The American Educational System is not what it used to be. Many people fear the falling standards of the United States’ public school system. What with the harsh social environment, the controversial curriculum, the overpaid, corrupt teachers with their own agenda, and the exposure to horrifying new ideas and ways of thinking; Or at least this is what the paranoid parents of the United States have led themselves to believe. Anything looks bad when you look at it in such harsh light. Granted, there are a few (or several ) flaws in the Public Educational System but rather than make an attempt to help fix these problems, parents take it upon themselves to educate their own children and “fix” them. This alternative form of education known as Home School gives parents the opportunity to teach their children as they see fit. However, this method of schooling can prove to be more harmful to the child rather than helpful.
It’s no secret that most parents want what’s best for their children. Well, at least what’s best for them according to the parents’ definition of “best”. From childhood to the majority of adolescence, the child has no say in the decisions their parents make for them or how their parents raise them. So, for reasons known only to them, some parents will choose not to place their child in public schools and educate their precious bundles of joy themselves. As of Spring 2007, an estimated 2.9% of children are being home schooled in the United States alone. That’s over 1.5 million students. (IES)
Parents’ reasoning for home-schooling their children is really no secret either. A survey taken in 2007 has shown the kinds of motivation parents have for educating their own offspring: 35% of parents home-schooled their kids for religious and moral instruction (Indoctrination and Brainwashing); 21% were concerned about the public school environment; 17% were dissatisfied with the public schools’ current curriculum; 7% of parents were interested in “non-traditional” teaching methods; 4% educated their children due to special needs; 2% had children with mental/physical health problems; and the rest of the 14% had their own special reasons for home-schooling their kids (other) (IES); but these statistics alone don’t explain why Home School is detrimental to a youth’s development. The answer as to why home-schooling is more harmful than helpful lies with the parents themselves and their reasons for doing so.
One of the main flaws with the Home School ideology is the student’s lack of social development. Now, there are some kids that are pulled from public schools by their parents for the reasons previously listed so that their education may be furthered at home, so, at the very least, they’ve had some exposure to the social element that public schools provide. Unfortunately, the same cannot...