Extensive Home Schooling

The Best Experience

Introduction

Did you know home schooling is one of the fastest growing form education (Lines)? In 1985, there were only 50,000 home schooling families, and now the number has increased a lot in a short period of time. Now there are more than 2.2 million home schooled kids in just the United states (Ray)! Furthermore, home schooling has also spread to many different parts of the world. For example, Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Mexico, Kenya, Russia, South Korea, and more (Ray). However, home schooling was just to satisfy the needs of the parents who thought public-schooling was an insufficient method for teaching their children. Now, it seems more families are leaning towards the home school method of teaching. Could it only be for this reason or is there more to it?

Claim

Home based education should be promoted because the student will do well on achievement tests and will be able to learn and grow in an environment that their parents control.
Firstly, home schooling has tended to make its students perform well on achievement tests. Studies have shown that home schooled kids are academically excelling in every way (Anderson). Twenty thousand home schooled children were observed by the University of Maryland (Anderson). These students not only scored higher on standardized tests than public and private school students, they also did so in every subject at every grade level (Anderson)! You are probably thinking how this is possible. The reasons lie in how they are taught. Many home school students are taught by the method of child-led learning (Balter 307). This method relies on the child's natural curiosity and their ability to learn to direct daily activities. When the child is naturally motivated to learn, they respect their perception for what is important to learn at any given time (Balter 307). In this way, the child never loses their love for learning and has motivation to learn new things. Local support groups, community colleges, and other groups help provide home schooling families with resources (Lines). Research also shows that small class sizes, which home schools mostly have, allow for higher achievement because of the individualized instruction (Balter 308). If you have a parent who does not have expertise in a subject, the home schooled student can take extra classes in a community college (Balter 308). However, aside from better achievement, the child also learns to manage their time better and learns many valuable skills that prepare them for ACT and college (Noble). Having a motivation to learn, never losing the love for learn, and individualized instructions all contribute to scoring well on achievement tests.

Benefits of Home Schooling

Secondly, home schooling allows for the child to grow in an environment their parents control. In public schools, children follow what their friends say. They want to be like all the other boys/girls. The student would want to get the latest fashion trend and as an effect they would lose sight of what they really want. They would be putting up a disguise to who they really are which is never a good thing. For this reason, they will get and do things they do not, in reality, want to do or get. This is a major reason why some parents would want to home school their children. Parents want to protect their children from negative peer pressure. For example, when a friend tries to pressure another into smoking. Another major thing parents home school their children is for them to not experience bullying. These negative experiences in school can badly affect their future. Home schooling parents can shield their child from popular media overflowing with images of rebellion by playing the role of cultural gatekeepers more fully (Lines). Your socialization is also better than a public school kid. 70 children from each side were videotaped and there was only one difference found (Brian). The home schooled children were better behaved (Brian). This study shows the affect home schooling parents have over public school children's teachers and parents. Students will not have to face negative peer pressure, bullying, media influence, and will be better behaved in an environment their parents control.

Public or Home based education?

In conclusion, home based education should be supported because the child will be able to grow under the parents influence and score better on achievement tests which will positively impact their future. Home schooled kids score better than the average public school student (Ray). They do so because they have the natural motivation to learn and get individual learning instructions (Balter 308). They also do not fall victim under bullying and negative peer pressuring which may negatively impact their future. Under parents' influence, they are shielded from many indecent things. If you send your child to public schools you are putting them at risk for accidents that may change their life in a bad way. If you want the best for your child, take a step right now towards home schooling.

Works Cited

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Lines, Patricia M. "Homeschooling Comes of Age." Academic OneFile. Gale, 2000. Web.


Noble, Krista. "The Top 3 Reasons I'm Grateful I Was Homeschooled."Student Edition. N.p., Sept. 2014. Web. 5 Feb. 2015.


Anderson, Brian. "Manhattan Institute Scholar | Brian C. Anderson."Manhattan Institute Scholar | Brian C. Anderson. The Manhattan Institute, 2000. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.


"Homeschool Isn't the Same as School." The Sundial. N.p., 19 Sept. 2010. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.


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