Every parent wants the best for their children, right? This includes a great education that will provide a foundation for their success. Sometimes deciding on what constitutes a great education can be a difficult part of the process. So what’snit going to be, Homeschool or Public School?

On one hand, you can send your kids to public school – at least you’ll know that they will receive a “standardized” education. Or you can homeschool… and customize the curriculum to your family standards.

There is something to be said for going with the public schools. First of all, it is easier than spending the time necessary to develop your own school system. You won’t have the time-consuming task of deciding what should be taught to your child, not to mention what the best way to teach it to them is.

If your children attend public schools you can rest assured that they will be occupied for a set number of hours per week too. They will interact with various people from different walks of life. Public school ensures that your children are receiving the same information that everyone else in the neighborhood is. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on the way you view things.

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Making the choice to homeschool over publicly educating your child is a big decision. In 2018, the debate on whether homeschooling is a better option often has become a very passionate debate and all ultimately depends on your personal situation. In this article, Homeschool vs Public School, we try to address many of the differences to help give you a better understanding of the two educational systems.

There are numerous Pros and Cons of Homeschooling just as there are to the public education system.  Homeschooling has proven to be a successful alternative to the public system; however, it is not for everyone.

Before moving forward, parents need to evaluate their personal situation. Is there a family member willing to commit the time necessary for this type of education?  If so, can the family handle the potential loss of income which may be necessary if a parent chooses to remain home?  With a good learning environment, the rewards can be amazing.

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As you’ll understand, choosing to home educate is a life-changing decision, not only for the child but also for the entire family. It takes a lot of time, sacrifice, and patience. So when the question arises about Homeschooling My Child – Where Do I Begin?

It is strongly recommended that a potential home educating family does their research on the pros and cons of Homeschooling. By the time you’ve completed your research, please pay close attention to the following steps that come with “Homeschooling Your Child.”

STEP 1Know the Laws and Requirements

  • Educating your child from home is allowed in all 50 states. However, the laws vary from state to state. Current requirements will be listed on your state’s Department of Education website.
  • Knowing these laws will allow you to start educating your child legally and confidently from the beginning.

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Homeschooling could be the most feasible option for parents who want to educate their children but cannot afford the expenses in a typical school.

With homeschooling, parents can still have the best education for their children without having to resort to expensive everyday expenditures of sending children to school.

However, one should bear in mind that homeschooling is not for everybody, and not all homeschool curriculums are appropriate for everyone.

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Gender Roles and Homeschooling

Is homeschooling sexist? Kind of a weird question and maybe it wasn’t one of the first that popped up in your mind, but when we talk about homeschooling controversy, this is one of the topics that people are talking about.

By homeschooling are we showing our children specific gender roles that will shape them in their future lives as employers, spouses, and parents? When I was growing up, my mother always told me that I could do and be anything I wanted. I wonder if she ever had in mind that this would be giving up my career aspirations and homeschooling my children.

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Homeschool education has been in existence since ancient times. In ancient Greece, for instance, education was mostly by tutorial and other concentrated methods. Over time, the change in approach and techniques of educating at home has evolved to what we see as homeschooling today. At present, there is a marked increase in the number of students getting a homeschool education instead of going to traditional schools.

There are a number of reasons why parents may prefer giving their children a homeschool education. There are some parents who opt to get their children a homeschool education because there are some schools that do not have religion incorporated into the curriculum. Others also think it to be a more effective way for their children to learn.

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The concept of entering your teen into a homeschool high school program can be daunting and tough to some. But many homeschool advocates stress that a homeschool high school program for your teen can be a lot easier and more advantageous than you think.

Teens under a homeschool high school program can be just as able to put their focus on tasks at hand.

This explains why it is common for home-schooled teens to finish their studies in two years or less, which is the equivalent of four years of study in a traditional high school.

Many parents choose BestGEDClasses video lessons to prepare their teens for their exams if they want them to go on an alternative path toward their secondary education degree. The website offers high-quality video lessons and practice tests.

It’s neatly organized and free. Also, homeschool high school students using BestGEDClasses are less likely to experience distractions, thus learning is maximized and made more efficient.

This program is also greatly advantageous for teens who cannot attend regular classes due to health reasons.

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The Home School Foundation (HSF) offers grants to groups and families to support their homeschooling efforts. This post will help you to find if and how HSF can help you. The Home School Foundation has several funds for homeschooling grants:

– The Widows Fund
– The Kids Curriculum Fund
– The Children of Single Parents Fund
– The Special Needs Children Fund
– The Military Fund
– The Emergency Response Fund
– The Global Homeschooling Fund, formerly named the International Fund

HSF’s Financial Support Programs:

– HSLDA Membership
– Patrick Henry College Freshman

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Schools see breakout success-‘Multiplex’ approach gives students second chance

You know you’re not in your typical high school when the rough-and-tumble minutes between classes are pierced by a double line of sweet-faced second-graders filing quietly past. The high school kids, many of them former dropouts, stop and let them through.

It’s another Monday morning at the Julia Richman Education Complex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The little ones just happen to go to school down the hall. Two floors up, there’s Manhattan International High School, which enrolls recent immigrants. At Talent Unlimited High School, in an annex, singers are warming up.

Richman is one of a new breed of small, specialized schools-within-schools, called multiplex schools by some, that are turning heads nationwide. They offer a second chance to students who couldn’t make it in huge, impersonal high schools. In the process, they’re helping a few cities make a dent in soaring dropout rates.

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A previous posting about voucher schemes as part of the right wing’s larger War on Public Education solicited this highly enlightening comment from Daniel Newby:

I promoted tax credits, and even vouchers, for many years, until I realized the damage they would do to the private institutions we are attempting to empower.

There are better ways to speed the inevitable collapse of the government school system.

Actually, I found Daniel’s comment to be refreshingly honest. After all, most pro-voucher types couch their arguments with feel-good terms like freedom of choice and claim that vouchers will actually improve public schools; few will come out and admit that the ultimate goal is to destroy public education as we know it and replace it with government-funded religious education and corporate-run schools (yet another example of the religious fanatic/corporate alliance).

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