Homeschooling Vs. The Classroom: The Pros and Cons of Where Kids Learn

Whether it’s because of a failing public school system or personal beliefs, more and more families are turning to the option of pulling their kids out of school and teaching them on their own at home. According the U.S. Department of Education, there were around 1.5 million homeschooled students in America in 2007, compared to 1999 when it was about 850,000. That’s a 76 % jump in just eight years! 

But home schooling is more than teaching your kids their ABC’s and arithmetic at the kitchen table. It’s a complicated issue packed with myths and misconceptions on both sides. What are the benefits of home schooling vs. traditional school enrollment? What are the disadvantages? How do home schooling parents counteract the loss of social interaction with peers? Is it enough? And which kids are better suited for the challenges of college: Those who attend a brick and mortar school or the ones who get a home-based education? 

Join us on Thursday, September 19th at 4PM EDT/ 1PM PDT for an online round table discussion as we tackle these questions, concerns, and more. If you'd like to send your own questions to our panelists before the roundtable, tweet us at @dailylounge with the hashtag #HomeSchoolVsClassroom.

Brad Currie is the Middle School Vice Principal and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is passionate about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), Educational Technology and Social Media in the school setting. Brad is also  the co-founder and co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders called #Satchat. The online discussion takes place every Saturday morning on Twitter at 7:30 AM EST/PST.

Cathy Duffy has researched and written about curricula for home education for more than 25 years. Her latest book, 101 Top Picks for Homeschooling Curriculum, is available in print and digital formats. Cathy also publishes a free, weekly e-newsletter to help her readers stay abreast of her latest reviews. Cathy home educated her own three sons through high school and has also taught numerous groups of both children and adults. Her extensive research and experience has made Cathy a popular speaker at home education conferences around the world.

[Top pic via Flickr - Chris Yarzab]


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