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Darias
Pro (for)
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viniseravo
Con (against)

How do you feel about homeschooling?

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Started: 12/2/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 4 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Darias

Pro

To my mind, homeschooling is an idea worth considering for those who want to keep strong bonds with their children and simply be there for them on numerous stages of their development. It allows you to hold a good record of their progress, to identify their strengths and particular interests and tailor your children's education to what they are best at and most passionate about.
One of the apparent advantages is the broad character and flexibility of the curriculum, as well as present-day diversity of online materials and existing philosophies & methods to implement while bringing school to your home. Furthermore, for those who cannot make up their minds there exist a number of organizations that are to provide support and guidance (not restrictions, you see) for parents willing to educate their children at home, as for example the HEA (Home Education Association) in Australia very well does.
Another obvious fact that gives homeschooling the edge over traditional school practice is that the children are not under any kind of stress usually connected with assignments/ deadlines/ credits/ exams, there is no pressure to keep up with classmates or the tendency to feel insecure if they can't memorize the material as fast as the other kids. Their education brings much more fun with it and suffices their interests; they practically have more time to carry out experiments, elaborate on important matters, do some valuable research... so it seems to me like a reasonable conclusion here that they get a more profound or balanced knowledge. By the way, according to some studies conducted in the USA in as long as 2011, the majority of homeschooled children between the ages of 5 & 10 achieved higher standardized scores compared to their counterparts, and another studies that examined the impact of homeschooling on students' GPAs, discovered that homeschooled students had higher high school GPAs than conventional ones.
Staying at home also means staying safe and discussing sensitive issues only when the child feels to be ready. The parents get some control over what the children are exposed to, and it's a good way to guard them from school gangs, violence, bullying, peer pressure and other potential problems that might take place in school.
Although it is believed sometimes that homeschooled children lack self-confidence and have problems integrating themselves in the society due to the absence of this competitiveness and huge mass of socialization opportunities that are typically provided by conventional school experience, as far as I know, these children are usually engaged in the work of some clubs, interest groups and other organizations that are there in their home community or city and open to anyone willing to take part. This way, they compensate this time that is essential to be spent with their peers and people of other age groups and social positions. The children get opportunities to learn how to cooperate with others, grasp the idea of team work, in other words, they advance socially & personally. But most importantly, those who are homeschooled get more valuable time with their mums and dads, who instill and nurture their best qualities (since upbringing has always been the primary responsibility of parents) and grow up to be confident, self-sufficient and more creative individuals.
viniseravo

Con

In my opinion, homeschooling is a very delicate discussion about the new ways of schooling and the future of education.
Nowadays, with the increase of bullying cases and violence inside the schools all over the world, some parents are opting to educate their children in home. In this situations we need to discuss about this way of education and scholarization.
Here in Brazil the discussions about homeschooling are still in an initial process. As the Law says, any child need to be regularly registered in the schools (particular or public) and there's a governmental institution who inspects the frequency of those childs in the schools. Even if this child is receiving particular classes as a homeschooling, he still need to go to the school. The data took from the ANED - Associa""o Nacional de Educa""o Domiciliar (National Association of Domiciliar Education) in 2017 show there's about 3,200 families in Brazil who educate their children with this system. Truly it's still illegal, but if you prove your child is having an education which follows the Common Curricular Base and with a professional teacher, the Justice give you permission to continue this method.
The psychopedagogue Elo"sa Lima still says and believe in the school as the most important appliance for the formation of the kids because this space promove a convivence and shows the differences of opinions and people. According to her, the pressure of having the parents is too big and can be prejudicial to the learning of the child. Her study shows that very rarely, this child will have the same conditions in terms of mental development and reasoning as well as emotional of those who have learned and get educated in an interactive and dynamic way, as the ambient of tradicional school.
Because of that, I tend to disagree with this system o education. The study of psychopedagogue still shows that homeschooling does not accelerate the learning process in any way due to individualized teaching. Learning content faster because of intensive instruction does not mean that the child is able to express their ideas, interact with people and present experiences. Finally, if the child does not adapt to a given educational institution, parents should seek solutions to solve the impasse at school and not simply choose homeschooling.
Debate Round No. 1
Darias

Pro

The prevalent adherence to conventional schools is quite understandable, but nonetheless, it does not mean that these local schools, which children are normally expected to attend, are better equipped with all the necessary vivid materials and facilities or have the best trained & professional teachers. Here, homeschool excels. Though it might be relatively expensive for parents to purchase all the books and supplies, they are naturally more interested in providing their children with the teaching materials of high-quality, that are selected on the base of a child's individual needs and capacities. All in all, homeschooling achieves its overriding goal "to teach" consummately.
Since a homeschooled child's education is managed by the same person over a long period of time, the education can be consistent with a long-term plan in which each topic taught and the experience gained benefits those that have come before. Parents are intimately involved with the students over students' lives; they understand the child's experiences and background and use that knowledge to design future educational activities.
One of the factors that is known to be extremely important when educating a child is the teacher-to-student ratio - that is, the number of students for which a teacher is responsible. Other factors include the degree of connection present between teacher and student and the amount of dedication a teacher has to a specific child. But who can be more dedicated to helping a child learn successfully than that child's parent? Parents love their children and dedicate their lives to helping their children grow to maturity. So, no one is more dedicated to a child than the parent. Besides, homeschooling is done largely on a one-on-one basis; there can't be a better teacher-to-student ratio than that.
Effectiveness of this type of education is exemplified not only by the high SAT scores of homeschooled children, but also by the fact that many homeschoolers become sought-after for higher education. Many colleges and universities are now changing their admission practices to accept applications from children who have never been to school, in fact. Furthermore, the faculties are actually encouraging homeschoolers to apply for admission. There's no reasonable doubt that these homeschooled kids will become in future self-directed learners and reliable employees.
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