Compare and Contrast

Homeschooling is defined as, instruction in an educational program outside of established schools, especially in the home. Whereas public schooling is supported by public funds and provides free education for students, focusing on guiding the morals, attitudes, knowledge and decision making pertaining to our culture. It can be inferred that home and public schooling serve the same goal, to educate our generation, but through more analysis, their differences out shine their similarities.

On one hand, being placed into a public school puts very high stress on the students, caused by everything from the environment to the stereotypes; as opposed to homeschooling, where the environment is less stressful due to the familiarity. The environment of public schools has constant demands from other students towards one individual. Students more often find themselves trying to be the “cool kid” rather than focusing on their studies. Homeschooled children are not pressured to be part of any click that public schools are tormented with. In the public school atmosphere, it’s more difficult to approach the teacher about issues than it would be for a student to approach their parent. Going beyond all the environmental dampers, the students are both getting prepared for the future.

In the public school classroom, the teacher has to accommodate all students; they can’t focus on specific needs of one individual. In the home, a parent understands and knows what their child needs or at what pace they learn. Because of these different perspectives, some kids will excel more quickly, while others suffer because they didn’t receive the hands on approach. Teachers In the public schools are not complete idiots, they do understand students, but they can’t stray away from the other thirty-odd kids in the room. Students are bound by the group lesson plans, where home school each student gets a curriculum tailored to their individual needs. When the child in the home receives more attention, it demonstrates the parent reaching the child on a personal level, something a public school teacher can’t always accomplish.

With that in mind, in a growing diverse society, public schools provide the social building blocks to cultivate our generation. These “building blocks” are very difficult to obtain in the homeschooled atmosphere because the student is deprived of social interaction. A life of deprivation from the vast cultures of today’s society could distort the students’ outlook on reality. Clicks and stereotypes are prevalent in our cohort, especially in today’s public schools. Like stated earlier, kids desire to fit in. In the home, the students do not feel this desire because they have no need to fit in with their surroundings. Students strive to reach this sometimes unobtainable status that they stray away from what really matters—their education! Thus, allowing homeschoolers to surpass the others in academic standing because they are oblivious to the high demand for popularity.

From the analysis of homeschooling and public schooling, it’s evident that the dissimilarities overpower the resemblances of the two. While it’s easy to pick out the differences, the underlying goal is still ubiquitous –to educate the individual by any means necessary. Declared in “TeenScene Magazine,” homeschooling is growing at a rate of eleven percent each year. This percent rate shows that homeschooling is doing better than public schooling.

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