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Education Options

When it comes to children’s education, there are three basic routes which can be taken. These include public school, private school and/or home school.

Public School

In the United States, every child has the right to attend public school free of charge. Public schools are also required to provide special education for children with a handicap or disability.

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Public schools should be judged upon their individual merits. There are excellent public schools, and there are public schools which fall well below the national average. Textbooks should be reviewed by parents, and the school should provide a list of the school’s standard of learning when asked. The school should be forthcoming with how their students rank on state and national tests.

Parents should attend school meetings and become involved with the policies and procedures that are implemented in the school.

Private School

Private schooling is not free. The price of private schools can range from a few hundred dollars per month, to thousands of dollars per month.

Private schools should never be deemed “better” than other forms of schooling. Private schools should not be clumped together, and the assumption should never be made that all private schools are “good.” Each school should be investigated and screened thoroughly.

Many parents like private schools because they tend to be smaller than public schools and the child to teacher ratios is generally smaller in private schools. Some parents choose to send their children to private schools because the school is faith based.

Home Schooling

Home schooling is another option. Home schooling has risen in popularity and acceptance over the last two decades, and it is becoming a fairly common education choice of many. Some form of home schooling is legal in every state. Prior to home schooling, parents will have to research the laws of the state in which they reside to ensure they are legally lined up to home school.

Parents decide to home school their children for a myriad of reasons. Many choose to home school for faith or religious reasons, others choose to home school because they have a child with special needs, while still others home school as an attempt to cater to their child’s individual learning styles and give the child a “leg up” on the learning ladder.

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