Home Schooling

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Home Schooling Each year, homeschooling becomes more popular. “According to The Parent Survey which was published by the National Household Education Surveys Program, in the spring of 1999, approximately 850,000 students were being homeschooled (Ramirez, 2003, para. 1). In the year 2001, over one million children were being homeschooled. It is obvious, based on these statistics, that parents homeschool their children for different reasons including religious beliefs, problems with the school system, and disabilities. Although the reasons for homeschooling may be valid; nevertheless, the disadvantages to the parents, children, and school system will eventually outweigh the positives. Homeschool is an ever-increasing trend for those parents who are insistent on greater success for their children in today’s competitive society. The question that arises with this movement is whether or not homeschooling is actually beneficial. Thirty-three percent of homeschooling parents cite religious beliefs as their main reason for homeschooling their children, as determined by a 2002 United States Census Bureau study (Gordon, 2003, para. 6). The beginning of the homeschool movement in the United States involved mostly white, middle-class Christian families who preferred the teaching of fundamentalist Bible doctrine and those who were disappointed with the bureaucratization of modern education (Gordon, 2003, para. 5; Lyman, 1998, para. 5). Today, however, homeschoolers include those of Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox faiths, all disappointed with public education for some reason or another (Lyman, 1998, para. 6). The total eviction of religion from public schools resulting from the Abington School District v. Sch... ... middle of paper ... ...t for the evangelical Christians anymore. The News Star. Retrieved November 13, 2003, from http://www.uga. edu/bahai/2003/030816-1.html Kantor, Mark. The NEA and Its Position on Homeschooling. Home School News Link. Retrieved November 12, 2003, from http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/ Articles/vol6iss5_NEAPosition.html Leppert, Michael. (2002). Am I Qualified To Teach My Own Child. Home School News Link. Retrieved November 12, 2003, from http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/ Vol6iss6_AmIQualified.html Lyman, Isabel. (1998). Not Home Alone. National Review. Retrieved November 13, 2003, from http://www.findarticles.com/cf_natrv/m1282/n17_v50/21129273/ print.jhtml Ramirez, Laura Pickford. (2003). Is Home School Right For Your Kids. Family Matters. Retrieved November 12, 2003, from http://www.parenting-child-development. com/home-school.html

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