Pros and Cons of Home Schooling Essay

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Pros and Cons of Home Schooling

In 1999, the US Department of Education estimated there were 850,000 home schooled children across America. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, between 1.5-1.9 million children are now being home schooled in grades K-12. Why are so many parents taking their children’s education into their own hands? Most parents say it is necessary because they want their children to learn at their own pace. Others say it is for safety concerns or that they want to tailor their child’s education to suit his/her needs. Whatever the reason, it is a growing trend in America.(Walsh, Mary (2001). Human Events. (57))

Many companies now sell home schooling curricula for parents
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Many parents have grown weary of public schools insisting that they could do a better job than many teachers. Violence in schools and the increasing number of children in the public school system has led parents to look for alternatives that might give their children the advantage later in life.

Many parents feel that the public school system spends entirely too much time reviewing material over and over when children could be learning about new topics. In a job market that is becoming highly specialized many parents wonder what the advantages are to a standard public education when their child could learn, for example, specialized computer skills at a much younger age. This would give the parent’s child a head start in that particular field. The idea of a general education is something that belongs in the past some parents might say. What about the social ramifications to home schooling a child? How will a home schooled child react to group setting when he/she goes to college or enters the workplace?

Many proponents of public schools say that the social scenarios in public schools are necessary for a child to grow emotionally and socially. How can a home schooled child learn to deal with peer pressure or bullies without ever having experienced it himself? Public education has other advantages. There is a vast wealth of resources in public schools. Obviously this will depend on where you live. One advantage is that a student can get a wide

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