Cost Effective: Public School or Sonlight?

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Which method of education is more cost-effective: Sonlight or your local Public School?

Which is less expensive?

Well, we all know Sonlight is a rather high-priced option in the homeschooling world, it's true. That is due to the many great books that come in every package, and we do our best to make the price tag worthwhile beyond the great resources by offering world class support and fantastic guarantees. Even so, Sonlight is one of the most expensive homeschool curriculum options. I quickly poked around and found that the Grade 3 Full-Grade Packages are the most expensive programs Sonlight offers at around $829.

If you have more than one child, your cost will be split between them making it much more viable for larger families. Plus, you're building an incredible library and all those other benefits Sonlight users rave about.

The fact remains: $829 for a year's worth of curriculum from Sonlight.

So how much does your local public school spend per child?

I did a quick search and found that in 2006 public schools spent over $9,100 per student.

Almost eight times as much as Sonlight's most expensive package today.


Then I read an article that suggests that, realistically, the number should be closer to $25,000 per child.

Over twenty times as much.

And yet we hear, over and over again, that the public educational system doesn't have enough money; we need to increase our educational budget; our teachers are underpaid; our schools aren't given enough resources to properly educate our children. If any of those are true, I want to know where the money is going.

When I was in high school I had to buy some of my books. And the texts offered by the school were worn out and I certainly didn't get to keep them. So what did I get for all that money?

Does "socialization" really cost that much?

The system is deeply flawed somewhere.

I'd really like someone to fix it.

Here's the post that got me thinking about this today. Be sure to watch the video if you've got five minutes and then, perhaps, do some research about your local school system's budget.

It certainly is eye-opening.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

P.S. If you're interested, my latest article is up on Heart of the Matter as well.

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