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Education remains one of the single most important aspects of life. It is directly related to the possibilities of how many opportunities the student will encounter. We all want what is best for our children and ourselves, so investigating educational options may lead us to a conclusion we can live with.
Can exploring the following offer a clearer picture of what is best for the educational experience?
Home Schooling: Keeping your child at home and teaching them yourself. Public Schooling: Using whatever school district you are in and paying taxes to.
Private Schooling: Paying to go to a non-public school.
Let us see if this exploration can help us make this decision….
You are to take on the guardian role of an 8th grader. You just moved to a new community, and you have two months left of the summer to find out all you can about your new schooling options. Write down your answers/thoughts or further questions as you read through what you will be trying to decide on.
What are some of the questions you might conjure up when you consider home, public, or private schools?
What have your experiences been when you were in school?
-Would you change them?
-What might have made it better?
What do you consider to be a good education? Make a list.
Before embarking on this Webquest, see if you can discern what Plato means in this quote and which method of schooling do you think he would suggest?
"You must train the children to their studies in a playful manner, and without any air of constraint, with the further object of discerning more readily the natural bent of their respective characters" (Plato).
You will be working alone in this project, so make these decisions personal.Research home, private, and public schooling information. Tally what you think is the most important aspects of education if you were: Home, Public, and Private Schooling your 8th grader.
Grades: Do good grades equal a smart student? How important are they?
Test Scores: Are test scores important to you? What should good test scores show? What do good grades but low test scores indicate; or vise-versa?
Social Aspects: Is there a place for social learning in school? How important is this to you?
Costs: What can you afford? Is there a price tag on a good education?
Cultural Education: How important is it that your child be exposed to different ethnicities, races, cultures? What might they get from these experiences?
If you found grades to be important in public and private schooling, but not in home schooling, color higher up the scale in the two categories you found it important.
Repeat this process in all five categories for home, public, and private schooling.
"It depends more on the kid," he said. "If he or she is strong-minded and reasonably studious, they will do as well in public schools as in private."(Oak Bay News, May 11, 2005)
Would you agree with this?