Homeschooling is a progressive movement
not only ...
Homeschooling is a progressive movement
not only in the United States but all over the world. It involves parents
opting to school their children at home as opposed to taking them to private or
public schools. Homeschooling was initiated in the 1970s when some of the
famous researchers and authors such as John Holt began writing content on
educational reforms. They recommended homeschools and suggested that it was an
alternative educational option. According to statistics, there are now over two
million children schooling at home in America only (which makes up about 3.4%
of American students) (“National Center for Education Statistics”). Moreover,
the number is rapidly increasing from 7% to 15% annually. Homeschooling is
legal in all the 50 states of America and also in many foreign countries
(Martin). Despite this, homeschooling is always a subject of debate primarily
due to its seeming lack of standards and curriculum both for students and
homeschool tutors. Due to this uncertainty, this paper will highlight the dark
side of homeschooling in comparison with traditional private or public
schooling and establish that homeschooling in America should be reviewed or
First, we’ll look at why families
choose to homeschool and find better alternatives for their challenges. Parents
opt to homeschool their kids for various reasons including; To provide a
non-traditional approach to education, legality, concern about school
environments, dissatisfaction with academic requirements with most schools,
interactive, different educational philosophies or religious beliefs, children having
special needs or impaired mentally or physically, flexibility, desire to
provide religious or moral instruction and belief that kids do not progress
well under the traditional school structure (Barbieri).
Other than children having special
needs or any forms of impairment be it physical or mental, the rest of the
issues can be resolved through various public and private schools. In fact,
even children with special needs and impairments can attend special needs
institutions that are highly professional and have customized their services to
suit the needs of such students. Also, all schools do not have the same
environment and do not do things in a similar fashion. Therefore, parents can
search for schools that best suit the environment they would love their kids to
grow in and the culture they would love to instill in them. The idea that
children do not progress well under the traditional school structure is misled.
Unlike homeschooling, Public and private schools have a curriculum that has
been suggested by experts who have specialized in various fields, and therefore
is healthy for children to learn. The environment also provides room for
children to be around other children and socialize. Peer socialization has been
proved to be crucial for the emotional and psychological development and the
general well-being of children. All schools do not tolerate bullying and abuse
as some of the parents exercising homeschooling would argue. Parents therefore
deny their children an opportunity to be around other children like them and
form positive relationships and instead cultivate lack of social development in
their children’s lives ("Pros and Cons of Homeschooling").
Homeschooling leads to lack of
competition. Competitive opportunities are deprived of homeschooling kids since
they do not study with their peers. Traditional schooling provides avenues for
healthy competition not only on academics but also on co-curricular activities.
The environment provides numerous competitive paths for all children to try
freely. Fixtures including school play tryouts, spelling bees, and team sports
motivate children to do their best. Such activities challenge them to reveal
natural aptitudes that might not be uncovered in homeschooled environments.
Homeschooling results in missed experiences.
Shared experiences make up life. Homeschooled children miss school experiences
such as the “high-school” experience that is filled with innumerable exciting
opportunities for children including prom and field trips. These instances
build memories, help children better adjust in the society, and may even foster
lifelong friendships. Such special events and experiences are difficult to
create with homeschooling since the group of peers is absent.
Homeschooling results in lack of
qualification. Most homeschooling parents lack academic qualifications in
certain fields or subjects, especially in high school disciplines. This compels
them to hire subject-specific tutors to coach their children at home even if
they lack an authentic academic degree or teaching certification.
Unfortunately, this does not also end up well for them since they have to dig
deep into their pockets to remunerate the efforts of an instructor or
instructors if they’re several. At the end of it all, the children lack a
well-rounded curriculum that prepares them for trade school or college whereas
the homeschooling parents suffer due to financial constraints ("5
Arguments Against Homeschooling"). Therefore, to ensure uniform quality of
homeschool education comparable to public school education, before anyone can
officially homeschool a child, they must show evidence that they have taken and
passed formal teacher education coursework at least equivalent to that
currently required of licensed teacher's aides.
Considering the above arguments, it may
be safe to conclude that homeschooling is wrong and should be done away with.
It’s crucial for parents to note that any path they choose for their child has
an impact on them. There are numerous different schools worldwide specialized
to cater for any needs parents may have for their children. Children sent to
traditional schools can also greatly benefit from the apprenticeship of a
heedful parent. Parents should make an informed choice on the matter if they
want a robust educational and social future for their children.