It needs a long time usually for parents to decide homeschooling their children. Thinking about the difference between homeschooling and public schooling is very common in this case. Here are some points that we can compare them:
Although not all students have a chance to be in a public school usually has a well arranged classroom decorated with students' works, it is great if children can attend such kind of classroom. The back to school and some thematic decoration usually look great. Most of the time lessons are held in the classrooms with provided equipments and resources.
In homeschooling, basically the classroom is your world. The learning can be done anywhere with anyone and anything. Of course it depends on each family's availability and policy. Parents and children can customize their “classroom” whatever they like to and the classrooms can be adjusted based on their needs. It is very lucky when a homeschooling family can prepare special room for study time. Here is our post to prepare the classroom early this year:
The public schools usually have certified teachers based on their expertise. Most teachers work for the academic growth and development of the students. Character education is limited to the scope and authority of the teachers. There are some limit for the public school teachers to cater.
In homeschooling, parents and children have the control of the education process. Parents have the full authority for everything and they can involve children. When parents don't have certification of education, they can delegate it to others.
People say that at school kids can socialize with peers at the same age with them. They can make gangs, follow the trends, attend party, and have prompt nights. Are all the features useful for the children mental growth? What are our priorities in education? Are they safe? What about bullying? Choose between one: is your child going to be bullied or tobe the one who is bullying?
There are a lot of issues about socialization. Basically, in the real life most relationships are various in ages, aren't they? Thinking about safety, it is great to have various more sensible friends without loosing safety. Homeschooling is preparing kids to be ready with real world socialization. You might read some issues of socialization in posts below:
Public school has fix school time that parents usually love since it can ease them to do other work. I am not sure with other place, but schools here are usually started at 7AM and finished at 1PM for the 1st graders according to the government rule that give a certain amount of school time in a week. After school kids still have to study for the next day test and do their homework. That is a typical learning time for public school kids.
Homeschooling family has a very flexible time to learn. Even learning can happen in unlimited time. You might think that homeschooling parents won't be as free as the public school parents, but they can involve kids to do the home making work. Lucky for me to be able to work at home as a blogger while assisting and waiting kids learning. However, I do really need to juggle the time between homeschooling and blogging. Here are some posts about our homeschooling learning that often goes on flexibly and about how I juggle between homeschooling and blogging.
Kids who go to the public school usually have to wear uniforms to be able to appear in standard style. They look very similar physically. However, is there a real standard style in public school or does it just look like standard? Are all students treated fairly according to the standard?
Obviously, it is very rare that you can find any homeschooling family who have uniforms at home. Every family, once again, has its own standard and policy that cannot be blamed. Here is our post about daily homeschooling styles:
In the public school, there are usually more than 5 children in the class room that have different learning styles to deal with. Do you think a teacher would be able to meet all learning styles? Teachers works to the school and try the best they can, but I wonder if they can meet all of the students' need without love as parents. As a result, there are students that are left behind or those who get bored waiting for others finish.
Although a homeschooling family has multiple age children, parents usually know their children best and try hard to meet all of their needs to make sure each child get his or her portion.
I am not sure about other country's curriculum at school, but Indonesia, where I live in, has a 2013 standard curriculum. That curriculum looks good for the government and a lot of education experts. However, many public school students and teachers feel that this curriculum is a burden. One of the points is the addition of 7 learning hours at school for all public school students.
Well, basically all homeschooling family has to go on with the curriculum where you live, but we still can modify it as long as we meet the standard of learning and we don't contradict in the end.
People around me always say that going to the public school makes children discipline in the future. I haven't found the real proof for this statement. Discipline can be defined as time management, independency, appearance, etc.
I am not promoting homeschooling right now. Is the discipline a force or a will? I don't say that all homeschooled children have a self awareness about this, but more personal approach by parents will give more engagement for kids to be aware of being discipline in the right term
Environment and Pressures
Each public school has its own unique environment. What I notice from my youngest son's school (he goes to a private school) is whenever there is someone suffers of a sickness, other students will be infected very soon. Another environment concern is the fact that the students come from different background so that the culture and habits of different families turn up at school while children are still not ready yet. In addition, there are a lot of pressures at school that are called as a mental training by many people.
Do you think that homeschooled children are sterile? When they are young, it might happen. Parents try hard to prepare their children to be able to get ready for the physical and mental attack that will turn up more horribly in the future. Better preparation should have better result.
Parents Role and Responsibilities
Parents should be able to take a rest when children go to school. Some of the responsibilities are done by teachers at school. Parents just need to check what children have done if they want to.
I can't say that homeschooling parents have as many slots of personal time as the public schooling parents. I would like to confess that homeschooling is something that always makes me busy. However, I am very sure that this is just a temporary moment that I will miss when I pass this time. It is a once in a life time that parents take the full responsibility toward their children.
Do you have other points to compare?
Ther should be more things to compare between the public school and homeschool. If you have more interest about this topic, please check out More Blood, What does School Really Do to Your Kids. You will get a lot of answers in the book.