Homeschooing: An Effective Means of Education Homeschooling – the education of children under the supervision of parents instead of school teachers – has grown steadily over the past several decades (Lines 2000). Parents are becoming more involved in their children’s education and taking an active involvement. For some, homeschooling means duplicating school at home, complete with textbooks, report cards, and standardized tests. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some homeschoolers take a less structured approach, allowing their children’s interest to determine what they study, and letting them work at their own pace (Ishizuka 2000). Homeschooling has been the victim of much criticism since it originated.
It is estimated that there are currently two million children home schooled in the United States (School Choice). The number of children being home schooled increased from 32,804 in 2000 to 53,216 in 2003 (Brown 1). There are three basic reasons parents keeps their children out of public schools. First, they think that raising their children is their business and not the governments. Second, they enjoy being with their children and watching and helpin... ... middle of paper ... ... admissions policies for children that are taught at home (School Choice).
Education Week (21)) Parents choose to home school their children for a variety of reasons. Most home schooling parents agree that letting their children learn at their own pace is very beneficial. Another reason that parents like to home school is for convenience. Parents who telecommute to work can stay at home at teach their children while also working. Parents get to spend more time one on one with their child... ... middle of paper ... ... parents may feel that these new teachers are not going to be as effective as teachers of the past.
Financial cost is another issue that need to pay attention either home-school or public school. In a research shown that home-school is cheaper than any other education, most parents who home-school spend less than $600 per year compared to the $10,000 average spent per pupil by public school systems (Parker, 2012). According to Tobias (2015) public school requires both parents working rather than one because of they need to buy uniforms, field trip, school fees and any other expenses involves. However Bringer (2015) said home-schooling can be a pressure on the family’s finances since one parent is not working in order to stay at home and tutoring the children. Hence the parents must also buy and/or rent the books needed to teach their children.
Parents have been around and they wanted their child to be what was expect of them, going to school, get good grades and find a great college. Later on in the child’s life they would be happy but it all starts with the question what kind of school should they start. Most parents ignore the fact that there are charter schools which are close to public schools. The few things that are different is the services that public schools provide also the grades of the students last the teaching requirement in the schools. First public schools have almost always had busses pick up students that attended school.
In addition to the current 2.3 million homeschool students, 5.7 million Americans stated having experience being homeschooled for at least one year of their education (Ray). Homeschooling is beneficial to students because it allows educational freedom, religious freedom, and emotional stability. Homeschool students have the ability to choose what material they would like to learn and how they would like to learn it. Most parents that homeschool their children teach them their course material. For other students, their parents monitor their studies, but let them learn on their own.
Home schooling originated in a time when there were a small number of schools. Even when more public and community schools became available, traditional groups like the Seventh Day Adventists and Mormons, chose to school their young children at home. The Amish society kept their older children out of the public schools and chose to educate them through life in the community. The movement for home schooling has become more prevalent in modern day education. Many parents opt to educate at home, whether it be for religious purposes or because they are pursuing the philosophy of child-led learning.
Well, at least what’s best for them according to the parents’ definition of “best”. From childhood to the majority of adolescence, the child has no say in the decisions their parents make for them or how their parents raise them. So, for reasons known only to them, some parents will choose not to place their child in public schools and educate their precious bundles of joy themselves. As of Spring 2007, an estimated 2.9% of children are being home schooled in the United States alone. That’s over 1.5 million students.
Theses are qualities, which most parents want to instill in their students. Being in a smaller environment allows for better education. The good thing about a smaller environment is it gives students time to understand what they are doing. Having time to ask their questions to make sure they understand. Many know that private schools are a year ahead of public school, “Many parents who return their children to public school soon miss the private school advantages.
One of the toughest decisions that any parent will ever face is to decide where to send their children to get an education. When most people think of education, they generally think of public schools… when governments require children to attend schools in which trained teachers are responsible for educating the children using an approved curriculum. Through the years that idea has slowly been changing and a significant number of parents have come to believe that it is much better for their children to be educated at home by the people who know them and their needs best. Although, most people think that a public education is better, many statistics and facts show that home schooling is beneficial in other ways. It is estimated that parents are now taking control of their children’s lives and education by teaching over two million children at home, rather than in public or even private schools!