Many parents visit the arguments of homeschooling vs. public schools. Some people view homeschool with a stigma attached. They believe these students act strange and socially awkward in “real life” situations. This article compares and contrasts three main areas of education and development at home and in public schools: standardized tests, college entrance exam scores, and socialization.
Standardized tests comparing homeschooling vs. public schools put homeschool number 1. Each subject and grade level show homeschooled children with median scores between 70 and 80 percent. Private schooled children sit between 60 and 70 percent in the same categories. This happens whether the parent has a teaching certificate or simply uses a full service curriculum program.
Homeschooled students also test at a higher grade level compared to their public and private school counterparts. First through fourth grade homeschoolers test one year ahead of public school first and fourth graders. By the time they reach eighth grade, however, homeschooled students test four years ahead of the public and private school students, according to an article on FamilyEducation.com called, “Homeschooling vs. Public School.”
One argument public school proponents frequently talk about is socialization. Homeschooled students simply don’t get as much social interactions as public school students. Some people think this negatively affects their ability to work in group situations. While this might be true in some cases, it certainly doesn’t always happen. In fact, homeschooled students participate in an average of 5 social activities on a regular basis. These include jobs, clubs, and community sports clubs.
Some homeschooled parents believe public school children focus too much on competition and materialism than respect and learning quality. Obviously there are two sides to every coin and parents must decide if their child needs more social interactions at school or if he or she can thrive in a more spuratic social environment.
College Entrance Exams
Homeschooled students sit in the 65th percentile of all students who take the ACT college entrance exam. On average, they score almost 2 points ahead of the national average of 21.0. The average ACT score for a homeschooled student was 22.8 in 2008. Better college entrance exam scores puts these students in a more desirable college admission situation.
While many people think traditional institutions win when comparing homeschooling vs. public schools, this article shows that thinking isn’t necessarily true. Based on research and testing statistics, public school students simply perform worse on average.
Family Education.com, “Homeschooling vs. Public School“, accessed October 25, 2010.
CBN News, “Socialization: Homeschooling vs. Schools“, accessed October 25, 2010.
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