Honors English – 7th
30 April 2010
The Pros and…Well, More Pros of Homeschooling
The pros and cons of homeschooling a child have long been debated by the leading experts and specialists. In the eyes of many, growing up and learning in a private, secluded environment is socially and academically unfavorable for children. Since the practice first started, questions have always been asked: does it really help at all? The answer to that question is yes. With the number of homeschooled children increasing every year, it’s obvious that being raised in and exposed to the homeschooled environment gives children many advantages over those that are public schooled.
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Five activities, which is one for every school day, give homeschooled children plenty of interaction with people their age, among others. Another survey done by Ray in 2003 indicates that previously home educated adults are happier with their life and also more involved in social activities (Davis 96). With even one extracurricular activity, meeting new people and beginning relationships is incredibly easy.
Homeschooling also strengthens family relationships and lengthens the window of opportunity for parents to deposit positive influence on their children. These days, at public schools, students – especially those in the upper-level grades of high school – spend an excessive amount of time doing school work or school-related activity. By the time their homework and chores are finished, there is not much time left to spend with their family (Bittner 291). The ties between a child and the parents are stretched farther and farther, until both are completely isolated from each other. In a homeschool situation, naturally, the family spends much of their time together, and it creates strong bonds between the parents and the children, as well as the brothers and sisters (Kochenderfer 14). Furthermore, the more time a student spends with his or her parents, the more likely it is that the parents will have some positive influence over their child. It is human nature for people to do what they know, and learn from the people they make contact with the most. At public schools – with the child spending seven to eight hours a day, five days a week there – peers and friends, as well as teachers and counselors, hold a relative amount of weight on a student’s values and ideas. Homeschool allows students to be free of the “peer groups and courses that actively encourage kids to reject their parents’ beliefs and morality,” and instead gives families a chance to build close, eternal relationships (Pride 40). Debra Bell, former public-school teacher turned homeschool educator, agrees that homeschooling a child would increases the chance of parental influence (Bell 16). Even though a student will his or her own ideas and opinions as they grow older, starting them out at the right place is always important, and homeschooling is the ideal way to transfer family values and morals over to a child.
A homeschooled education gives students more options than a public-school education would. The curriculum of a homeschool is often specifically tailored to the needs or desires of the child in question; each child is different from another, and with the homeschooling technique, a student can go at his or her own speed, or study the materials as he or she wishes. In public schools, the educational board places children on an “artificial timetable” (Bell 18). If a student does not meet the requirements for their specific age level, he or she is deemed “slow” or “behind,” and is sometimes even forced to repeat another year of the same grade. Expert Elizabeth Kanna,...