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Started: 11/28/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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For many different reasons, there are parents out there who feel that public, or even private schools, aren’t the right environments for their children to thrive in education. People who feel strongly about this matter often opt to homeschool their kids.
Firstly, you make the decision about what your children learn. You have total control over what subjects your children are learning. Secondly, you make the decisions about how your children learn. There is no way a school classroom can tailor its teaching style for each child. Yet each child differs. As a home schooling parent, you can teach your child in the style that best fits him or her, and you can tweak your teaching style as needed. Thirdly, you get to choose the curriculum. You can decide how many books, worksheets, crafts, and so forth that your student does. You can reject or accept aspects of various curricula and/or design your own. And finally, your child gets one-on-one instruction. Time and again, studies have shown that children learn well with individual instruction.
I think that homeschooling may be a good way for children, but at the same time it has some disadvantages.
First of all, flexible schedule. While this also appears in the list of pros above, the lack of structure may cause problems for some families. Then, being taught by non-teachers. Can parents handle the tough material? Teachers are required to go to school for a reason. Also, time commitment. Many parents spend lots of time educating their children. Doing it well requires consistent dedication.
And what do you think about it?


There are many reasons why I think homeschooling doesn't really work. The biggest reasons being the parents and the lack of a school environment. Correct me if I am wrong, but there aren't really much regulations in most of the states in United States or even most of the other countries. Usually the requirement is only a high school diploma which I don't think really qualifies you as a teacher compared to the qualifications actual teachers need to get. Sure there are parents who are great teachers, but then there are those that think they are great teachers when they are actually not.
Now if I am not wrong, kids only have two parents, and the majority of schools in developed countries certainly have more than two teachers. Can the parents really handle teaching so many subjects at once? I see you mentioned that the parents have total control over what subjects their children learn and they can make the decisions for how they are taught. But how would the parents even know what subjects are the best for them? The reason we have to learn everything up until college is because most kids really don't know what they want to do in the future so learning a large variety of subjects keep the options open. Parents really don't have the right to make this decision for their kids.
Then comes the time and resources needed for education, it is very difficult to balance teaching a kid and having a full time job even if both parents are teaching. You are basically taking the role of full time teachers. And quitting your jobs would always hurt you financially.
Lastly, the social environment you get from normal schools. One of the biggest opportunities for interactions for children is school, and if you take that away, there isn't much else. Sure you can take your kids out, but the quiet and introverted kids would just not interact with anyone. School forces kids to interact with each other and acquire social skills that are much needed for most jobs.
There are some more smaller points but I think these sums them up.
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