Regular School, Boarding School, or Home School?...

@aseretdd (13736)
Philippines
March 18, 2008 12:26am CST
I don't know any boarding school in my country... and home schooling is slowly becoming popular... during my school days... the only option was to attend a regular school... but right now... i am thinking about home schooling my daughter when she is old enough... If you are give the choice to do it all over again... how or where would you like to be educated?... in a boarding school, regular school, or simply be home schooled?...
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@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
18 Mar 08
I still go for regular school because it definitely gives one a chance to socialize with other people hehehe! :) It is the best because one get through life through interacting to other people. :)
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
A regular school is indeed the best way to learn how to socialize with others... especially if it is a school that caters to all religions and the poor or rich alike... this is very impossible in a boarding school or home school... thanks for the response...
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I don't really agree with home schooling unless maybe you have a special needs child. I think kids need socialization and an objective party to analyze your childs learning abilities and difficulties. We see our children with a biased view as we should but teachers are trained to teach children and a good teacher can really effect your whole life in a positive way. I really feel that a good regular (public or private) school is the best thing for most kids though not all. Most children in the US don't go to boarding school so I don't know much about that.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
Yes, we as parents tend to see only one side or a different aspect of our children but with trained teachers... the case is different... so the regular school is still the best... but in my country... i don't think i will be sending my daughter to a public school since the quality is very poor... so the option is only a regular private school... thanks for the response...
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@AmbiePam (49880)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Lately there have been a rise in home school activities. There are groups now that have baseball teams, dance classes, all different activities just for home schooled children. This way the social aspect is not completely taken away. They meet other kids who are in the situation as they are. I know a friend of my dad's actually sends his kids each summer to a camp that just takes home schooled kids. Personally, I think it would have been bad if I had been homeschooled. I was so shy that I needed to be in a school surrounded by people. I would have faded into the woodwork otherwise.
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• United States
19 Mar 08
I did a paper for school on this subject and I know about those activities but I still don't think it's a good idea. There are so many other things like graduation and dances, this kind of stuff is important to a kid. Also, what happens when they go to college...culture shock. I would think being that sheltered would lead to bigger problems in college. Of course there are people who have been successful with home school but I still think it can backfire more than help in most cases. I was like you..I needed to be around other people back then because I was so shy and now I'm one of the most outgoing people you would meet. I don't think that would have happened to me if I had been home schooled! :)
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@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
29 May 09
I also don't know any boarding schools in the Philippines. As for home schooling, I know that there are several parents considering this option but the recession is making things a little harder for everyone: first, both parents would prefer to work than to stay home to take care of the kid; however, tuition fees are sky rocketing so it might be a better option to home school their kids; however^2, books and educational materials that would equip a parent to home school a child are not widely available and some parents don't feel like they are equipped to actually teach a child that kinds of things he/she could learn in school from a teacher with an Education degree. If given the chance, I would rather have been home schooled. I have very intelligent parents and I saw how they tutored my younger brother. They did a good job at it and I believe that their hard work would have paid off better than what I got from the private school they sent me. What I don't like about huge private schools is that you don't get the attention you need and if you couldn't catch up on a lesson, then you're left to fend for yourself. However, I do think regular school for late high school or for college is important, especially the latter because it will help the child specialize his knowledge on something specific. Thanks for the response on my discussion!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
29 May 09
If i have all the time in the world... i think i will also opt to homeschool my daughter for a few years before enrolling her to a private school... i am was a teacher for like 9 years... so i have the necessary knowledge and skill to teach... but sad to say that i need to work in order for us to make ends meet... so i can only help her with her homework or other school stuff in the future... Thanks for the response...
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
29 May 09
Early schooling is often considered as the most important part of a child's education. Those first couple of years that you as a mother (with such skills!) will give your child the edge in learning. She'll have better grasp on the lessons that kids her age have shallow knowledge on because they did not get as much attention as you would give your child :) Good luck!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
29 May 09
Thank you for that...
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
4 Nov 08
i am definitely thinking of homeschooling my child. i think it is the best way that we can inculcate christian values to him. i am an expectant mother of our first child. i got bitten by the fact that what we teach our children about life is basically the process of discipleship and that we can always teach them knowledge learned in school at home. but what we can teach them at home, they can never learn at school. kids nowadays have very heavy loads. they spend long hours in school, aside from extra curricular activities. no wonder it is difficult for parents to monitor their molding. home school is different and i think we would like to try it. good day and God bless you!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
5 Nov 08
If only i am a stay at home mom... then i can definitely homeschool my daughter... but i have to work in order to make ends meet... and i think i will just choose a school that i think is best for my daughter... i still have like two years to do that... Thanks for the response...
@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
26 Oct 08
i think i'll go with regular schools, coz i want my kids to be learn how to socialize with others, especially my son, he's a very shy boy.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
27 Oct 08
If your son is really shy... then it would be best to enroll him in a regular school so that he can meet lots of friends who will stear him away from his shyness... my daughter is also a very shy kid... and i plan to enroll her in a regular school when she is old enough... Thanks for the response...
