Around 4 million children are currently homeschooled in the United States. For dual-income families, homeschooling isn’t a realistic option. Many parents also feel that their kids benefit more from public school than they would being homeschooled. There’s a widespread belief that children who attend public school benefit from the social interaction more than homeschooled children. Studies show that this isn’t the case; in fact, these studies found that homeschoolers have superior socialization skills. Many homeschooled children actually play team sports in their community and have healthy social lives, further proving that they aren’t socially deprived. Homeschooled kids are in the 84th percentile for mature and well adjusted behaviors while public school kids are in the 23rd percentile. In the end, the decision should be considered on a case-to-case basis. Many parents don’t want to put their children at a disadvantage, feeling that a teacher within the local school system would better suite their child’s learning style and needs. Some children are homeschooled at a young age and then transfer into the public school system. The key factor in this decision is good parenting; do what’s right for your child. What are your thoughts on homeschooling vs. public school?
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