The Truth About Homeschooling

Homeschooling vs. Public Schooling

Introduction

School is defined as an institution for the instruction of children, such as a college or university, not the home. Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular, but parents don't realize that they are setting their children up for failure. Colleges are stricter, social interactions are rare, and parents are still choosing this poor fate. "You will spend hour after hour of your time with your children" (Schaefer). Little breaks from your children can get you frustrated, and less progress will be made. Also, "homeschooling can be child led, which focuses on the child's interests, not the necessary criteria to help children succeed" (Balter 256). The children may be off topic, poorly disciplined, or getting out of work, not the case in public schools. All the time being spent homeschooling could be better spent working while the kids go to school. If homeschooling is your choice, it may lead to a one income family with financial issues. Public schooling is better than homeschooling since homeschooling is a financial burden and it can result in gaps in a child's education.

Concessions

Parents think that the schools don't cover the necessary criteria and that, if taught by themselves, they can better prepare their children. In an article titled "Homeschooling vs. Public Schooling? No Contest!" it stated that " Homeschooling allows parents to have a large influence in their child life and can mold their thinking, what they hold most important to themselves, ant the child's habits". The parents see this as a way to protect their children from the bad in the world and only the good.
Even though the parents will face struggles financially, they feel that it is worth it. Homeschooling allows parents to spend money on what they feel will benefit them the most. No money goes to waste, and all is put to use
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Rebuttal

Though the parents can lead their children in homeschooling, they are not always productive. " Many states require little amounts of homeschooling information to be reported" (Schaefer). This can allow children that are homeschooled to have weaknesses that are unknown to themselves because they were not compared or did not receive feedback about where they were at in a curriculum. These gaps could cause problems later in a child's life when at work or applying for college, and having weaknesses compared to their fellow peers who got a good public education. "Parents control the social part of learning, which can make the children loose necessary teamwork activities, and problem solving lessons" (Balter 256). The social aspect of public schools is a major plus that is not received by those who choose to homeschool. Communicating with others will be a major role in everyone's life, and not receiving this will cause damage to a reputation. Another reason why homeschooling can create gaps is because of the lack of teamwork. Many people work together, but if homeschooled, it is mostly individual work and not with others. Homeschooling is bad because it can cause gaps, has little social interaction, and does not provide teamwork skills.

Homeschooling is also bad because it can cause major financial issues in a household. "Homeschooling is a pricy endeavor, little assistance is provided in the financial field if any, and it can lead to many problems" ("Cons of Homeschooling"). The public schools actually benefit from homeschooling, homeschoolers pay taxes and don't use any of the public school's resources, a gain for public schooling. Homeschoolers receive no government money, and with a one income family, it can turn into a problem. Also in "Cons of Homeschooling" it talks about parents getting into more frequent fights, as homeschooling starts to become a priority of jobs. The parents may distract each other while one tries to work from home while the other homeschools a child. Homeschooling is a problem in this way, but also the curriculum. A textbook can cost from 15 dollars to over 1,000 a very large amount of money for a one income family. Homeschooling is a poor choice because of the financial issues it can create.

Conclusion

Overall, homeschooling is not as a good of a choice as public schooling since homeschooling is a financial burden and can create gaps in a child's learning. We must stop homeschooling in its tracks or it will destroy us. It will create financial and educational problems to much for many to bear. If stopped, we will all benefit greatly from this decision.

Work Cited

Balter,Lawrence ed. Parenthood In America. New York City: ABC-Clio, 2000. Print.


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Schaefer, Suzanne. "The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling." Students for Liberty. Web. 11 Feb. 2015


Elizabeth, Mary. "Cons of Homeschooling." Education Bug. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.


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