Choosing An Education For Your Child – Home School Vs Private

Most parents simply send their children to a state school and never really think about the alternatives; after all, that’s the done thing. But more and more families are starting to consider other options and are taking ownership of their children’s education.

Image Credit: A Home School Class Room

There are many options when it comes to education and what is right for one family isn’t necessarily right for another, so let’s have a look at 2 options which are gaining popularity:

What Is Home Schooling?

Home schooling is certainly not a new thing. In fact, several noteworthy people throughout American history have been home schooled (including Abe Lincoln for instance). But it is becoming much more common…

The Advantages

One big advantage to home schooling is that you as the parent have much more control over what your children are taught and although you do have to follow a curriculum you have more flexibility. Exactly how much flexibility you have depends a lot on where you live.

Home schooling is a popular option for children with special educational needs because it allows you as a parent to give them the one on one attention that a regular school might not be able to provide. Not every school is equipped to teach children with special needs.

The Disadvantages

A big disadvantage of home schooling is that you have to dedicate yourself to being a teacher and will probably be unable to earn an income at the same time. For this reason, most home schooling families have one working parent and one stay at home parent.

Additionally, not everyone has the ability to teach and unless you happen to be a qualified teacher already you will have to spend a lot of time learning how to teach, how to plan lessons and what is involved in covering the required curriculum.

What About Private School?

Many families don’t even consider private school because it is expensive. But in reality there are many options that are more affordable. Some of the most famous private schools have fees that only the rich can afford, but there are plenty of schools with more realistic fees.

The Advantages

So why not just send them to a regular school? Well for one thing not all state schools are made equally. Some schools are excellent, but if you don’t happen to live near to a good one, a private school might be a good option.

At a private school classes are generally much smaller, which means that teachers can give each child much more of their attention. Private schools also vet their staff more strictly and only hire very experienced and skilled teachers.

The Disadvantages

Of course the obvious downside is the cost. Compared to state schools which are free, private schooling comes with a non-trivial cost. But compared to home schooling it might be quite affordable when you consider that you can continue working.

It really depends on what the costs are and what you can afford, but it is certainly worth looking into, particularly if you are unimpressed the quality of your local state schools.



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