocate for homeschooling, exceptional learners and quality education.