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Should children be homeschooled?
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Private schools meet certain parents' needs for their child

If homeschool is chosen because of the social situation and teachers, private school introduces an alternative.

The Argument

Private school can be the right choice for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allows children to physically attend school. This can be a major deal breaker for those wanting to homeschool. Secondly, the class size is typically smaller. One study found that “private high schools on average are less than half the size of public schools. In central cities, for example, the average size of a private high school is 398, compared to 1,083 for a public school.”[1] This can improve the quality of education, as each teacher has more time with their students. Finally, private schools can be selected based upon a family's beliefs and values. There are art schools, STEM schools, Catholic schools. There is a huge variety for any family. Those thinking about the homeschool route may find themselves more interested in the option of private learning.

Counter arguments

Private school can be expensive. In many locations, it can cost almost as much as a college tuition. Homeschooling is much cheaper, and many families financially cannot afford private school even if it is the right option for them.



[P1] Private school allows homeschool benefits with public location access. [P2] Private school is a good in-between method.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Private school is not an option for many families.


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