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Is it a good idea to homeschool?

Is it a good idea to homeschool?


A person educating children at home

In the film Midnight Sun, the heroine suffers from xeroderma pigmentosum, a disease that prevents her from seeing sunlight outside.

Moreover, she can’t live and study outside her room. She had to stay home for 12 years of primary and high school education. In the course of her home education, she had a tutor and her father to help her with her studies. She can learn the guitar she likes and write the music she likes. In the movie, the family education she received made her a very good little girl. Shecan have the confidence to like the boy she likes, she has the ability to pursue what she likes to do. She is the beneficiary of her home education.(Speer) In the UnitedStates, Homeschooling can help children to enter the university, can help children more targeted study and so on. There are many advantages of family education that can help children get better education. 

Professor Terry mentioned that her son was a beneficiary of homeschooling.

Her son became home-schooled for a year because he was behind in math. This was because they had moved to England and back, leaving some of their son’s math 

Lessons missing. The professor kept her son at home for a year to help him catchup. She teaches grades in the kitchen by baking cakes. When her son homeschooled, Sometimes Terry joined him. She will teach him art or even go to a professional artist to learn art. She also takes her son and other home-schooled children to learn about history, such as the Revolutionary War. They can also travel together. Furthermore, they Visited several war sites in South Carolina. They can actually feel the real information about the war, they can experience the real feeling. The professor believes that home-schooled people become much better educated than those who attend public schools. She thinks that family education is a very superior way to learn and away to acquire knowledge (Goodfellow).

Firstly, family education can promote the relationship between children and family members.

Children can better receive education from their parents. Parents are children’s natural teachers. Parents play a decisive role in the character and behavior of their children. Furthermore, parents are mentors and assistants for their children to succeed. They should teach their children how to be a man while teaching them knowledge. This is something that teachers cannot teach children in public schools. Public school teachers can teach their children knowledge, but they cannot teach them how to behave like their parents. In the course of children’s growth, their behavior, character and habits are all influenced by their parents. Parents are children’s best teachers. Tyman Johnson believes that “successful tutoring produces successful children, and unsuccessful tutoring produces unsuccessful children”.

In this sense, family education is the basis of all other education, and parents play a decisive role in the growth of children.

Compared with public schools, where students spend most of their time on campus, it is difficult for children to have extended contact with their parents. As time goes by and children grow up, they will have some rebellious behaviors. It’s all due to the lack of parental companionship (Pickhardt Par4). However, home-schooled children are less likely to feel this way. They tend to think that their parents are their teachers and friends who accompany them day and night. Their parents, intimately involved in their education and worldview. Therefore, home-educated children have a good relationship with their family members. 

Frontispiece to Fireside EducationSamuel Griswold (Goodrich)

Secondly, children who are taught at home can receive more targeted learning, in which each class teacher has to deal with multiple students (Ray Par2). Most of the time, the teacher does not know where each student is doing well in study and where he is not doing well in study. Therefore, the teacher cannot help the weakness of the student specifically. In many cases, students are too shy to tell their teachers about their learning problems. At home parents quickly become aware of their children’s learning problems, they find the problem after the changes on the education for the child’s problem, because they have only one child so face changes in education can all according to the child to adjust their own problems.

Moreover, when a child learns from a person every day, he or she will become very trusting

his or her teacher. If a child has some problems that the teacher does not find, the child will be more likely to tell the teacher about his or her current problems. Children who receive family education will not be biased in their study. They will receive more attention and are more likely to find problems and correct them. Overall, home-schooled children tend to score higher on the SAT or ACT than public school students (Ray Par3). Universities are also more likely to admit home- educated students. Because children can learn their own weak projects. Childrencanget all-round development if they are educated at home. 

From this picture, the researchers were able to clearly see that home-schooledstudents outperformed their state-schooled counterparts. They can get targeted education and improve themselves. That’s far more academically capable than state school kids, and far more likely to be admitted to college than state school kids.(RayPar5) 

Professor Terry mentioned that if students are in a public school, each student is at a different pace in class. The fast thinker will waste time waiting for the slow thinker before moving on to the next thing. So the public school classroom is relatively slow. If these fast learning children are home-schooled, sometimes they can even complete two years of work in a year. Because they don’t have to wait for slow kids (Goodfellow). 

