Calling all experts!
We need your help. First of all, if you came here because you thought this post was going to tell you how to decide between sending children to public schools or private schools or homeschooling, you are in the right place. But not because I’ve got all the answers, but because a lot of other smart people out there do, and I’m counting on them to share what they have learned.
So the place to find your answers concerning public, private or homeschooling will be in the comments below. There are so many great parents out there that have walked down the path before us, and we can learn from their experience… their successes, and yes, even their mistakes. So please weigh in below with your advice or questions on this important decision.
I’m a first time dad with a daughter who just turned 4-years-old, and I honestly don’t feel like I know enough about her education options to make the best decision for her. If you’re someone that’s made these decisions before, please help us out and share your advice via the comments below. Help us make the best choices for our kids. You’ll be helping a lot of people.
I do understand that there really are a lot of flavors in each of the categories (public, private, homeschooling, etc.) and perhaps that is part of what’s so confusing. What did you choose and why? Did you change from one type of schooling to another at some point, or did you do a mix of two? Were any of the following factors in your choice. Would you make a different one if you could.
What influenced your choice?
- Best academic results
- Least expensive option
- Socialization opportunities
- Safest physical environment
- Convenient for the parent(s)
- Chosen for religious reasons
- Has equipment (e.g. science labs)
- Pace/level is tailored to suit student
- Instructor subject knowledge in more areas
- Less risk of bullying or negative influences
- It was closest to home or only choice
- Prepares best for college/real world
- Or a hundred other reasons?
It’s probably unnecessary to say this, but please be respectful in responding to others comments below. People have strong feelings about this subject, and rightly so. Most of all, I want to thank you in advance for your advice. And if you’re someone like me who’s still trying to figure all of this out, please leave your questions for the experts in the comments, too.
Thank you so much for your help!