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DNehlsen
Pro (for)
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Grandzam
Con (against)

Is Homeschooling Beneficial?

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Started: 2/6/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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DNehlsen

Pro

I'd like to have a discussion about homeschooling. I, in the position of Pro, will be arguing that homeschooling is by all means benefitial to students, while con will be arguing that it is not.

I'd like to splits this debate into 4 parts.

1) Acceptance Only
2) Primary Arguments, No Rebuttals
3) Rebuttals, plus optional additional arguments.
4) Rebuttals, and Conclusion. No new arguments.

I hope for a good and productive debate with whomever may accept.
Thank You
Grandzam

Con

I accept. Lets have a good debate.
Debate Round No. 1
DNehlsen

Pro

An Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. How do Homeschoolers Fare Academically?
  3. Do Homeschoolers Miss Out?
  4. Conclusion
  5. Sources

Introduction
Homeschooling is a surprisingly controversial subject in society today. In our own Debate.org site, we see 29% of all users are against homeschooling. (1.1) If you read the comments, at least a third of ‘Pro’ voters also give an answer along the lines of ‘It should be legal I guess, but I don’t really like it.’ Despite this, approximately 1.8 million students in America are homeschooled – That’s about 3.4%. This is an increase of over 60% in the last ten years. (1.2; 1.3) Since more and more parents are choosing to homeschool, we should ask and reflect – Is homeschooling good? Is it beneficial? Is it preferable?

How do Homeschoolers Fare Academically?
I'd like to open my defense for homeschooling with the most important piece of information. Homeschoolers observably perform better in terms of academic achievement. In terms of testing, home schoolers perform at least an entire grade ahead of your average public schooler. Some studies have found that on a 4 point GPA scale, homeschoolers outperform by up to 0.4 points. Not only do they perform better in terms of grades and regular testing, but they also outperform public schoolers on SAT and ACT tests. Because of their superior ACT and SAT scores, homeschooled students are also more likely to be accepted into college, and because of their superior grade averages, are more likely to graduate as well.

The academic achievement of homeschooled students is nearly entirely uneffected by household income, or the personal background of the parent. No significant difference in performance has been recorded based upon these variables. (2.1; 2.2; 2.3)

Do Homeschoolers Miss Out?
One argument commonly brought up against homeschooling is that the students will be missing out on social interaction, or extracurricular activities. This however is simply untrue. In many psychological studies done on the matter, homeschoolers have repeatedly been found to take no issue in communication, socialization or overall maturity. In fact, not only do they take no issue, but they are often found to rank superior to their public schooling peers.

Homeschoolers have plenty of oppotunity to socialize. Many homeschoolers are involved in sports, church activities, scout groups, etc. Research also suggests that homeschoolers are more likely to be involved in volunteer work, and community service. Studies also suggest that homeschoolers are more likely to be involved and interested in politics. As adults, they are thus more likely to vote be involved within the community. Because of the independence of others that homeschooling provides, students are also found to have higher results of maturity on psychological testing. Studies suggest that public schooling, is actually hostile towards the social development of children, as well as growth in maturity and responsibility. Because of the nature of homeschooling, students are more likely to know what they want to do after high school, and are more likely to have a grasp on their beliefs and why they have them. (3.1; 3.2; 3.3)

It is observable that homeschooled students are far less likely to be involved in alcohal use, and/or drug abuse. (3.4) Because of the flexibility of the homeschool schedule it is also only logical to conclude that getting a job is easier and more enjoyable.

Conclusion
Based on the information presented before you, I find it only logical to conclude that homeschooling should not only be allowed but encouraged in society today. Study after study shows that homeschoolers are more put together as they walk through life. They have better academic achievments in life, and are at no disadvantage in social enviorments. Homeschooled students are less likely to be involved in illegal activity and unhealthy peer pressure such as drinking or drug abuse. I look forward to seeing my opponents case, and wish him the best of luck.

Sources:

Introduction
(1.1) http://www.debate.org...
(1.2) https://www2.ed.gov...
(1.3) http://www.cnsnews.com...

How do Homeschoolers Fare Academically
(2.1) https://www.nheri.org...
(2.2) http://www.home-school.com...
(2.3) http://www.businessinsider.com...

Do Homeschoolers Miss Out
(3.1) https://www.nheri.org...
(3.2) http://www.home-school.com...
(3.3) http://finehomeschooling.com...
(3.4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...;

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Posted by Grandzam 1 year ago
Grandzam
it isnt but that is why I awarded conduct
Posted by DNehlsen 1 year ago
DNehlsen
I understand that, but I don't find it to be grounds to completely ignore the debate altogether.
Posted by Grandzam 1 year ago
Grandzam
Word count was in the rules of the debate. Using a doc is cheating
Posted by DNehlsen 1 year ago
DNehlsen
I find your response to be at least logical, although I disagree with your conclusions on the matter. I gave most of my reasoning's in my vote. I don't find word count terribly relevant. I would gladly read a 20,000 word debate given by somebody as long as it was relevant. The problem is that he made his claim yet his opponent never made any comment or effort towards it. I find that to be terrible conduct. Because she failed to defend her point she loses both the argument and conduct in my book. I also stated why she lost the sources too. Both had acceptable grammar so no opinion.
Posted by Grandzam 1 year ago
Grandzam
On the evolution debate, I highly believe that Pro won. Could you please read my vote again (I updated it) and tell me what you think?
Posted by Grandzam 1 year ago
Grandzam
On the big issues page on homeschooling my Pro comment is actually one of the top ones on the list lol
Posted by DNehlsen 1 year ago
DNehlsen
whom"ev"er
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pronoun: whomever

used instead of "whoever" as the object of a verb or preposition.
"I'll sing whatever I like to whomever I like"
Posted by sboss18 1 year ago
sboss18
...though I could just be talking out of my butt, not entirely sure.
Posted by sboss18 1 year ago
sboss18
@DNehlsen If you had just stated "I hope for a good and productive debate with whomever." then I agree the use would be correct, because a response could be "I will have a debate with *him*." But you ended the sentence with "...whomever *may accept*," which changes the grammar. The response to the statement is "He may accept," not "Him may accept," making "whomever" incorrect.
Posted by DNehlsen 1 year ago
DNehlsen
Actually whomever is completely correct in that used.

Beneficial: favorable or advantageous; resulting in good.
Based on this definition it is only logical to conclude that the question is in regard to public schooling, or private schooling depending depending on the point of view of debater 'Con.'
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