I want to first state that it is not my place to tell you what to do with your children. I simply write my ideas, theories, and opinions and have people comment on them in order to gain more insight to what people think of them. This article is not intended to offend those who home school, but rather challenge and identify the reasons why people are inclined to home school their children.
First and foremost, I am not someone who dislikes home schooling. In many aspects a home schooled education can far succeed a public or private school education. Parents that have the time, energy, and will to home school I commend you for you efforts. However, like every system I see flaws that I have to question.
As someone who went to a public school, my education was not only in academics, but also in interactions with others. I personally attended an inner city school with a large amount of diversity. I was able to interact with students that shared cultures from all of the world and who shaped and challenged my belief system. The public school was designed to not only educate in class, but outside of class as well. This remains a critical aspect to the school system and is crucial to a child’s education.
Home school students are often given opportunities in this social education, however it is difficult to replicate the diversity and environment of a school through home schooling. Of course, there are extra curricular activities that home school children can participate in, but this is a controlled environment in which all the students within the group share a common interest. This is great in terms of making friends and interacting with others, but offers limited diversity and doesn’t allow students to interact with others that have different likes and ideals.
Another potential flaw is the amount of time spent with parents. This sounds as if I don’t want parents to have control of their children, which I think they should have control of them, but I fear that with too much time spent with parents, children are often indoctrinated to their parents ideals. This of course, is dependent on the parents. However in an environment of over protective parents, children are often more likely to be at a disadvantage because they haven’t had the time to see other people’s views and perspectives. Public school challenges the perspectives and ideals of children in order for them to see the diversity of opinions and demonstrate the perspectives of others. It is with this that I often fear for children who are home schooled by parents who are over protective. The parents don’t give their child freedom to explore, and instead force ideas and only their perspective on their child. Of course, some people argue that public schools indoctrinate students with government agenda (which I don’t believe is true, but we all are entitled to our opinions).
There is no perfect solution to where to teach your child. Whether in a home school or public or private school environment, each has positives and negatives. Of the people I have recently polled, a majority admitted that home schoolers are often richer in academics but lack the social aspect in which public schoolers often thrive in. However, this is solely a small poll of ten people. I personally will put my children through public school as a way to encourage diversity and allow them to socialize in a school setting (which I often think is a microcosm of the world or community you live in).
However, those that told me that public school often are behind home schooling in academics, is why I have such a strong passion to improve and be involved in curriculum and the educational system. Since public education is accessible to all children, we must take a step forward in improving academics and catering to the future, instead of reprimanding American public education.
In order to grasp your take as to why you choose where you have your child please post a comment!
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