For the future of your child, many parents limit their choices for public or private schooling. Very often the huge dollar wins the debt. However, parents are increasingly choosing their child home at home.
Undoubtedly, the public school system raises problems. Many high school teachers tell us that their most important role is mediating behavior management and not any value. Your child is subjected to harassment and personality collision with teachers, their peers and a number of unwanted effects. More recently, there has been further fear of violence, especially after a series of school shootings.
It seems that Australia has run out of the worst trends of violence so far, but that does not mean that public school education is the best environment for your child. Many state schools are underperforming and poorly prepared to meet the needs of today's fast-paced, rapidly-changing society.
A home school provides flexibility and freedom to provide students with choices that are not necessarily available in a more structured system. They are safe from the harassment of others in the school community and give less attention to the issues being studied.
Most people have positive and negative memories of high school experience. Experience from these memories depends on individual strengths, social skills and abilities (or lack thereof). People's self-esteem can be strongly influenced by both methods, the overwhelming voice of high school experiences.
In a loving and supportive environment for school children, the issue of self-esteem is far less critical than in a high school environment.
However, home education is not indispensable. If parents are not qualified teachers, what kind of guarantee does the child receive for better education? It is true that not all trained teachers are good teachers, but in the Australian school system, you can always make sure your child is trained by a trained specialist.
Then there is the much disputed socialization aspect of the home school. It was argued that secondary education is primarily and above all a social interaction forum. The transfer of knowledge to the students is a remote second in this philosophy. This focus on contemporary interaction seems to have a serious disadvantage for a home-schooled child. However, there are home school networks that help organize excursions and opportunities for many home students to interact. This would minimize the lack of daily socialization with non-family peers and adults.
Another important problem in home school education is family finance. Many families are struggling to meet the needs of daily life. Families with two parents often can not afford an income while the other parent is a child. For single-parent families, the pressure is even greater. The Australian Government does not provide funding for home schooling and really underlines the parents of parents who are taking home schooling, the parents of school-aged children to re-enter the labor market.
Finally, the decision whether or not to take home school depends on individual circumstances. Parents prepare those who have taken the time to be fully informed about the subject and be ready to face the challenges they face in their choices.