Homeschooling better prepares children for college because homeschooled children have to work more independently than those in public schools (Bogantz). Homeschooled children have to be able to work independently and be self-motivated or no school would ever get accomplished. Working and learning more independently helps prepare children for college because that is how college course are set up. College students are expected to have read their assignment before going to class, so that they have a little understanding of the topic before the professor explains the topic. Homeschooled children often think college is easier because they are already used to learning independently.
In a home schooling setting, these trivial tasks are greatly reduced. For example, the first day of school in a public or private traditional school normally means a lot of paperwork and administrative tasks. Students spend most of the day getting lockers and filling out emergency cards so t... ... middle of paper ... ...l that it is a decision that a parent needs to make, based on what they feel are important standards for learning. Home schooling provides a more relaxed environment, with a one on one learning environment and a flexible schedule. It also provides a pace that is best for the child, an environment on areas children want to focus on as well as confident student who doesn¦Ðt have to deal with the feelings of others.
Parents are always so interested in what happens in the school aspect of their child’s life, so teachers involve themselves in a Parent-Teacher conference day, in which they meet with the student’s parents to discuss the student’s progress and performance. Many of these tasks are done at the teacher’s home, not in class. Therefore, the teacher brings home more than an average career profession. As a result, they must not mind to take the papers home to read, check, and grade. But in class, they have an important job.
There are about 1.1 million homeschooled students in the U.S. today (Immell 1). Homeschooling is beneficial to children because they receive individual attention, they score higher on standardized tests, and they learn in a secure environment. There are many differences between public and homeschooled children, and one difference is the class size. Some homeschoolers are taught in smaller group classes. These group classes include parents and students who gather together to form “co-op” groups for particular subject areas in which greater expertise is available from one of the parents (Everhart and Harper 2).
Parents can advance their children at their own pace rather than being rushed to meet deadlines, and parents can set expectations as high as they need to for each individual child. Because homeschooled students are, the majority of the time, taught by their own parents, homeschooling is, in effect, one-to-one ratio of teaching. Studies done by The Center for Public Education show that the smaller class size, or smaller student to teacher ratio have a positive impact on the student 's education. People tend to be concerned about the social development of homeschooled children since they do not has the daily interactions with classmates and teachers, but many homeschooled children actually have large social networks and
Furthermore, it has been proven in regular schools that students gain information easier the smaller the student-teacher ratio is. If this is the case for school, the results are even better for homeschooling. Homeschooling is one-to-one teaching, and that means parents get to help their kids individually. Some parents are stricter than others, and that strictness can be placed upon kids to reach for the highest grades possible. Homeschooling offers a solution for these high-achieving parents that allows them to further interact with their kids and monitor their success (“Benefits of Homeschooling”).
Never show a failing grade so that the other may see it. Be sensitive to each student’s feelings and needs. It helps if an achiever works with an underachiever. Sometimes help from a student is better explained than from a teacher. Parents should be involved to reinforce lessons that are learned at school on a daily basis.
Teachers do their best to properly teach a child in the right ways but much of how they act comes from their peers and the classroom setting itself. With this in mind, Pavan reveals from her research that “students in multi-grade settings felt more positive…and after five years in one multi-grade, significantly fewer multi-grade students were referred for discipline...”. Kids show less behavioral issues when, to put it simply, they are happy. They tend to lean towards aggression to balance out the different maturity levels in this smaller atmosphere. Miller reveals from his research that students learn how to behave “cooperatively with older and younger students” and they learn to confront each other when problems arise rather than acting out and showing behavioral issues.
In the reading it brings up how most parents are only contacted by the school when it is something bad. This is not how it should be. Teachers should be sending home good news notes to the parents praising the students for their hard work in the class. Schools also need to be welcoming to the families and provide workshops to assist in the parent’s knowledge to allow them to help their children with their schoolwork. Having the parents involved and aware of the things that are going on in the classroom and the school are great ways to build that relationship and to enhance the student’s academic achievement and
Academic Effects of Active Parental Involvement Findings demonstrate that parent involvement in a child’s learning is positively related to their achievement. The first teachers of our children are the adults in the home. This is where the children learn their attitudes and values that are engraved in them for the remainder of their lives. When families as a whole participate, in children’s education in positive ways, there are noticeable changes in the child’s test scores, attendance records, quality of work, attitudes and behavior, graduation rates, and the amount that enroll in higher education. The level of involvement is often questioned by the parents; however, research suggests that “the more intensively parents are involved in their children’s learning, the more beneficial are the achievement effects” (Cotton and Wikelund, 2002, p. 2).