Home-schooling is bad for students
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Let's not forget the studies that show that the home-schooled have better studying strategies and that they're more self-disciplined than other students.
I shall start be defining our topic.
Home schooling, the act of educating children at home, is bad, causes more harm than good.
Our value, judging standard, is pretty clear. We are judging based on the impact to students who are home schooled and the general populace at large.
I would like to say one more thing before I begin my arguments in earnest. I by no means am arguing that all home-schooling is bad all the time. I am simply arguing that in general, home-schooling causes more harm than good.
My first argument is that home schooling is bad because it deprives children of social interaction with their peers. Humans, especially children, are social animals. As Global Post points out in an article by Alissa Fleck and Demand Media, "'Parent & Child' magazine notes that children who do not socialize experience major problems in adulthood." (1) Children who are home-schooled do not get the opportunity to experience education with their peers.
At school children are exposed to many other people. They get to practice social interactions. Depriving children of this environment, of this experience is simply immoral, it is wrong, and it is bad.
My second argument is that Home-schooling is bad because it deprives children of the mixing pot experience that they experience at "normal" schools.
At "normal" schools children learn about other cultures from more than just a dusty textbook. They learn about other cultures first hand. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, in 2012 49% of students enrolled in public elementary schools were nonwhite. (2)
The diverse environment in America"s public schools is very valuable in the development of young people. Depriving children of exposure to other cultures is simply not right.
My third and final argument is that home-schooled students are put on an unfair playing field with the rest of Americas students. My opponent is correct in stating that homeschooled students get better test scores than public school students. However is this a good thing for a society? Not all families can afford to home school their children. In many families both parents work full time jobs. Therefore is it fair that children that are from more financially prosperous families get to receive a better education? This inequality continues the inequality which is already a huge issue throughout the world.
Thank you all for your time! I look forward to my opponent"s response!
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