Shocking Differences Between Homeschool vs Public School

When comparing homeschool vs public school, parents often wonder if one is really better than the other. 

While there are many great public-schooled students who graduate well-educated and go on to lead productive lives, there are many students who never reach their academic potential.

Sadly, many public schooled children have to deal with an unnecessary amount of peer pressure or a negative learning environment, making it hard for them to concentrate on getting an education.

As a parent, you also will lose some of your parental control over your child.

Less Parental Control - A Lot Less!

When enrolling your child in a government-run school, you need to realize that you will no longer have complete control over your child; in a sense, you are giving up your parental rights to the educational system. What your child learns and when, are dictated by the school, even if you disagree or think the issue is inappropriate.

For example, on June 10, 2010, a school district in Massachusetts made a policy that all students, even those in elementary school be allowed to receive free condoms without the knowledge of their parents.

Check out this video from CNN... 

Another Shocking Story

If the above story doesn't enrage you, how about the one from May, 2010 about the Seattle Public High School who helped a fifteen year old girl get an abortion without informing her parents. 

Homeschool vs Public School

I know that the above stories are the extremes of public education, but you will find that many situations will happen that are completely out of your control, while your kids are at school. 

Our oldest went to public high school for one year in ninth grade. One day, she told me that her history teacher planned to show the movie, Forrest Gump, in class the following day. Having seen the movie, I wrote a note to her teacher requesting that my daughter to be excused from class during the movie. Instead, my daughter came home from school that day having watched the movie. Her teacher wouldn't excuse her from class, and told her that he would fast-forward any inappropriate scenes.

As a homeschooling parent, you will not be left in the dark as to what your children are learning, or doing while at school.

You will not have other people making decisions concerning your children behind your back. If your child makes an unwise choice or a mistake, you can deal with it together, as a family.

When you homeschool, your child will not be given condoms at five years old, without your permission. Your kids can be kids for as long as you like.

You can decide when to teach your child about certain topics or deal with sensitive issues when they are ready, not when someone else says they are ready.

When you choose homeschool vs public school, you will have the freedom and flexibility to teach your children on their own developmental time clock – the way it is supposed to be. 

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