A loud ring went off as the minute hand had finally landed on six. It was half past seven now as little Timmy jumped out of bed and scurried downstairs. Once he approached the dining room, he found out his mom had made him his favorite breakfast, bacon and eggs. He ate quickly to ensure that he would not be late for his first class. Once he was done, he walked quickly to another room with shelves full of books and a chalkboard. He did not bother changing into different clothes or packing his book bag. As he sat down on one of the chairs his mother greeted him, “Good morning, please open your book to page forty seven”. His school day had just begun.
Home-schooling is a very effective method of educating a child. There are many arguments to counter this statement. Many believe a child being home-schooled would come to lack social skills and to fear association with others. Another belief would be the idea that a parent’s ability to educate a child would be inferior to the public education system because a parent usually do not have a license to teach. Although there are several other arguments to go against home-schooling, there are a lot more others to fight for the idea of it. The popularity of home-schooling had escalated over the last decade. According to the “National Home Education Research Institute” (NHERI), a staggering 1.5 million people in America are home schooled ever since it was first legalized in 1993.
A child would not lack social skills nor would the child be afraid to associate themselves with others. Home-schooling does not mean a child would be contained in a house and isolated from the world. As a matter of fact, every child needs to be educated physically, such as participating in sports. The parents would provide a form of physical education by enrolling the student to a basketball team or even a dance studio. During this time, the student would have time to associate themselves with other children.
Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute explains “90 percent of [home schooled] kids play with people outside their families.” Home-educated children are happier, better adjusted and more sociable that those at institutional schools. As stated in Brian Ray’s reports, the average child educated at home participates in a range of activities with other children outside the family and ninety-eight percent are involved in two or more extracurricular activities such as field trips, music lessons, and sports per week.
Being in a classroom with other students is not necessarily a good thing either. When a student is in a classroom, the attention of the instructor or teacher is divided amongst the other twenty to thirty other students. Therefore there are seldom any one-on-one relationship between the student and the teacher. In an age-segregated classroom, a child would not be working on his/her own pace but rather someone else’s pace. This environment would never be present in any time during our adult life. In a work environment, co-workers would be of all different ages and possesses knowledge in various areas.
The assertion, “Home-schooling is inferior to the public education system”, is an opinion that can easily be refuted. No one is able to state this as a fact due to the research that had already been done. Former director of “Education Resources Information Center” (ERIC), Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner, had done research to disprove the idea that home-schooling is inferior. He found that on average a home-educated student scores within the 80 percentile on a standardized test when the national average is within the 50 percentile. In addition, the home-schooled student population only made up less than three percent of the student population In America, but ten percent of top contestants for the nation’s top scholarships, such as the “Presidential Scholarship”, are home-schooled.
In consideration of such outstanding records, it’s safe to say that the parents are effective teachers despite their lack of a teaching license. This is also due to the vast resources supplied to both parents and students alike by their environment if any material was not understood. Parents are not the only tool or resource home-based educators get information from. In many cases, parents get the assistance of other friends, or any interested person in the family. For example, if an uncle in the family who is particularly skilled in computer graphics, he would be pleased to take part in the home schooling system for that subject. Additionally, parents can quest for on-line education web sites that provide plenty of information and methods used to teach children. Some websites such as time4learning.com and learnersonline.com provides lesson plans as well as guides on how to teach a child.
Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert from Newsweek stated in their article “Learning at Home: Does it Pass the Test?” on October 5, 1998 that, “sophisticated new educational software help fill in academic gaps. If they need more inspiration, they can browse through bookstore shelves filled with how-to books and subscribe to dozens of newsletters and magazines, videos and software, and seminars.” There are more information given to us through satellites and terrestrial channels than the knowledge our grandparents possess throughout their life time.
Home-school education allows students to be more eager to learn and to love learning. They work at their own pace and on their own interests. If a child discovers that he/she have a huge interest in a certain field, they are now allowed to explore these areas at a younger age. If they start young, there would be extremely little competition once they reach adulthood. Mark Twain once said, “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” I would like to further establish this quote by another quote from a Greek philosopher Plato asserting, “All learning has an emotional base.” As home-school student themselves, they’ve learned to pursue their own interests rather than a huge range of subjects that would’ve never helped them.
Additionally, with home-schooling, parents are now more involved in which academic field their child is most likely to pursue. In addition, this method of teaching would create a stronger bond between the child and the parent. Noticeably today, the traditional family values, have gradually declined since the 1920s, during the industrial boom. The introduction of cinema and automobile since then had taken away quality family time. Having parents educate their child would bring back these values. Because they are more active in their child’s activity, the possibility of their child succumbing to the influence of peer pressure and drugs would decrease as well.
It is clear now that home-educated people are better educated than those who receive their education from a public school. They soar higher and their grades reflect it. Home-schooling provides a unique learning experience for each student. They are now able to work at the pace the student prefers and created a closer family bond. Many great minds, leaders, and other intellectuals in history have been educated at home as well. Aside from Twain and Plato, others on this list would include Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale. Home education is the best method for a child to receive his/her education.
Aiex, Nola Kortner. “Home Schooling and Socialization of Children.” ERIC Digest. Eric Digests. 1 Jan. 1994. < http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed372460.html>Kantrowitz, Barbara and Pat Wingert. “Learning at Home: Does it Pass the Test?” Newsweek. Oct. 5 1998.
Rudner, Lawrence M. “The Scholastic Achievement of Home School Students.” ERICWagner, David. “No Place (to learn) like Home School”. Insight. September 8. 1997.Mark Twain. “Quotations and Famous Quotes on Learning” Proverbia. Proverbia.net. < http://en.proverbia.net/citastema.asp?tematica=698>Plato. “Quotations and Famous Quotes on Learning” Proverbia. Proverbia.net. < http://en.proverbia.net/citastema.asp?tematica=698>
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