The debate continues Christian school vs. public school vs. home school and which is better. Depending on who you ask, you will get a different and sometimes very passionate response. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s important to know your child and in which environment they will thrive.
Instills Christian values/beliefs More expensive, tuition based
Low student/teacher ratio Quality of education can vary due
High academic standards Real world problems still present
Safe environment May have limited opportunities
Participation is by choice Teachers may not be required to be state
Curriculum choices May be more expensive than public school
Flexible schedule Teachers unqualified to teach all
Teaches independence Social interaction can be challenging
One-on-one learning May face stricter college admission
Calm, safe learning environment
More curriculum opportunities School chooses curriculum
Set schedule High teacher-student ratio
Diverse, “real world” social setting Less independent learning
Learning in a group setting Peer pressure
Extra-curricular activities Individual learning styles irrelevant
Broad range of ideas/concepts Conformity is the norm
Christian or private schools are a good choice for parents who are looking for options other than public school. While Christian school can be expensive, they support the beliefs of parents, students can cultivate Christian friends and there is opportunity for more individualized learning. Private schools typically have high academic standards and accountability and they may or may not be religiously affiliated.
Statistics show, however, that most home schooled children are dominating. Today, over 2 million children are learning at home. Many parents cite that they are dissatisfied with the current public school system and that is why they choose to educate their children at home. Other reasons include: negative peer pressure is minimalized, individualized learning so students can work at their own pace, and many want their children to learn Christian principles and concepts.
Remember, no matter where you choose to have your children educated, good kids can result for all schooling situations. Homeschooling doesn’t guarantee your child will accept Christian values and be a light to world. Nor does sending them to public school mean your child will be worldly. Raising kids in today’s culture lacks guarantees and there is no formula for raising a perfect child.
There are things that public schools can do better; such as setting up science experiments, how to factor polynomials, and extra-curricular activities like track, band and choir. Not all home school communities are able to duplicate these activities and they require a commitment of time and money from parents or volunteers.
And…..let’s face it, not everyone is equipped to deal with “little junior.” For some parents it would be so stressful to teach at home that it would affect their parent/child/family relationships. Other families just don’t have a choice economically.
“The key to deciding which method to use in educating one’s own child is measuring the temperaments and skills of both the children and the parents, along with making the decision that the family believes brings honor to God.” (allaboutparenting.org) We need to love and pray for our children and live the Christian life as an example they want to emulate. That’s a valuable lesson no matter where they are formally educated.
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