Home Schooling vs Public Schooling

I want to share some of the many benefits of home schooling vs public schooling that I have experienced with my family. There may be others and I would love to hear about them from you. 

These examples of home schooling vs public schooling benefits are not in any particular order, but are listed as they came to mind.

Note: I am NOT a public school basher. I only want to share what the researchers have found or I have observed from my children and others.

Home Schooling vs Public School Benefits

Home school supplies laid out on a table.
  • Access to online education and other learning opportunities - your children can have access and exposure to current online educational programs
  • Savings - you can more easily determine how much YOU want to spend on each child when you have the responsibility of purchasing the resources. Also, you are not required to buy additional items like the many things listed on typical school supply lists sent home by teachers or coaches
  • Curriculum - you can teach your child using resources that YOU choose which may more closely reflect your values ​​and standards. You can also choose to teach your child at a grade (or two) higher than what their chronological age dictates
  • Dissatisfaction with schools - home schooling vs public schooling can be an alternative if you are unhappy with your child's school administration, teacher, curriculum or location. Occasionally, after numerous negative encounters at the school, parents opt to bring their child home to teach them instead
  • True socialization - home school is an environment where children, toddlers, parents, grandparents or extended family members regularly interact with each other rather than the age segregation found in traditional schools
  • Fewer discipline problems - at home there will likely be fewer discipline issues between children like you would find in a school classroom, gym or lunchroom situation
homeschooling benefits
homeschooling benefits

Home Schooling vs Public Schooling Research

  • Greater amount of time spent on-task - homeschoolers can be more attentive to their smaller group(s) and have more concentrated time to spend on lessons. There is less time spent on “handing out papers” and “giving out textbooks” to students
  • Higher aptitude testing abilities reported - according to Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI.org), “Students score, on average, at the 84th to 89th percentile on all subtests, which is 34 to 39 percentile points above the public school average. ”
  • Individualized instruction - parents have a smaller class size and give more personalized attention to their children on a consistent basis
  • Less peer involvement and pressure - homeschool students are exposed to fewer children and have less daily involvement with those of their own age group. Consequently, there are less incidents of bullying and peer pressure because the parents can quickly get involved between siblings 
  • Moral instruction - parents can easily determine what morals and values ​​they want to emphasize for their children rather than having that decision made by others

homeschooling benefits
  • Travel - there is no travel to and from school or waiting in the school pickup lines when your children are schooled at home
  • Non-traditional approach to learning can be used - at times you as the parent decide that a non-traditional method of teaching could benefit your child rather than the cookie-cutter methods that have been offered to an entire class of students
  • Parent involvement with kids - what a joy to be able to spend each day interacting with your child and being there when he or she "gets it" with a subject that they had previously been a struggle for them
  • Racism - NHERI also cites an attempt to avoid racism as a deciding factor for some African American families who choose to teach their children at home
  • Religious instruction - if you have a strict adherence to certain religious practices, then home schooling vs public schooling may be easier to satisfy the requirements for fasting, praying or separation from opposite sexes, for example
  • Safety - theoretically your child is safer from incidences of gun violence or other types of assault when at home with the family
  • Scheduling of academics & family time - if families have or need flexibility because of a parent's work schedule or a child's involvement in activities such as competitive sports or pageantry, then home schooling easily allows for that                                                                   
  • Social success - like adults, some children do not do well in large groups so the design of a typical classroom setting can be challenging for them, yet they manage to thrive at home with the comfort and security of their family
  • Student-driven learning experiences - parents can allow and support a child's desire and interest to study different or additional subjects not offered in a traditional school setting that must adhere to an inflexible, prescribed course of study

As I stated above, I am NOT a public school basher. I only want to share what the researchers have found or I have observed from my children and others.