@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I went to a private all boys schoool when I grew up, I kind of liked it actually. The unifroms wern't that bad except that I looked the same as everyone else. I might try a diffrent school only to see that it would be like to go to school with boys and girls. I can't say that I would have ended up where I am now if I did though.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
There are very few exclusive schools in my country nowadays... school administrators see that mixing boys and girls is the best way to educate kids nowadays... and i think that is a smart move on their part... Thanks for the response... and thanks for reviving this discussion...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 08
Hello aseretdd, I studied in a boarding school. I had a mixed emotions about studying in boarding school. I attended regular school too, when I was seven. We don't have home schooling here. If we do have that option, I wish my son can be home schooled. But, one reason that stops me is that, he might not know how to socialize later. I don't think I will allow him to go to boarding school. I prefer him to attend regular school and mix around with other kids and make friends.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
You are the first one tho respond here that actually went to boarding school... how different is it from a regular school... i am also thinking of home schooling my daughter... but since she is extremely shy... i decided not to... so that she will be able to overcome her shyness... thanks for the response...
• Philippines
6 May 08
I would still prefer going to a regular school. My parents wanted me to be home-schooled but they were afraid that my social skills would be affected. And they wanted me to interact with other people so they enrolled me at a regular school. There's no boarding school here in our town. I'm glad I was not home-schooled because I would have missed the chance to meet some very cool and terrific people.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
6 May 08
I am glad to that you were able to appreciate the beauty of going to a regular school... although a lot of movies made going to boarding school seem like a very cool thing... nothing beats the experience we can get from a regular school... thanks for the response...
@dbhattji (2507)
• India
21 Mar 08
I have been educated in regular school and I find this the best, I would have been very lonely in a hostel.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Well, that is the biggest disadvantage of a boarding school... although one is living with other students... being with the family is certainly different... and more comforting... thanks for the response...
@youless (93108)
• Guangzhou, China
20 Mar 08
Here all the children are supposed to go to the regular schools. But the education fee is becoming higher and higher. And it's a big burden for some poor families. Although it is said that the 9 years education fee is free of charge but that's not true.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Private school fees are really becoming so expensive... gone are the days when all can afford it... so for those who cannot... the only option is the public schools... they charge only very little and usually only at the beginning of the school year... but i doubt about the quality of education that they are giving... thanks for the response...
@AmbiePam (49880)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I was sent to Christian schools growing up, and I would not have changed it for the world. The education offered was much higher than any of the surrounding public schools, so I always had a better education. Added to that, we were tought the Bible, and I never feared for my safety. It was always a safe place to be, and I never doubted why I was there. My parents thought they were doing the best for me, and truly they were. Even though we got a discount on the cost, my parents still sacrificed to make sure it happened. Home schooling is something to definitely be considered, but if I were to have been home schooled, my mom would definitely have needed to sign me up for home school groups. They have home school baseball teams even. Social activities are still important, so I'm glad home schoolers have banded together to make sure that still happens. It is especially important for home schooled children that are shy.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
I went to a Catholic school that was established to provide quality but affordable education to Catholics of the area... and my town is very lucky because of that school which is now a university... i am glad that the home school program is evolving to cater to all the needs of the children... maybe in a few years time... more and more organizations will be established and will eventually solidify the status of home schooling in society... thanks for the response...
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@KKKBsmom (1093)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Public School - What public school use to look like!
My children will and have always been regular schooled. I see so many kids that are home schooled that have no social ability!There is no way I could teach my kids, not because I am not smart enough... but because they do and have always listened better to others!I know the problems that go on in school districts, and I am right their involved in my kids education and what they are doing socially in school! I know who they are with and at least half of what they are doing, they come home and tell me the stuff that is going on in the schools. and we discuss it. If your kids are going to public school you still have to educate them!!! Just not on math, science, writing and english! LOL on what is right and wrong!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
A lot of kids are like that... they learn or try to learn more when others are teaching them... but i admire you for being very vigilant in terms of how the district is educating your kids... some parents would just let everything be... thanks for the response...
@SViswan (12071)
• India
18 Mar 08
All three that you mentioned are an option in India. But homeschooling is not an option known to many. I did think of homeschooling my older one for a bit...but then things in his regular school worked out for the better...and with the age gap of my kids, I do not think I can do full justice to homeschooling at the moment. Boarding school is out of the question (I don't want my kids to be away...as of now...and most kids I know are sent to boarding school when no one's around to discipline them...and sometimes when parents are out of the country and want the kids to get a better education than the country where they are at) If I had to do it all over again, I would still prefer the regular school. I don't think my parents are/were in a position to homeschool.....and from what I've heard the discipling in a boarding school is too strict and I wouldn't want that either (though it definitely taught me more about life than I knew as a kid).
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
My parent are also not capable or in the position to homeschool... and i agree that most boarding schools are very strict when it comes to discipline... and that is one reason why students there rebel... but then... i sometime think what my life could have been if i was educated in a boarding school... well maybe in my next life... thanks for the response...
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Fortunately, I could not have been home schooled because my parents had no education. Where we live now it was popular for a while to home school, but as college teachers we saw many home schooled "children" coming in without the necessary skill to succeed and that was disappointing. There were requirements the home schooling parents were supposed to meet, but many did not and there was no enforcement. Now, many officials are starting to realize that was a mistake and they are going to enforce the law again. Naturally, I would have preferred to have gone to a boarding school, had that been a possibility, as I'm sure most of them teach better academic skills. As bad as the public schools are, however, I think they give students a better view of reality than either home schooling or fancy private schools ever could, and there is something to be said for growing up "street smart" too. If I were a parent, I would want to home school my children, but if I were a child home schooling is the very last thing I would want. Such a hard situation!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
18 Mar 08
When i was young... a boarding school is like a faraway dream... which will never ever turn into reality... i wanted to attend one... but my parents would have to be extra extra rich to send me to another country for boarding school... and with the current educational system quality declining and kids today being wild and undisciplined... i so afraid to leave my child there... if i can only have my way... but that is impossible for now... thanks for the response...