In some cases homeschooling may be best. It may be the best way to educate the kid. Especially if the school environment is just too much and is interfering with the student's learning. This is up to the parents obviously. In some cases kids without disabilities are better off being homeschooled.
Parents have the right to raise their children in any way they so choose. They can spank, make children sit in the corner, or do chores. When it comes to education they should have the same right, whether their home schooling is better or worse, its their right to choose so.
Most students, once they get to higher grades, pass notes and a lot of classes have a class clown. The class clown always says some rude or inappropriate remark that is not needed. Homeschooling also helps parents be closer to their kids and they wont have to worry about them walking home or being on the bus with other kids who are allowed to make dirty remarks or say inappropriate words.
Beliefs of what should be taught to children vary widely from place to place and between religions. We already accept private schools as valid educational institutions. As long as these children are being educated it is not any one else's business what and how they are taught. Public schools even have different curriculum and quality standards.
This, of course, depends on the capabilities of the parent as a teacher and on the school's ability to provide appropriate services to students with disabilities. In many cases, the school district will be more than able to accommodate special needs of students, as it is required to by law. However, in some cases, a student may have so many or such particular challenges that one on one learning is more effective. In these cases, home-schooling might be a viable option, particularly if a parent is very skilled and a good educator.
Research has shown that students do better with individualized education, and homeschooling provides this much better than a public or even private school can. Parents can choose the curriculum that suits the needs of the students best, and give extra time to subjects that need it. In a classroom setting, because of the demands upon the teacher from other students and mandated curriculum, this is just not possible. One caveat would be that the parents would need to be able and willing to do this, because home-schooling is only a better choice if the parents are enthusiastic, regardless of the needs of the child.
Parents have a right to provide their child's education through homeschooling as long as the education allows the child to do well on standardized tests administered at public schools.
I feel that if a physically or mentally handicapped child is home-schooled they would miss out on so much. These children are going to have a harder time in life, period. But if they are sheltered during their childhood, I feel that they have an even worse chance for a successful life as an adult. A disabled child will learn to deal with others in a school setting. I have a 13-year old physically handicapped son who is in the 7th grade. We have thrown around the idea of home-schooling when times have gotten really tough for him, but he has always chosen to stay in school. He'd rather deal with harassment then lose the social interactions that he has.
I feel that it would probably not only benefit the physically or mentally handicapped student, it would probably benefit the other children. The reason why I say this is because it probably would pose less of a distraction for everyone involved. Also, I think it would probably cost the school system more money, because they would probably have to hire and employ a specialist.
Schools these days are in poor shape and many cannot provide proper care, support and education for their students, especially handicapped ones. They need more care and attention and special requirements that most schools do not have the resources to provide. Handicapped students that are home-schooled can be cared and educated by a person or people that know and and love them and can fit their needs accordingly.
They have a better advantage at home than at a school with lack of resources.
Parents definitely have the right to teach their children at home as long as they are qualified (i.e. reasonable educated themselves) and follow the regulations that are put forth by the state that they live in. I personally think that public schools teach things that home school cannot, like learning social skills and teaching children how to get along with others, but for some parent in very rural areas or in areas with undesirable schools, I can see why they would feel the need to take a hands on approach to making sure that their child does receive a good education.
A normal school atmosphere helped student to gain better opportunities of education. This is a good way for their mental and physical health. In a normal school, they can learn better comparatively to home education. A normal school provide many facilities for handicapped students.
I believe that although home-schooling may be an appropriate option for some handicapped students, most handicapped students would benefit from being in a normal educational setting depending on the extent of their handicap. It is wrong to state that a child should be home-schooled simply because he or she is handicapped. Children with handicaps deserve the opportunity to interact with other handicapped and non-handicapped peers in the less restrictive setting of public education in a public school if it is determined that this type of educational setting is best for that specific child.
Primary education is needed for socialization and integration skills. These are the ages where children are developing who they are and figuring out how they fit into society as a whole. Whether a child is handicapped or not, they need to experience the same type of integration and socialization at this age. I believe that homeschooling may do more harm then good for this reason.
Homeschooling can be a viable option for some families but not every family should be able to do it. If there were restrictions on who could home school their children the system could work better. Currently any parent, regardless of their own education level, can home school their child. I believe that this causes a great detriment to many home schooled children. Often times home schooled children lag behind their peers in various subjects, typically math and science skills. Additionally, a child who is exclusively home schooled in the home may never develop the social skills necessary to excel outside the home. Finally, numerous home schooled children do not move on to college because they are unprepared for the challenges college presents.
Putting disabled children into home-schooling will prevent them from developing social relations with their peers. Furthermore, it will make them think they are different, and better or worse, than kids without disabilities. We want children to believe that, even if they have a disability, they are just as much deserving as children without disabilities. Developing social relationships with other children can only be beneficial.
As a special educator, I have seen children in the public school system with all kinds of disabilities. And, with each case, I believe the child was better off being around other kids, his/her own age. Even if the student with the disability isn't able to perform academically at the same level of his/her peers, that child deserves the same right to socialize and interact with other children of the same age group. School is not just about learning ABC's and 123's. It's about learning how to be a human being, and how to exist in a world with other human beings. Everyone deserves that right.
Sending a student to a school does far more than educate them on things they will need to know. It also teaches them good values, such as teamwork. However, mentally handicapped students can be problematic in schools, depending on their mental inabilities. So, this topic is just short of an unfair question, as it doesn't specify just how handicapped the students are. If it is something as simple as ADHD, then they should stay in school. If it is something far more serious, like some form of cerebral palsy, then schooling may be a waste of time.
I think they have a right to an education, just as any other student, as long as they have the accredited teachers to teach them. I don't think it would be right to mainstream someone with special needs, if the teacher is not prepared properly. That would just cause more problems.
Being a physically handicapped person myself, I think we need an active environment to socially function, with a helper or not. Although homeschooling might be better for a personal situation, in general homeschooling for those who don't get out much will damage their future because they don't get much exposure to how the world outside family works. I think they need to be able to function without Mom or Dad to help, and to be able to cope with how others who are not familiar with them treat them.
The social experience that special needs kids is an important thing seeing as for some of them they only get the time in school to be part of the social scene and for most, services stop after high school. While public school may not be the best environment due to the activity of other children around them who swear and do inappropriate things, the special education teacher does what they can to control that and keep them away from that. Special needs kids help the other nondisabled kids at their school too and teach them lessons and vice versa. Public school for most special needs kids are the highlight of their life and is enjoyable for most.
While I do think home-schooling would allow parents to better cater to their handicapped children's needs, I also feel that those children would lose some valuable secondary benefits of regular schooling, like the challenge of competing with other children, as well as the opportunity to interact and socialize with them.