A Homeschool vs Public School Choice

The debate over a homeschool vs public school choice continues with families choosing one or the other for various reasons. Many people ask these types of questions when deciding to teach their children at home or not:

  • Is it legal? 
  • What about socialization? 
  • Where will I get the books? 
  • Will my child be able to attend college?  
  • Will my child enjoy being schooled at home?
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Is Home Schooling Legal?

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization that works to support the freedom to home educate, it is absolutely legal to choose a homeschool vs public school option for your child in every state, even through high school!

Read more on this site or search the web concerning the services that HSLDA provides such as legal counsel, support, resources, and representation, if needed, to their member families.  

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Will Your Children Enjoy a Homeschool vs Public School Choice?

I have taught all my children at home, most from pre-k through high school. So, I asked one of them to tell me in her own words, what she thought about the topic of attending homeschool vs. public school.

Here is what she had to say…

The potential discussion points on homeschool vs public school are varied and endless. Researchers have crunched the numbers, probed the science, and presented their results. I can only comment on what my personal experience was. 

So, who am I? My name is Julie. I was home schooled from preschool through twelfth grade. I graduated high school at sixteen years of age, after which I attended two years of community college, then completed my Bachelor of Arts at a four year university, and after taking a gap year went on to earn my Masters of Fine Arts at Hollins University, always graduating with highest honors. 

Homeschool versus public school worked best for me for multiple reasons. I am creatively inclined and knew from a young age that I loved books, reading, and writing; and that I would pursue those interests in higher education. My teacher, aka Mom, was able to tailor my home school curriculum to my goals, so when I applied to university and graduate school, I had the edge I needed for my chosen programs. 

The home is already a training ground for your child – children practice their motor skills, work on their table manners, and exercise their conversation all in the home. Parents are their children’s first teachers, and can be one of their best teachers, because of their intimate knowledge of their “students" as well as having unlimited access to them.

I loved history, science, English – anything that I could sit down with a book to understand. My mom quickly realized that I would need greater scaffolding for learning math, not because I suddenly became less intelligent when presented with Algebra, but because I was simply less interested. 

Three home schooled sisters wearing matching shirts and enjoying their time at the library.Sister love!!!

When debating homeschool vs public school, parents must consider the academic, social, and emotional needs of their children. Academically, I think I have already demonstrated how it was the best choice for me. But children and young adults are not raised in a vacuum.

When I was out and about in society, people were always surprised to learn I had been home schooled. “But you’re not weird!” they would say (they would also have no examples of home schoolers they knew that were weird). So many people have this belief in their head that home schoolers are awkward, socially inept, near-hermits, unable  to hold a conversation or interact with “normal" children. 

It has become a global world, and now more than ever, people need to be able to communicate and interact with the world. But in home schooling, the home is just where the education begins.

I, along with many of my siblings, was out in the city for music lessons at a local music school, gymnastics or figure skating practice at large recreational centers, and various field days, picnics, and tutorials hosted by a home schooling support group. 

There was never a lack of social activities that got us out of the house. In fact, there was a plethora of options, such that each of us could find something that was fun, safe, and induced personal growth in the individual. 

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I am twenty-seven years old. I graduated high school over a decade ago, and I am happily managing a large equine boarding facility and pursuing my creative writing on the side. And I am a normal home school story.

I am not the smartest, most driven or most successful home school graduate I know. Not by a long shot. I do not judge my parents' effectiveness by my excellent grades or the glowing reports of my professors in higher education. 

I believe the best stamp of approval I can give to home schooling – the best thank you and affirmation I can give to my parents for their effort – is this: I plan to homeschool my own children. I would like them to have the support, safety, and success I attribute to being raised, educated, and socialized within the framework of the home. I cannot see a better stamp of approval than that.

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  • Homeschool Tips Blog

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  • Home School Legal Defense Association - Is It Still Necessary?

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