verthe last decade homeschool has become the best alternative to public schools.
In some cases, religious issues, standardized test success, teacher to studentratio, and variety of alternative teaching options for both homeschool learningand teaching parents/students. Furthermore, in some states, homeschoolers arehaving trouble with the failing public-school system. Homeschool parents arguethat while the public school might be great for some children, it may harmother children entering their first years of education who may be moreadvanced.Homeschoolinghas gained popularity not only in the in the United States but globally. andits popularity continues to grow among American families.
According to the U.SDepartment of Education, in 2003 there were 1.1 million children in grades K-12being homeschooled. The three most popular reasons for homeschooling wereconcerns about the safety of the environment of public schools, desire forreligious teachings or moral instruction, and lastly dissatisfaction with academicinstruction or individual instructor preparedness within the public-schoolsystem (2003 National Household Education Survey). Many parents havetransferred their children from traditional schools to homeschooling theirchildren because of certain religious beliefs and issues that some families seeas not being instructed in the public-school system. As Michel Martin, host of”Tell Me More” from NPR News, stated and according to the National Center forEducation Statistics, the number one reason that parents use for. homeschoolingtheir children is to provide religious and moral instruction. (Martin p.
10,2013) Many parents opt for this method because most public schools do notparticipate in religious activities and parents want their children to alsoreceive religious education, aside from their everyday common studies. Religion,plays a major role because of the beliefs and things they value and some parentsbelieve that by allowing their children to attend in a public-school it willtamper with their beliefs and decrease their values. According to the NewJersey School Board Association, the Supreme Court ruling of Engle v. Vitale in1962, which opined that U.S.
Constitution prohibits schools from proselytizingreligion to children, made it difficult for school districts to determine whatexactly constitutes proselytizing children or school sponsorship of religiousactivities. There are various religious organizations encouraging parents tomake a sacrifice for their children and give homeschooling a chance. Although,there are many people choosing this method of education because of religiousreasons, many parents who are not religious are choosing to homeschool becauseof the opportunities it opens up for their children and them.Homeschooling,is also appealing to parents and students because of the variety of optionsthat are available. One of these options being the curriculum, unlike publicschools, where the curriculums are based off of the school calendar and studentshave no choice, homeschool students and their parents have the freedom tochoose what it is they want to instruct that day based on what the child wantsto learn. Ultimately, this is better method for the student sine they are ableto expand their learning and not feel constrained with the same set ofstandards as a regular public-school attendee. As Mrs. Gardner a homeschoolingmother of one, who studied at La Trobe University and is a qualified teacherresponded to the question of, “What exactly does a typical day involve?”.
“Anything and everything, Mrs. Gardner says, “fromdoing chores to reading and drawing, designing games on the computer, playingwith Legos, and completing puzzles, there’s also time for a bounce on thetrampoline, and PlayStation”. Thus, giving thechild different options to learn specific things that they may or may not havelearned in public school. Otheroptions for homeschoolers include the number of resources they have availableto them, such as education based software, online tutorials with videoassistance, web-based learning, and an ample variety of textbook. Many of thesetools can be applied and used for high school or college level learning,depending on the ability of the child.
Many of the products needed forhomeschooling can be accessed from multiple distributors or Umbrella schools(cover schools) which can serve as a legal protection for from education statelaws. Such schools can legitimize homeschooling and parents can buy or receive anythingthey want from curriculums, books, and computer based training for theirchildren. With the growth of homeschooling being between 7 and 15% annually,the market for this type of schooling is growing at a steady rate and is worthabout $850 million in curriculum and resources. With ample options of learningand teaching available, it is easy to see why many parents prefer homeschoolinga method of education.
With homeschooling, parents are able to focus on thesubjects of education that are the most beneficial to their children in helpingthem succeed on standardized tests and be accepted into good colleges oruniversities.Formany years now, reports have shown that homeschool students have averagedhigher scores on standardized tests than public school students. In 2002 theaverage SAT score was 1020 for public school students and homeschoolers achievedan average score of 1092 (Beato, Greg). In 2003 there were 248 homeschooledstudents who achieved semifinalist status in the National Merit Scholarshipprogram with 109 winning awards (Beato, Greg).
Other tests such as the ACT,homeschoolers averaged a 22.6 where public school students only averaged a 20.9(Beato, Greg). However, like public schools, some homeschool students do betterthan others, but the average is just a little bit higher for homeschool basedlearning. Some of the success on these tests is due to the fact that parentshave the ability to focus more closely on subjects that will most likely appearon standardized tests whereas some public schools lack the time and have tospeed through subjects in order to allot time for other subjects, sacrificing studentswho may not completely understand. Other reasons for homeschooling success isthe fact that the students are in a safe environment free of drugs, violence, anddiscrimination where kids can focus on nothing other than learning which inturn will promote higher academic success.
With parents spending much of theirtime and energy into educating their child, the result is a quality education comparedto the public-school setting where teachers base learning on how much wascovered and not how much the students actually learned. Public school teachersare at a disadvantage and do not have the ability to have a personal learningenvironment where it is one on one rather than one teacher for thirty students.Whilemost people envision homeschooling as a child kept in the home and is secludedfrom the rest of the world, it has become just the opposite of that.
Homeschoolers enjoy most of the opportunities and are as much involved in theworld as public-school students (Teicher, Stacy). While most students are crammedin over populated classrooms, homeschool students can enjoy individualattention. As more people start to realize the pros of homeschooling, they willsoon realize that there is a powerful alternative to public and privateschooling where education is not the best for public and private school’s costsare sometimes not affordable. Homeschooling will be the best option for parentswho want their children to experience a better education and succeed incollege, without taking out a second mortgage or get tied up in debt to pay forprivate school or waste valuable time in public school. Withmore and more students graduating high school poorly educated and not by anymeans ready to compete for jobs in the real world, it is no surprise thathomeschooling seems like a good idea to most parents. While some thinkhomeschooling will be premier method of education is heading into the future,some believe it is a jump back to the future which is a good thing (Lyman,Isabel).
It goes back to the old times when kids were taught in their homes andwould actually learn something during a day of school. Many people choose tohomeschool because they believe that public schools have lost the meaning ofwhat a school should be for children and why they are put in society. With mostschools just passing kids through school instead of taking the time to actuallyteach them, they are taking away from their future and leaving them with noskills to bring to society to improve it. Additionally, with the growing populationof kids being homeschooled it is no surprise that more people are starting torealize the benefits of homeschooling and seeing it as a positive alternativeto public schools. Furthermore, as some states are having problems withregulations, and religion teachings homeschool parents and students can enjoythe freedom to practice as they please. Lastly, homeschooling is the bestalternative to traditional public schooling idea because of religious issues,its proven success on standardized tests, curriculum flexibility, and the ofthe most important things being family time. Time to develop a generation ofeducated and skilled individuals.