Home Schooling Vs. Public Schools

Can home schoolers and the public school system comfortabally co-exist? Yes and here's how. Three basic, yet vital steps are discussed here.

Homeschoolers and the public school system can (and do in many communities) comfortably and successfully co-exist. And in the best case scenarios, these two entities actually become benefactors of each others time and talents. As homeschoolers, having the respect of a local educational community is an essential factor in this co-existing equation and is readily achieved by following three very basic, yet vital, steps.

First, as homeschooling parents, make a point of meeting and talking with the local public school principal. Explain to him or her why your family has chosen homeschooling and discuss any long range educational goals which may eventually include entering your child into the public school arena. This would also be a good time to inquire about other homeshoolers in the area, their relationship with the school system, their successes with re-entry, and their possible participation in public school activities such as band, chorus, art, lyceum programs and physical education. The conversation will also give the principal an overall view of your genuine commitment to homeschooling and the education of your child.

Secondly, make friends with the school librarian. He or she can be one of your child's greatest allies in learning resources! A librarian who is happy to teach a homeschooling student how to use the school library is generally also willing to keep the family informed of new book titles that become available for a particular area of study as well as any upcoming book fairs, clubs, and so forth. This special relationship also provides your child with regular access into the school building itself, thus allowing him or her not to seem isolated from the school, but instead befriended by it.



Thirdly, participate in an active, visible homeschooling group. If there isn't one, consider forming one. The obvious reason for homeschoolers to get together with other families who are homeschooling is to provide support and camaraderie for both the children and the parents, but a secondary and no less valuable reason is the public image the group will no doubt choose to put forth. Providing the public with the opportunity to see a group of conscientious mothers, raising respectful children who are active in community events, charitable causes and educational endeavors, speaks volumes.

As the number of homeschoolers throughout the

United States continues to grow, the public school system is being forced to consider the opinions and needs of homeschooling families. But how much nicer it is to meet out of respect rather than force, to find a common ground rather than a source of contention and to build a sense of unity in education through mutual understanding. Tested and retested, the steps presented here offer tried and true techniques that will assist homeschoolers and the public school system in achieving a successful working relationship in which all those involved benefit. And that's education at it's finest!

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