POSITION PAPER: HOMESCHOOLING VS PUBLIC EDUCATION 1 Position Paper: Homeschooling vs Public School Marilyn Ali ENGL 112 Professor Tschetter DeVry University June 25th, 2013 POSITION PAPER: HOMESCHOOLING VS PUBLIC EDUCATION 2 Homeschooling vs Public Education Homeschooling has become a popular alternative to the traditional public school system. Homeschooling provides children with a safe environment, and it helps to bring the family closer together. Typically, homeschooled children score higher than public school children do on standardized achievement tests, and above average on college entrance exams. Critics feel that schooling children at home is not a viable form of education, contrary to their belief, home-schooling does seem to have its benefits. Home-schooled children tend to have much closer family relationships, a better sense of self-esteem, and homeschooling seems to provide a better education than public schools do.
Cassie Lane Dr. Lightfoot English 1101 September 22, 2013 Suburban Schools vs. Inner-City Schools Education is an important part of our children’s lives, but all children do not get the same educational opportunities as their counterparts. All across the country, many School districts located in different localities are unequally funded; therefore, not all children get the same quality education. Schools in suburban areas are better than inner-city schools. They have better learning facilities, state of the art technology and better curriculums.
For decades, most people have been led to believe that public schooling is a good thing, and is in the best interest of children. But it’s time to face the facts – public schooling is not the best that Americans could be doing for their children and their families as a whole. Though the numbers for specific states vary, it is said that on average, school districts spend about $10,591 for every individual student in public schools, per year. Catholic and other religious private schools are, on average, $6,000 to $7,000 dollars per year. The education children receive in private schools is far superior to public schools, and per capita, the price is technically cheaper.
At every level of education – from nursery to university – upper and middle class children tend to do better than working class children. This remains the case even when they have the same intelligence quotient. MATERIAL DEPRIVATION During 1960’s, sociologists claimed that the low attainment of many working class pupils resulted from a lack of something. They were deprived. This deprivation was material, a lack of money and the things that money could buy – and cultural, and absence of the attitudes and skills that were needed for educational success.
During the Industrial Revolution, America used children in factories that resemble what most Americans think of as sweatshops. Children were expected to work in tiny, cramped areas and were paid less than an adult. These factories became notorious for children losing their finger, limbs, or even their lives. Nonetheless, child labor helped improve America’s economy by allowing factories to prosper (Barker). Factories made huge monetary profits by paying children less for their work which helped build a stable economy.
There are three reasons why mixed gender class is better than single class. The first reason why the mixed gender class is better than single class. Is because people can learn and understand the mind such as men and girls this helps both genders know each other’s. Despite the fact that the those mind are completely difficult to understand, on the other hand, single gender classes just people is available to know the one part of the society and this entails that, the children enter school with preconceptions based on social stereotypes, so that children expect certain things of girls, and these, in turn, expect certain things from the boys; thus see, somewhat inhibited. Another reason that it is better mixed gender class.
Children in this country today are better off when taking into consideration many different aspects. Today’s children are healthier than children in the past. Never before have children been less likely to die from a disease. More children today are enrolled in or have graduated from an educational institution. In the past it was not common for a child to graduate from high school and enter into college like many do today.
Pros and Cons to Community Service In addition to academic excellence, unlike most other school districts, The Bethlehem Are School District requires sixty (60) hours of community service in order to graduate. This practice has been controversial since it was first instituted over two decades ago. In 1998 nearly 20 percent of the 50 largest school districts in the U.S required volunteer service, and nearly half provided the opportunity to earn an academic credit for community service, according to a study published the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Historically, community service requirements have been found in religious schools. Although the community service requirement is not popular in other Lehigh Valley school districts, nationally the trend is gaining some strength.
Furthermore, “33,860” of these kids were exposed to hazardous jobs. One of the main reasons for the employment of children is the demand for fast and cheap production. Nicola Phillips, who works in the Department of Politics at The University of Sheffield, argues that abuse of child labor in private sectors happen because the manufacturing can be done by unskilled workers, meaning that by hiring children, they can spend less on labor cost since all they do is futile work (Phillips et al., 2014). Moreover, Phillips argues that another benefit offered by child labor is the improbability of them creating trade unions to demand higher salaries and better conditions. In other words, a benefit some employers see on child labor is that they
As often times they received more in pay than that of the mother. Children also felt a sense of responsibility towards their mother and siblings. If the father’s income was irregular or insufficient, children set out to work in these factories and mines, and would then surrender their pay to their mother so that she would be able to provide for the family. (Humphries, 2008) On the other hand, children were favored over adult laborers because employers could get about the same amount of work done at a fraction of the pay. There was no need for strength to operate industrial machines and children could learn these machines fast.