People who live in the United States have one of the greatest opportunities there are in life, this opportunity is education. Not only do Americans have the opportunity to obtain an education but they are also given a number of choices in the way they wish to receive this education. People in America have the choice whether they want to go to Public School, Private School, Charter School, Christian School, Magnet School, or even be homeschooled. We have had many blog posts offering comparisons of these different options. Today, I would like to take just a moment to compare the advantages of Public Schools versus private schools and homeschools.
A few advantages of Public School vs. Private School:
- Transportation is often included for no additional cost.
- No tuition costs.
- Choice of Public, Magnet, or Charter School.
- Strict teacher certification rules.
- Special programs and funding for disabilities and more.
A few advantages of Public School vs. Homeschool:
- Have a large range of socioeconomic and different backgrounds.
- Have students with a range of abilities and talents.
- Number of children in classroom.
- Funding for equipment and activities.
- Funding at high school levels allows for sports, arts, and technical programs.
- Offer a wide variety of social clubs, activities, and sports.
Every person, every family, and every situation is different. What works for one person may not work for another. These articles are provided so you can make an informed decision on what may work best for your family and your situation. The important thing is that we continue to educate our children and ourselves.
There are many things parents can do to prepare their children for school. Whether you decide to send your children to a public school, private school, charter school, magnet school, or to homeschool them if you take the time to teach them some basics they are more likely to succeed throughout their school years. By teaching your preschooler basic reading, writing, and math skills your child will be better equipped to start school without being overwhelmed.
There are many fun-filled ways of teaching preschool age children. In fact, it is the easiest time in their life to learn. You can even teach them things without them feeling like they are being taught. By reading to them every day, playing guessing games, card games, counting games, etc…You can make almost anything you do during the day into an educational experience.
There are a few homeschool preschool curriculum’s available to help, if you are struggling with ideas. Keep in mind most states do not have any educational requirements that include preschool, therefore homeschool preschool does not have to be documented and will count as credit towards their educational graduation requirements. That is not to say they will not be rewarded, the education in and of itself will be a huge reward. You may also wish to reward them for their accomplishments as it will help them gain a sense of self esteem and accomplishment.
When thinking about your childs education have you ever considered a charter school? Or are you even aware of what a charter school is? What is the difference between public schools, magnet schools, and charter schools? In our recent post we talked about magnet schools. Now I would just like to point out a few benefits of charter schools.
- All students have opportunities for quality education
- Parents and students are offered another choice for public education
- Teachers and administrators are given room to be creative in helping students learn
- Charter schools have to be accountable for their performance
- Teachers are allowed to try innovative teaching methods
- Involvement by parents and the community in education are encouraged
- Smaller school and class size, providing lower student/teacher ratios
- Teachers choose to work at charter schools so they are committed to the school’s mission
Click here to learn more about charter schools.
You read about magnet schools in the news all the time. But, do you know what a magnet school is? How they work? And the debate on both sides of why we should or should not have magnet schools? Until recently I didn’t think it affected me one way or the other. My children have attended both public schools and magnet schools yet I never considered how one may effect the other.
If you have never considered what a magnet school is, how they are funded, how the students are chosen, or how it may or may not concern you, perhaps you should read our recently posted article on educationbug.org.