Pros and Cons of Home Schooling
Every parent is faced with the decision of whether or not to home school their child. While some families may find home schooling as being very helpful and beneficial to their child’s education, others may find that it is crucial their child be sent to a normal school. Some parents are hesitant to send their children to public school because of crime and lack of discipline and also because they fear that the quality of education is declining. Parents may also feel that sending their child to school will aid in their social development. Home schooling has both advantages and disadvantages which aid parents in this difficult decision.
Home schooling has been proven to result in higher test scores for students. This could possibly be a result of a more individualized learning environment where personal attention is always given. According to two Time reporters, “the average SAT score home schoolers in 2000 was 1100, compared with 1019 for the general population” (Cloud and Morse). The amount of time a child has been home schooled has a direct correlation with their performance on standardized tests. “Home-schooled pupils who took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills outscored public school students by 37 percentile points.” “On the Stanford Achievement Test, the advantage was 30 percentile points.” (Viadero) It is clear that home schooling does not hinder a child’s education.
While home schooled children may achieve academically higher than those not home schooled, socially, they may lack the skills acquired by interacting with other children throughout the day. “Learning in a group promotes social learning and values of citizenship” (“Home-Schooling”). Public and private schools provide a diverse environment where children may grow and learn about other cultures rather than their own. They will learn vital communication skills which will enable them to relate to other people better. When a child is home schooled they are not exposed to this. Rather than being with other children their own age all day, every day, they are only in close contact with their parents, seeing other children less often. Although communication skills will still be learned, they will not be on the same level as children in a public or private school.
Although this may be true, home schooled children have a wide variety of opportunities to interact with other home schooled students. Ray’s study shows that home schooled children “regularly participate in an average of five activities outside...