I’ve been homeschooling my 16 year old daughter since day 1. I initially started because I thought I could do a better job that our local public school system, and our state is rated pretty low. However, reality set in and I realized that teaching is not my gift. I do worry sometimes about the things I can’t give her. However, my daughter likes homeschooling, and has never wanted to go to public school, so we soldier on.
I have seen some positives though. Her learning style is similar to mine, and I can compare that somewhat to my experience in public school. She is much more independent than I was at that age, much more creative, an out of the box thinker, and a self starter. She is also a better writer than me, even compared to my college days. And I didn’t even teach her any writing. There is a lot to be said for more time to read.
We joined a lot of homeschool groups, did field trips, and other projects. Currently, she is taking classes with other homeschoolers. A few homeschool moms decided to teach classes, two of them have science backgrounds. We’ve done lab sciences, speech, debate, government, composition, Latin, and World Religion. They had a Buddhist come in and speak to the World Religion Class, which I thought was pretty cool. The science was Apologia, but they were open to me substituting the evolution section with a secular science book. The classes are a mixture of secular and Christian homeschoolers. That’s one positive about living in the West, things are less restrictive and exclusive here.
So, even if you homeschool, there are a lot of outside resources if you live in the States. I have to admit though, we fell into a relaxed homeschooling, because I had a hard time getting her to do all the work. She might have a little bit more of a struggle switching to college, but I don’t see that it will hold her back long term.
Regarding which is best, one article I read put forth the idea that parent involvement makes the most difference. Of course, homeschooling would be the highest form of that, lol, but you can get really involved in public school. I think it depends a lot on your school choices and the personality of you and your child. In my situation, I’d say it’s overall positive on the homeschooling side, for the reasons that I myself didn’t develop much creative thinking from public school, and my daughter is an introvert, preferring smaller groups. I will say that high school is harder to homeschool without having some outside group for socialization.