Debate:Which has the best philosophy of education: the public school system, private schools, or the home school movement?

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The Home School movement, definitely.

The home school movement provides parents the responsibility and wonderful opportunity to educate and enrich their children's minds. I go to classes where we study Logic, Latin, and read college books. I have been home schooled for four years and I went to a private school for five years. Home schooling has provided me with enormous amounts of extra-curricular and social activities, as well as academic privileges. Home schoolers do have a social life, contrary to what the liberals will have you believe. Actually, home-schoolers are more eloquent and insightful in their writing and speech. I am in a home school speech and debate club and I see home schoolers who are speaking with the clarity of . me to any speech and debate tournaments and you will see for yourself. I encourage you to home school your child for it will be one of the best things you can ever do for your child.

Too bad not everyone can afford the time.-AmesGyo! 19:57, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Strictly from personal experience, a homeschool environment is fertile ground for brainwashing, and usually of the conservative religious bent as well. Public school, for all its flaws, at least exposes students to a far more diverse environment than the other options.

--Hektor 00:26, 14 April 2007 (EDT)

Public School

Public school is necessary for those who can't afford private school and don't have the time for home school.-AmesGyo! 19:57, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

The establishment of public school systems (in the 18th and 19th centuries?) brought about mass literacy as never before seen by humans. Although private schools are a nice option for the rich, and homeschooling for those who have the time and access to resources, the backbone of western civilization as we know it - at its best, even - is the right to a good education implied in tax-supported free schools for everyone. Human 03:00, 25 April 2007 (EDT)


The fundamental problem with claiming that home schooling and/or private schooling are superior to public schools is that both of them rely on the existence of public schools to ensure that superiority.

Why do many private schools post superior academic results to comparable public schools? Because, of course, they have the option of expelling students who refuse to work...or not accepting such students in the first place.

Now, the problem is this: what is to be done with the children who don't meet the standards of the private school, or who lack parents who have the time/financial stability/inclination to home school? Simply leaving those children to their own devices strikes me as an extraordinarily bad plan; I can't imagine a surer way to ensure a substantial population of criminals.

Public schools have their faults, to be certain--but I have yet to see a proposal for a truly workable system that doesn't include them.

The Freedom to Choose!

To be able to choose which philosophy will teach your children. Which one is the best is a subjective endeavor depending on the individual. There is no absolutes between private, public, or home-schools. But to be able to choose which is the best at any given time is the only good philosophy for a society to give its citizens.--Roopilots6 18:36, 12 June 2007 (EDT)

Clearly if one chooses public schools, one relinquishes their children to the bias and whim of the district school board, whom themselves serve the agenda of the State and Federal Departments of Education. I agree this still constitutes choice, but I disagree with the notion that atheistic dogmatism constitutes any philosophy in the proper sense. JeffC 19:45, 16 April 2009 (EDT)

Bias is inherent in all walks of life. Homeschooling causes the child to serve the whims of their parents, children in private and public schools may learn based on their teachers' opinions. It is impossible to escape bias. Therefore I believe a range of choices will cater to people of all beliefs and truths. EmiaW19:45, 31 July 2009 (EDT)

All three

It does not matter how children are educated, as long as they are educated properly to live in the modern world. --LincolnShuddered

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