Home education and school education- which one is better?

IELTS Writing Task 2 with sample answer.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

To what extent do you believe this is true?

The education a child receives at home from having parents who are positive role models is more important than the academic education a child receives at school.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer:
Home is the first institution of learning for the children and is informal in its setting, rules and regulations. A child learns some basic reading or casual skills from home through classical conditioning. Although home learning and parents’ attention play an important role in shaping children’s learning skills, but without school, it is hard to polish their skills, because of organized norms and academic standards.

The school systems follow some basic principles of rewards and punishments according to the performance of a child. For example, if a child shows good performance in studies or in class behavior he is positively rewarded by teachers by positive reinforcement either by tangible things (e.g. candy or toy) or verbal appreciation (e.g. good, excellent etc.). On the other hand, if he shows tantrum or bad performance in studies he is punished by the teachers.

A child learns more in class room with the peers, through a healthy competition and also learns some appropriate behavioral acts. He learns to sit in class, take grant from teachers before entering or leaving the class, discipline, communication, time management, manners and so on. He learns to face and deal with bullying and that gives him experience how to address hostile situations. Again his anxiety of public speaking decreased as compared to those children who study at home. In this way he can overcome his behavioral issue, and can perform well in academic or non-academic activities.

The children who only attend home classes often become shy, and stubborn in front of other people. When they attend school, they cannot perform in class participation as the regular school attendees can do. Their shyness leads further towards low confidence and low self-esteem issues in their adolescence.

Although the school is more important in better academic career, but we cannot deny the importance of home learning as well. It is like a two wheel of a cycle, without one the cycle cannot be run, without home education and parents’ support only school-teaching cannot help to make a child successful in academic life.

[ Written by – Sana Rehman ]