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Reasons Why People Homeschool In order to determine whether Homeschooling is indeed promising, one must first understand the reasons why people choose to Homeschool. According to Reich, Homeschooling is appealing to many families because of the capability to almost entirely customize education for their children. Many families want to homeschool because they do not feel that their children’s spiritual and moral needs are met in public schools. Moreover, some families choose to Homeschool in order to screen their child’s curriculum to remove secularist views found in modern day public school curriculum (2002). Others have children with special needs or learning disabilities, so they choose to homeschool (Maaja, 1997).
One of the pros of home schooling is its controlled environment. Dr. David A. Gershaw says that parents believe that home schooling is a way for them to control their children’s influences by allowing them to learn more mature interaction skills by socializing with adults. Also with a controlled environment children do not have the opportunity get involved with drugs, alcohol, promiscuous sex, and violence that takes place in the school system today. Another excellent aspect of home schooling that Dr. Gershaw talked about is the idea of one on one teaching. This brings teaching to a more personal level.
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Such experiences are essential preparation for social and professional life outside the home. Without this training at an early age they may be at a disadvantage when forced to go out into the work force. Another reason why some people disapprove of homeschooling is that since the parents can design what is taught their children only are exposed to the parents’ views. This results in the children having limits on their ability to form their own views and ultimately forming their own unique personality and values. Also to be considered is lack of work ethic built through a structured school setting.
It has become widely spread across the country as more parents turn to home schooling, as opposed to the traditional classroom setting in public schools, which some individuals describe as hindering to a child’s learning ability. As Margaret Martin states in her 1997, home schooling article titled, Home schooling: Parents' Reactions, the definition of home schooling is basically a: “Learning/teaching situation where children spend the majority of the conventional school day in or near their home in lieu of attendance at a conventional institution of education. Parents or guardians are the prime educators of their children” (Martin, p. 2). “Home schooling is defined simply as the "education of school-aged children at home rather than at a school” (Lyman, 1998). Cultural Sophistication versus Confinement.
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In home schooling, parents or tutors are free to teach using methods they deem appropriate to the situation and the student. In a traditional school, much time is wasted. The students need time to change classes, get out their homework, pass out papers, etc. Even getting to school is a long trek for some students. In a home schooling setting, these trivial tasks are greatly reduced.
A child automatically starts off with no skill in public speaking, which is why they are taught the best they can be, and in this case, public school is a great way to get them started. Public speaking in front of a student’s family members is easy because they are comfortable in front of them, but learning is supposed to be scary, it is supposed to intrigue and frighten students, and public speaking is one of the most uncomfortable thing a child or young adult could do. “You’re not going to have the different backgrounds of people to deal with, people from different ethnic groups, different economic groups.” (Cavazo). Homeschooled students will not be able to have these interactions with people different from them, which can cause them to be caught in a scenario in which they are terrified to talk in front of a diverse group of people, which can take a toll on their professional life. Although public speaking is terrifying, it is deemed as necessary.