English III: 4
March 19, 2014
Homeschooling is any short or long-term situation in which students are taught various subject matters by parents, relatives, friends, or perceived experts (Everhart and Harper 1). It has become increasingly popular throughout the years. It has been the fastest-growing option for alternative education since the 1970’S (Immell 1, Cohen and Drenovsky 1). An increasing number of parents are pulling their children out of local schools due to other unruly children that they come in contact with on a daily basis. 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). This class formation forms classes that are similar to public school classes. Many homeschooled families also form communities of support groups to assuage isolation and ignorance on curriculum standards (Wichers 4). Because of their smaller classes, they get more one-on-one attention. In order for public-education students to receive the same attention, they are likely to have to pay for a tutor. For example, one site, www.tutor.com, at the least, offers unlimited tutoring for $39.99 per month for one hour (Tutor.com 1). Tutoring can ra...
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... or moral instruction and dissatisfaction with academic instruction (Pollack 1). Parents favor teaching their children what they want them to know. Some homeschooled students follow a set curriculum, but the parents of other students select matter as educational needs begin to appear more appropriate (Everhart and Harper 1). Parents teach more of what is important in academics.
In any event, homeschooling is beneficial to students in the long run. Most homeschoolers attend top notch colleges after graduating from high school. They also attain more knowledge on subjects that they have personal interest in. While focusing on personal interests, homeschoolers are being taught in a sound environment. Homeschooling is beneficial to children because they receive individual attention, they score higher on standardized tests, and they learn in a secure environment.