Every type of education has its own strengths and limits.
There are several different factors to consider when deciding what type of education would be best for your child. Although there is no direct, general answer. Every parent must make their own decisions depending on what they believe is best for their child.
In this article, I will be outlining the most details every parent should consider before deciding on the best educational route for their child.
According to Psychology Today, there are several key differences between each type of education.
- Tax paid education
- Percent of certified teachers
- Standardized curriculum and mandated resting
- A larger budget for instructional resources and equipment
- Special support programs and services
- Social/economic diversity and size of the student body
- Privately purchased
- Curricular innovation
- Intolerance of misbehavior
- Directed toward college preparation
- The option of same-sex campuses
- Social safety
- Individual attention
- Individualized instruction
- Parental knowledge of responsibility for academic work
- Smaller class size
- Freedom from peer distraction
Assuming you can afford to have a choice, you should make your decision based on what educational route falls more in line with what you want your child to learn and at what age. An example of this is sex education. (Of course, sex education encompasses more than just sex. Complete sex education covers the bodily changes during puberty, understanding STD’s and UTI’s., feminine health and, of course, sex.) A public school tends to cover the bare minimum of sex education. A private school’s planned curriculum may or may not include sex education. Homeschooling, of course, depends on what you teach them and the resources you provide for them.
Another point to consider is the geographic location of the school. Public school students are generally assigned to schools close to where they live. Private school students make friends with other children all over the city. However, that can pose a problem if you’d prefer your child to make friends with kids in the same neighborhood. Homeschooling is, of course, at home. Thus, it’ll be harder for your child to make friends. If you choose to homeschool your child, it’s suggested that you sign them up for extra-curricular activities held by the community (such as a city soccer team or a book club).
In addition, both public and private school students are at risk of being exposed to drug use. But this is mostly dependent on the child’s individual character and integrity.
It is important to keep in mind that every child is different, and learns in different ways. What might work for someone else’s child might not work for yours. Keep in mind how your child likes to learn and what their hobbies are.
Public schools are always a viable option, but as they become more and more test-focused, it becomes harder for students to focus on their hobbies and grow their characters. However, they’ll be able to make friends much more easily.
Private schools, if you can afford it, are good options if you want your child to be prepared for more than just testing. Many private school curriculums include mandated budgeting and other home skill classes (such as cooking).
Homeschooling is the least popular option, but it’s the educational route that offers the most opportunities. Children are not given more schoolwork than what they can handle and are able to put more focus on their own hobbies. Homeschooling also offers the most protection and the safest environment, because, well, they’re home! But your child will grow up—and you can’t protect them forever.
Each type of schooling provides its own strengths and weaknesses. Each child learns differently, so choose carefully what you believe is best for them depending on the curriculum. Happy learning!