Moreover, children who are educated at home are more likely to succeed (Gaille Par 20). Parents of home-educated children often take their children to public meetings or community activities to enrich their children’s experience and broaden their horizons. Compared with their peers, such children are very creative because they are good at finding new things. Children who engage in regular activities simply outperform their peers. Children who go to public schools may use a few hours on weekends to take part in activities or a few hours after school to join school clubs. But students are usually with their peers. And home-schooled kids are always involved in real community activities, volunteering, voting and so on. Their thinking and behavior will be more mature than their peers, and they will be better at finding problems. 

Third, home-schooled children have parents who want their children to learn some religious principles or some classical languages. Before the mid 1900’s, education was not developed, there was no concept of public school. People have always taught their children at home, for religious purposes, to give them the right to education, which evolved into schools and evolved into what we now know as public schools (” Homeschooling Isn’t” Par1).

Moreover, the earliest Homeschooling has always been recognized.

In particular, some children have been home-schooled to be protected, to learn some of their own language, and some of their own religion at home. They are trying not to assimilate into the general trend of public schools. These home-schooled children will have their own ideas, and their ideas are not tainted by the general trend. Studies have shown that home-schooled adults are more tolerant of politics than those educated in public schools. Children who go to public universities only learn about history in textbooks and what their teachers tell them, and their thoughts are limited to the pros and cons of historical figures and events. On the other hand, home-schooled children are able to make their own evaluations and opinions on relevant historical events without following textbooks.

Over time, children educated at home will gradually have their own ideas and behave in a more decent way. 

In conclusion, homeschooling helps children to learn better, makes their learning more targeted, and helps children to be more successful. To a certain extent, if a family has a child with some kind of illness or other problems that can’t get to school. The government has the right to subsidize children’s schooling or to help sick children receive complete schooling at home. Such as helping to find academic tutors, financially supporting the families, helping the children arrange family gatherings, allowing the children to have activities at home and so on. Even if the child does not have any illness, it is a good choice for the child to receive familyeducation at home. The children can maintain a good relationship with their parents and shorten the distance between their relatives. Generally, family education can bring untold benefits to children.

Works Cited 

Gaille, Louise. “15 Critical Homeschooling Pros and Cons.”, Accessed 20 June, 2021. 

Goodfellow, Terry. Personal interview. 7 July 2021. 

“Homeschooling Isn’t New: A Brief History of Education.”, 28 January, 2020. isnt-new-brief-history-education Accessed 20 June, 2021. 

Pickhardt, Carl E. “Rebel with a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence” Psychologytoday. adolescence/200912/rebel-cause-rebellion-in-adolescence Accessed 13 July, 2021

Ray, Brain D. “Homeschooling: The Research.” 2021. Accessed 13 July, 2021. 

Speer, Scott, director. Midnight Sun. 2018. 

“Homeschooling Isn’t New: A Brief History of Education.”, 28 January, 2020. isnt-new-brief-history-education Accessed 20 June, 2021.

Written by Jiatong Li

Is it a good idea to homeschool?

What is the history of homeschooling in the United States?

Homeschooling in the United States, a long and complex history. Which has become influenced by various factors such as religious beliefs. Moreover, educational philosophies, and legal and social attitudes towards education.

One of the earliest examples of homeschooling in America dates back to the colonial era, when parents were responsible for teaching their children basic literacy and practical skills such as farming and housekeeping. However, as public education became more prevalent in the 19th and 20th centuries, homeschooling became less common.

The modern homeschooling movement began to gain momentum in the 1970s and 1980s. Moreover, largely as a response to dissatisfaction with the quality and content of public education. As well as concerns about the moral and religious values taught in schools. Homeschooling became also seen as a way for parents to provide a more individualized and flexible education for their children.

However, not legally recognized in all states until the 1990s.

Prior to that, homeschooling families faced legal challenges and obstacles, including accusations of truancy and legal battles with school districts and state authorities. In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Wisconsin v. Yoder that Amish families had the right to educate their children at home based on their religious beliefs. This decision paved the way for broader recognition of homeschooling as a legitimate educational option.

Today, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, although the laws and regulations governing homeschooling vary widely from state to state. Some states require homeschooling families to register with the state, submit educational plans or portfolios, or provide regular assessments or evaluations of their children’s progress. Other states have few or no requirements for homeschooling families.

Despite the legal recognition of homeschooling, it remains a controversial issue in some circles.

With some critics arguing that homeschooling can lead to social isolation, lack of accountability, and educational deficiencies. Supporters of homeschooling point to the flexibility, individualization, and family-centered approach of homeschooling, as well as the academic success of many homeschooled students.

Wellesley College Education Professor Emerita Barbara Beatty | Universal Pre-K
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