School vs Homeschool: Which Student Does Better?

School vs Homeschool: Which Student Does Better?

September 2, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


What to do? You don’t have the cash to send your child
to private school, where most kids seem to do very well in terms of academic performance,
and benefit from the sometimes-lucrative relationships made there. Then again, the local public school in your
neighborhood doesn’t feel up to snuff; the class sizes are too big, and it doesn’t
have a great reputation. So, who’s to say your child won’t benefit
from your own knowledge, that you secretly consider to be superior to the average teacher’s. But you worry: not giving your child the opportunity
to socialize with other kids might take away an important part of growing up? Is homeschool worth it? That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode
of the Infographics Show, Traditional School vs Homeschool. First of all, let’s take a look at some
statistics. According to the National Home Education Research
Institute, and indeed any source you look at on the subject, homeschooling – at least
in the USA – is becoming more and more popular. In the USA alone, there were 2.3 million home-educated
students in 2015, which was up from 2 million in 2010. NHERI tells us the increase over the last
several years has been anywhere from 2 to 8 percent per year. This increase isn’t just happening in the
U.S., but also in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Russia,
and Kenya. Indeed, we checked out a Kenyan newspaper
article on the benefits of homeschooling. It was very positive about taking this educational
route. One professor in Kenya was quoted as saying,
“Home-schooling focuses on learning and mastering concepts, not scoring good grades.” One mother who was homeschooling her kid said
that the system, “limits ability and potential because it is geared towards passing exams.” Many homeschool advocates will insist that
traditional schooling doesn’t always roundly educate, but rather teaches
students only to do well on tests. Are we teaching kids to become cogs in machines? To be good workers, but lacking in curiosity
and critical acumen? This is a far cry from how famed American
philosopher John Dewey saw the best kind of education, which he believed was not just
remembering things, but reflecting on them. He once said, “Give the pupils something
to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking;
learning naturally results.” In the UK, it’s well-known that there is
a teacher hiring crisis. Teachers are leaving in droves, and according
to The Guardian in 2017, around half of teachers are thinking about leaving. This is mostly due to an intense workload
based on constant tracking of students, never-ending tests, and all the extra work that is not
really about what happens in the classroom, but centered around passing exams. Teachers themselves are said to be suffering
from fatigue and mental illness, while it was widely reported in 2018 that UK students
were suffering from anxiety and depression due to recent exams. So, with all that workload and anxiety, are
traditionally schooled students any more educated than homeschooled students? We looked at SAT results for kids in 2014. Take a look at the following numbers: Critical Reading Score Traditional School:
492 Homeschool: 535 Mathematics Score Traditional School: 501
Homeschool: 580 Writing Score Traditional School: 478 Homeschool:
542 Home schooled students scored better in all
3 categories. NHERI tells us, “The home-educated typically
score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement
tests.” It added, “A 2015 study found Black homeschool
students to be scoring 23 to 42 percentile points above Black public-school students.” Often, homeschooled students are in the 80th
percentile, while public school kids are in the 50th percentile. Just about any resource you read will cite
statistics telling you homeschooled kids do very well. You’ll hear things like: “Stanford University
accepted 26% of the 35 homeschoolers who applied–nearly double its overall acceptance rate.” Such quotes of course aren’t representative;
with such a small testing group, there is a high standard deviation which means it isn’t
reliable, but it is, however, interesting. Why are they doing so well? The main reason is, all the attention is on
one child, or at most, a few children. But the parent can focus on that child’s
weaknesses. If the parent knows what he/she is doing,
the kid will more easily get through difficulties they face. Education becomes made to order. There are no class clowns and exterior attractions
getting in the way of study. The child can spend every day totally focused
on the subjects at hand. Parents can also inculcate, and ensure the
importance of self-study, reading books, and being curious. It’s not as if the child has many escape
routes or can proffer those ‘dog ate my homework’ excuses. Another thing other than creating your own
course based on your child’s needs is knowing how best your child learns. There are lots of pedagogical approaches and
we all respond differently to them. A teacher in high school has one approach
for the entire class, which of course is not his or her fault. But that approach might not work for your
kid. There are other benefits, too. Taxpayers in the U.S. pay around $12,000 per
year for every pupil that goes through public school (though the cost differs dramatically
per state). You save the people money by home-schooling. The average cost of homeschooling is said
to be somewhere between $500-$2000 for books and materials. And if you were thinking about private school
– the costs can be oppressive – think of all the money you could save! What else do the people say that promote homeschooling? They tell us the parent-child bond will grow
stronger. On top of that, some schools are not full
of little angels,as we know. At home, it’s unlikely your child will be
skipping classes to smoke weed behind the basketball courts. It’s unlikely they’ll face bullying or
get into fights, within the confines of their own home. They won’t experience racism or prejudice;
they won’t have to undergo the stresses of being popular, all those childish hierarchies
that can be a minefield for young folks. They likely won’t get a bullet in the back
delivered from a quiet kid whose hobby was cutting the wings off trapped birds. They won’t spend a year depressed because
they got dumped by a girl in chemistry class, and they certainly won’t be sneaking to
the bathroom to see if their pregnancy test is positive. Well, they could still get pregnant of course,
but perhaps it’s less likely if they are not surrounded by the opposite sex day after
day in school. The questions is: Is keeping your child away
from these apparent dangers in itself a possible danger to the development of said child? After all, the workplace, the rat race, the
dating game, they can all be minefields, too. Does a child need school in order to learn
how to navigate tricky social and workplace situations? It is the loss of social interaction where
most people say homeschool finds its negative. Not to mention, your child might resent the
hell out of you for taking him or her away from their friends, from pulling them from
the football team, the after school photography group, high school prom, and perhaps even
a first kiss? Will the parent-child bond grow and flourish,
or will being next to each other all day foment some feelings of animosity? Have you ever tried being with someone non-stop? Arguments often happen, only because of the
lack of space. We might also ask if the parent is cut out
to be a teacher. One not only requires knowledge, but also
patience. If there is a lack of patience, unlike at
school, where the teacher is gone when the bell rings, the child is stuck with the target
of their ire. Then again, if you’re a super cool parent
and you’re fit for the job, you might realize when things are getting tough and just say
‘school is over for the day; go out and enjoy yourself!’ Not something that happens in a traditional
school setting. Home schooling offers flexibility. There is of course the negative of homeschooling
costing money in other ways. You must have a fair bit of cash to do it,
as it means one parent can no longer work outside the home. You’ll need some relative comfort to take
this on. If you have that, then you also have to be
the kind of parent who fully understands subjects such as physics, chemistry, calculus, the
industrial revolution, and at the same time be able to decipher some great works of literature
or know how to write a compelling short story. Not all math gurus are creatives, and vice
versa. Can you even teach your kid to swing a baseball
bat? Do you even have time to visit a field and
help your child work out? Do you understand the rules of football and
tennis? can you teach chess strategies, or do you know how search engine optimization
works? Your kids might not study some of these things,
but during the socialization process in school, much can learned from other kids. Basically, you must be damn talented if you
want to homeschool kids, especially when they get older. But the statistics don’t lie, and homeschooled
kids do tend to do better than traditionally schooled kids. So, what do you think? Is homeschool a better way to educate children? Or are homeschooled kids destined to be socially
awkward freaks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Private School vs Public School – which is better?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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