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  • no, children learn things at public school they could never learn at home there are no social skills I would never home school kids I think it's so much worse they are not going to know how to handle certain situations in life without learning on their own through experience
  • No, I think children need other children. That is where they learn out to interact with other kids, share, and make friends. As they grow, they learn interpersonal skills, which molds them into adults.
  • Depends on the parents doing the homeschoolig. It can be a wonderful experience and children can learn; but most parents arent equipped and don;t have the discipline necessary. In most cases I would send the little ones to school.
  • No I do not. I think children benefit from the interaction with other children and with other adults. They learn lots of important things from these interactions that will come in handy in the future when they must cope with the social pressures of work. They will need tools for maintaining good judgment. School is where you gain those alongside book learning.
  • No. Definitely not. Kids can be taught whatever their parents think or believe and that is far, far more likely to be inaccurate than a school curriculum - even for well educated parents. Important social skills are learned too in a school full of kids. It can be harsher than cossetted at home in the bosom of your family - but necessary!
  • depends on the parents or guardians. i wasn't home schooled, but sometimes i think if i were, i would have learned a hell of a lot more from my well education, amazing parents.
  • No I really don't - They need to be around other children
  • When parents do the job right, it can be much better. When a schoolmaster called Thomas Edison "addled," his furious mother took him out of the school and proceeded to teach him at home. Thomas Edison said many years later, "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had some one to live for, some one I must not disappoint."
  • I've been homeschooled before; it was better for me, I think, even if it meant less interaction with other kids my age. I mean, if you're the quiet, shy type, uncomfortable with people all around you--I don't know. At home you can feel real close to whoever it is teaching you, but at school, everything becomes so distant and suddenly you start evaluating yourself based on others' standards, maybe unconsciously. I wish I could go back to homeschooling.
  • None is better than the other; they each have their specific use for different situations.
  • I was in public school from the time I was in kindergarden till the end of 10th grade. Now I go to a charter school where I do some classes at school and some classes at home. Its really cool because its like a happy medium between public school and homeschool.
  • Yes and no... Homeschooling would allow a child to get 1 on 1 learning time, which coiuld definitely help the learning process. BUT Children need ot be around other children to learn social skills.
  • Yes, because you can tailor an education to fit your child's needs. Regular schools, especially the public schools, simply don't have the resources for it. "School" isn't necessary for social skills, there are other places kids can get that (sports, hobby groups, the neighbor kidsm etc.)
  • My daughter has been homeschooled since she was in the 2nd grade. Several of her friends have as well. She will graduate this year. She was/is ADHD and not doing well at all in school, but I did not want her to be medicated unless it was a LAST resort. Her teachers just did not have the time to spend on her that she needed. I made sure that she had social activities (church, friends, karate)and she has turned out to be a very well adjusted teenager. I do not have the problems with her that I see some of my friends having with their teens. She has always interacted well with others..with adults as well as kids her own age. I know that home schooling has gotten some bad press..but it was the best thing for my daughter. I have never had to medicate her.
  • I think it has it's good points, but sometimes parents home school thier children because they are extremely religious and don't want thier children to have any "dangerous" ideas from public school. Frankly, that scares me.
  • Academically it can be wonderful if the available schools are weak or unsafe and if the parents are knowledgeable and if there's good curriculum material available either on paper or online. But the kids won't get the needed interaction with other kids. Their socialization is going to be slowed.
  • I've seen and know better balanced and well-rounded children that were homeschooled than public schooled. The idea that children need other children is a bit overstated. Children do great getting to know people of ALL ages. Then they know how to be with all tyes of peope, feel comfortable with all ages, gain social confidence and not so wrapped up in dangerous peer pressure. Homeschooled children seem more mature earlier to me. They can handle alls sorts of situations better. They also usually aren't so into image and superficial things.
  • No because then the kids don't have any social life at all, and technechaly, the parents are ruining their kids lives. one of the most important skills you need as an adult is social skills.
  • Public, at least where I am. I don't know about the US... I'd imagine it's all pretty poor there.
  • For purposes of socialization...public schools...but if you want more control over what your child learns and how they learn it....home school.
