We are living in unprecedented times – over one billion students around the world have been affected by their nation’s response to the pandemic. This response often meant school closures and distance learning. These circumstances open parents’ eyes to the possibilities of alternative forms of schooling. It may be that COVID-19 helped usher in a new era of education. After all, some studies claim that online learning provides 25-60% more retention than a traditional classroom. Whether you’re considering a home, private, or public school, know the facts first. Check out the guide below.
Keeping It Public (and Free)
Many parents would agree that one of the main benefits of public school is the cost – it’s practically free. Federal and state taxes cover the cost of education for American citizens, a privilege that many other countries don’t have.
Right now, public schools are still the best, on average, at attracting and retaining talent. They keep their teachers longer than private schools and they have more teachers with master’s degrees.
The unfortunate side of public school is that political demands require teachers to focus more and more on standardization, even if they don’t want to.
Considering a Private School
One of the biggest hindrances to enrolling in a private school is the cost, but there are so many other important factors.
One of the best benefits of private schools is that they often have smaller class sizes. The smaller teacher-to-student ratio means the instructor has more time to individualize attention for your child.
Another reason parents are gravitating to the private sphere is to seek out alternative curricula that better align with their personal values or their child’s needs. The best private school is the one that meets your child’s needs.
The Home School Route
Homeschooling is still a relatively uncommon choice in the United States, with only 3% of school-aged children being homeschooled between 2011 and 2012. Although it’s not exactly common, it’s becoming increasingly popular as time goes on.
Especially during the pandemic, when some parents are realizing their ability to homeschool. The biggest obstacle to accomplishing this is the parent’s ability to stay home and teach all day.
Another obstacle is the requirements of each state. Some states require parents to file their intent to homeschool. Others may make parents take attendance or even administer standardized tests – these regulations must be strictly followed.
Once the state legalities are understood, parents are free to homeschool the way they see fit. It is a lot of work to homeschool, certainly a full-time job in itself, but there are plenty of homeschool communities in every region of the States.
Home, Private, or Public School
Whether it’s a home, private, or public school, each has its own positives and negatives. The choice depends on what’s more important for your family.
Does your child need more individualized support? Does an alternative curriculum work better? In that case, home school or private school is the way to go.
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