ABSTRACT: Home schooling is a controversial topic among educators. The issues that follow a child throughout their educational and social lives, are elevated when a child has been home schooled. There is no social environment for the child to learn to develop basic social skills; most home schooling environments are made up of a child, perhaps accompanied by a sibling, and the parent teaching the information given. There is no room for a developed personality that is constant with a child of equal age and grade in a normal schooling environment. Other problems include the quality of the teacher, lack of practice for standardized testing, bias grades, inconstant laws on home schooling from state to state, the overall education of a home schooled child, and the quality of the teacher. All these problems are explored, and discussed with in this essay.
There are many options for school that every child has. There is the option of private school, pubic school, boarding school, and home school. In the case of home schooling, there are simply too many disadvantages for the child though out the educational process. There are many reasons for home schooling a child. These reasons include, religious reasons, lack of a good public school district, and distrust of any school district for one’s child, to name a few. Many professionals are completely against the practice of home schooling, Thomas Shannon; executive director of the National School Board Association says that home schooling is “a giant step backward into the 17th century. (Stencel, 1994) These disadvantages include, grading, laws on home schooling, social atmosphere, education and the quality of the teacher.
Grading is a serious problem with regarding home schooling. There is simply no supervision for parents, when dealing with GPAs. All a parent needs in order to make a child’s grade official is to have a notarized person approve the grades, but today, it is easy for anyone to become notarized, including the child’s other parent, or member of the family. This leads to an ultimate advantage for the child’s GPA and disadvantage when they are placed in the wrong school, once home schooling is no longer an option. Another issue that is no yet faced, is that test scores of home – schooled students are statistically higher in situations where parents are administering in contrast to those situations in which teachers administered the exam, proving that there is a bias that parents have for their children, leading to another unfair advantage for children who are home schooled, that will lead to an ultimate disadvantage for their future education.
The laws on home schooling have also been deemed controversial. Every state has a different ruling on standards for home schooling. Some states are much stricter than other states, such as the case between North Carolina and New York. New York does not require parents to have specific qualifications for teaching, North Carolina does not. This...