  • From a strictly educational stand point, home schooling is better 9/10 times. As it was said above, when it comes to socialization... well there's none at all. So you have to learn to balance school and going out to meet people/socialize just like you would at a public shcool but you don't have to worry about the social life interfereing with the acidemic life. So personally, I do beleive that home school is far better if it's done right. I am just getting ready to finish high school a year early and I've been home schooled since seventh grade, on top of that I have a rich social life.
  • That's really up to you. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer. My wife and I homeschool our kids and we've been very pleased with the results. Both of my kids are happy, relaxed, well-adjusted, and work at or above grade level in every subject. On the other hand, not everyone is able to homeschool. Not everyone should homeschool. What do you think would be best for you?
  • It depends on the school system where you live. It depends on you and it depends on your child. There are too many variables to answer one way or the other.
  • It really depends on the child.
  • Public. Home schooling the parents have to be as disciplined otherwise it does not work. My daughter is 21 and did public. She is now in second year UNi. My friends son was home schooled, due to lack of discipline it took longer he is 24 and starting college now,
  • Public...... For kids need to be around other kids. The main thing is that they are around the right kids. Really tho they both home & public would be OK. That way the parent knows how the child's learning skills are. And can help in the levels that they may be lack in. Like me with this spelling or should I say typing with only one or two fingers & thumb.................M.C.S.
  • me and my brother & sisters were home school to the 9th grade i went to public school and hated it because the other Students would do there school work, & just joke a round most of the time.so my Jr and Senior back to home schooling and i'm going to Graduate a year ahead of every one else.I love being home school,very fun and i learn a lot more people that i no that go to public school.
  • The children that I have known that were homeschooled always were better students than those from public education and they also had good self-motivation to do the work. They got great grades and some went on and were excellent in college. Plus they didn't get into the trouble that many kids do in school
  • It depends on the family, but in general, yes.
  • That depends entirely on how good the public school in your area is, and whether you are capable of giving your kids a good education. There is nothing worse than a parent who thinks they'll do something good by homeschooling, but really simply isn't able to educate their children. That said, if you can do it well, it's pretty much better no matter how great the local schools are. You can customize and personalize the education and provide individual attention in a way no teacher can in a classroom setting.
  • We totally agree with Martin. If, as a parent, you are totally committed, homeschooling cannot be beat! For more information on the topic visit: http://www.homeschool-rewards.com/homeschooling-vs-public-schools.html
  • That would depend largely upon the ability of the individual teaching. There are exceptional educators in the public school system. There are exceptional educators in many homes as well. However, once you get into a government mandated education; controlled by the government, an element of indoctrination automatically comes into play. Indoctrination vs Education. Personally,I prefer the latter.
  • Home schooling is better if the parents are really interested in teaching. Unfortently some parents keep there kids home for other reasons with no intentions of teaching them anything. I know of a 8 year old boy that is in need of special education that the school told the parents to teach him at home, mainly because he was so disruptive in class. I checked into this and found that in Michigan there is no testing , follow-up or anything in place to see that the child is being taught at home or if the child is even alive for that matter. The child welfare branch of social services can't even get involved in child neglect cases that involve the schools.
  • Yes I believe that homeschooling is better than public schools. The education provided in homeschooling can be tailored to the learning style of the child. This HUGE if your child learns differently than the schools teach. Most people are concerned about homeschool children not being around other children but in general that is no true. Homeschoolers go to parks and play with other childen (like Recess would be for other childen). Homeschoolers have friends that they interact with an play with. Again - lots of social contact.
  • Yes! But I think the "homeschooling" should begin from the moment of birth, and concentrated on from then until the beginning of formal schooling, which should then be strongly supplemented at home. Unfortunately, that seems largely no longer the case. Gotta get that kid in daycare so we can work and make the money t'buy that flatscreen TV! [Admittedly, that's simplistic...meant to get a point across.] Not surprisingly, above written by a 71-year old...from the "Old School"! Footnote: I'll give your question a +5 even those I see that it is old...and you haven't visited us here at AB in over four months.
  • i think that homeschooling can be good. its not horrible. everyone is using social skills as an excuse but its not like you cant take your child out they do not have to stay in the house after they learn you can even take them out to the park or museum and teach them there.
  • Neither homeschooling nor public schooling is better. It depends on what result you want. A homeschool education will definitely be different than a public one. Some kids will do much better in a home environment. Other kids do very well in a public school.
  • i did it for a year and i hated it

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