Where do you go to school? What clubs do you belong to? What sports do you play? These are all typical questions that teenagers ask one another in everyday casual conversations. Stereotypically, when the answer is simply that a child home-schools, often times they are looked at in a predetermined persona as if they are a weird, deprived, unsocialized individual who doesn’t know the first thing about life. The often received response of “Oh, you’re one of those people” is usually the norm. The following essay will expel several of the myths associated with today’s home-schooled students providing statics and support as to why home education is the better choice over public school education.
Ironically, in the beginning of the 1900’s, when our nation was evolving and becoming recognized as an actual world power, we were doing it with individuals who were educated primarily at home or in a one room school house. The children were also held accountable for their work, actions, successes, and failures. The children weren’t expected to spend countless hours roaming the crowded halls of an overpopulated school, all the while engrossing themselves with the “busy” work they were assigned; similar to the way public schools are operating today. Today, the system is broken. Changes in policy such as “no child left behind” are offering a cookie-cut-out solution to a situation involving children who don’t learn from a “cookie-cut-out” mold. Case and point to the failing public school system would be representative of the exponentially increasing numbers of children converting to home education. In 1960, home-schooling children numbered a mere 10,000 – 15,000 students which has grown to a number of over one million children in 2001, currently growing at a rate of 11% per year. Additionally, “some colleges, like Kennesaw State University in Georgia, aggressively recruit homeschoolers” (Groberg).
Many people don’t understand why a parent would choose to home school their child or even believe that spending every day with today’s teenager would even be a possibility. Same sentiment is often shared with many teens who don’t believe they could be at home all day with their parent or parents. That thought is quickly extinguished for many families when they think about the reasons in support of homeschooling their child. Justifications families establish for their decision to homeschool are varied. “48.9% of parents in a survey stated their reason for wanting an alternative to public school was that they could give their child a better education at home. Another 25% gave the reason that public school offered a poor learning environment and another 11% say the public school did not challenge their child” (Groberg). Many parents who decide to homeschool their child are doing so for the betterment of their well being and because their educational needs aren’t being met in the classroom.
Many families also believe schools are becoming too...