The Benefits of Homeschooling
In today’s American society, quality education is important for one to succeed. Without proper education, a person will find it extremely difficult to apply for college, a job, or to pursue his or her dream. Typically when Americans think of education, public education is the first to come to mind. Public education has been around for centuries and is provided to most children throughout the United States. Due to this fact, public education has been the go to education source for years. Though, this trend is slowly changing with many parents deciding to home school their children instead. Many factors are the cause for this issue, but the common arguments arise from a certain few. For students, public school provides many opportunities ranging from social connections, school sports, and the exposure to teachers who are experts in their fields. But homeschooling is often superior because it offers additional time for students to participate in various extracurricular activities and community service, allows for more individual attention, personal character development, and it offers less exposure to discrimination that is received in the public school environment.
One might ask why some parents decide to home school their children rather than send them to public school to receive a traditional public education. In his article, “What Have We Learned About Homeschooling,” Eric Isenberg offers data which says, “Families choose to homeschool their children for both academic and religious reasons” (407). Even so, most people claim that public school offers the perfect environment for learning and developing. They argue
that students who attend public school will be better prepared for a public learning environment than home schooled students when they go to college. This is because public school students will have already gained past experience concerning how classrooms work. Therefore, the students will be familiar and comfortable with the idea of learning in a public environment. In addition to learning in a public environment, students will gain personal peer-to-peer social skills that can only be acquired from involvement in an everyday public school routine. Those against homeschooling continue to argue that students who are homeschooled often lack this everyday peer-to-peer social interaction. They claim that homeschooled students will find it difficult to properly communicate with their colleagues, subordinates and or leaders once placed in the work force. Therefore, most claim that being immersed in a public classroom environment regularly is often essential to developing successful socially interactive citizens.
In addition to offering an ideal social environment for developing socially interactive citizens, some claim that public schools create the perfect social environment for students of all ages to express their thoughts, opinions, and emotions with other students. As for most social...