I believe that parents should not be able to home school their children. One reason I believe this is because parents are not qualified to teach. Teachers have to go through five years of university to be qualified to teach. Parents that home school go through none. Children taught through home schooling might have a weaker foundation because their parents do not understand the curriculum they are teaching. Some may argue that people have special needs to attend to and can't go to a traditional school. I agree that this is the case with some students. However I believe parents should hire a private tutor that is familiar with the curriculum and is trained to teach.
I believe that children should be allowed to be home schooled. There are many reasons why I think this. For example, Freedom of Religion is part of Americans' First Amendment rights. If a family had religious beliefs that opposed what is taught in public schools, then it is their First Amendment right to home school their children using a curriculum that allows them to follow their religion. Some people might say that parents are not qualified to educate their children. However, it has been shown that hard work and dedication are a bigger part of education than training. Also, even if home schooled children are taught by "unqualified" parents, they still score as well or better on mandatory state tests.This shows that they are just as well educated as any student at a public school.
I agree that having a religion apposed to a nearby school may cause you to avoid that school. However there are schools with no specific or assigned religion. It is your right to attend a school with no assigned religion. You also have a right not to participate in this part of the school day. Another thing to consider is that many schools have free extra curricular activities after school. This includes learning a sport and joining a team, art classes, learning an instrument, and many other options. If your child is not in a school they may miss out on these activities. Some people say that kids can attend outside classes. This is a valid argument. However, many parents cannot afford to send their children to many classes so their child cannot learn these skills. Another reason not to home school your child is that they will not be in contact with other children and will not develop strong social skills which are vital in a work environment.
While it is true that schools are secular and will not force children to be a certain religion, there is more than one reason why someone may be home schooled. For example, some children have medical needs that literally prevent them from going to school. If home schooling was not allowed, what would happen to these kids? Would they be expected to miss out on their education? Also, though it is true that home schooled kids don't interact with other kids in a school environment, it doesn't mean that they will be lacking in social skills or that they will be too sheltered to function in the outside world. Society is pervasive. There is no way to shield a child so much that they would have no idea what's going on. Plus, a lot of kids who are home schooled actually have difficulty in social situations at school. If a kid is bullied a lot, then it's the natural next step to home school them so they don't have to deal with the everyday emotional stress they would experience. At the end of the day, I do agree that home schooling is a controversial topic that has no clear cut right answer. However, I do believe that with proper monitoring and curriculum, parents can home school kids and successfully raise intelligent, aware citizens who can contribute to society.
Reasons for voting decision: Con did not provide any proof of his claims, only his opinion of Parents not having the qualification of teaching. However Pro showed that many children score atleast average compared to others. Both sides agreed that children who have special circumstances may need to stay home, hence Con conceding a part of his debate to Pro. Con had no liable refutations. Pro was much more factual and convincing. Period.
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