I get asked that question a lot since I was homeschooled. It resurfaced again after the elementary school shooting right before Christmas. "Children would be safer homeschooled!" is what many people posted on social media sites. I disagree. There's no way to protect kids/people from everything. The same has happened in colleges, movie theaters, malls, even people's homes! So that poor argument aside, do I plan to homeschool? No, and I can't offer too much advice on what other families should do. The reason being it depends on too many factors.
For us, we moved into an area with very good schools. We pay high (really high) taxes towards the school. I plan to take advantage of that perk of living in this area. Secondly, it depends on the child. Unfortunately when it comes to homeschooling I find it's all about what the parent wants (I want my child learning this and not this) and that's good, but what about the child? I think learning style is a HUGE factor in deciding how to educate your child. I can already see Christopher is just like Chris, a social learner. I was not. I was an individual learner/self regulator. Last, I work and I plan to work for the next few years. My hope is to get a job at our elementary school. That would be perfect since that's where my degree is AND I could be so involved with the boys' education.
Short term (as in Kindergarten through 4th grade), we plan to use public school. Long term, Chris and I would like to have the boys attend a private prep school for high school if we can afford that. I know from my experience at college that students from prep schools were extremely well prepared for college. It made an impression on me. I do plan to supplement learning at home, especially with religion, reading and writing.
Did I like being homeschooled? Yes and no, honestly. I think my parents did a decent job with selecting books and materials, but most of the homeschoolers I saw did not. Many barely had books or did much teaching. A lot were slackers sadly. I think states need to provide oversee into homeschool families and their performance. I like how PA regulates homeschooling. They are required to give yearly portfolios, standardized tests and list of books and work samples. I think that is reasonable.
What was your educational experience like and what do you plan for your child(ren)?