Homeschooling vs Public School

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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. Homeschooling seems to provide children with a happier home life and closer relationships with their parents and siblings. “Children that interact more with their family tend to display more self-confidence, self-respect and self-worth.” (Driscoll, 2013) Children do not have to fight for the teacher’s attention, unlike the 20 – 30 children in class at public schools have to. “Teens seem to benefit enormously from this interaction, and rebellious, destructive behavior often begins to diminish soon after homeschooling begins.” (Shaw, 2013) No one from either side of the issue will argue that when parents and children spend more quality time together it is a good thing for everyone. However, the question is not how loved children are, it is how well educated they are. Homeschooling provides a better and safer environment for children to learn. “Some families choose to homeschool because their local schools are plagued

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