I am bringing this topic up directly in reaction to Kwistalline's propagation of homeschooling. In other words, I'm a thirsting for an argument :twisted:. Plus I want to see if it is actually a good idea to implement it. A large part of it is parental relationships...so I put it in this forum. Benefits of homeschooling as I see it: -no pressure from peers or from teachers (includes bullies, druggies, forced conformity) -leniency of learning at one's own pace -your grades are private (they can be in school too) -initimate relationship with parents -one on one education (the same case with tutoring) -dangers of outside world are gone, break-ins are the only one (includes psychological relief for parent) -overall more freedom Benefits of formal schooling: -more experience in the outside world -less dependence on parents and more independence -socializing potential is far greater than in home -meeting peers of similar age group, connecting, and sharing interests -teacher is trained in the art and has former experience teaching the same topic -because of this there is less use of potentially boring textbooks -offers a more rounded educational experience -brings introverts out of their "comfort zone" (I would consider this a benefit) The disadvantages are the opposite of the benefits in most cases. I have no idea about the monetary issues behind all this. According to my thoughts, formal schooling outweighs homeschooling. Anything I missed? I am sure there are.