The Truth About the Homeschool Environment

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Joshua Hannan Freshmen Composition 12/16/2012 The Truth about the Homeschool Environment Over ninety percent of school-aged children in the United States attend public schools. Less than five percent of the remaining ten percent are homeschooled (Ray B. D., 2011). Because many believe that homeschooled children are put at a social and academic disadvantage, many desire homeschooling to be strictly regulated or even banned. In reality, many studies show that homeschooled students tend to excel in these areas, and the desired public school “socialization” can actually prevent children from reaching their full potential. Despite opposing ideas that suggest parents don’t have the qualifications or resources to successfully educate their children and are pursuing home education only to avoid opposing values, research show the positive social, emotional, and psychological development of homeschoolers; there are, in fact, many public school parents that would benefit greatly by embracing some of the characteristics of homeschooling that create such a positive learning atmosphere. People oppose homeschooling for a number of reasons. The two primary points of concern are children’s necessary resources and the parents’ alleged lack of teaching qualifications. One homeschooling article states that homeschooling short-changes students by leaving them without trained teachers, proper resources, a comprehensive education, and exposure to more than a single intellectual or ethical point of view (Lee & Maureen, 2011). Another suggests that because public schools are regulated, they are also obligated to educate children who fall behind, and parents who homeschool have no such accountability (Rawls, 2012). Researchers have found that children who are homeschooled exhibit outstanding social and educational development. B. D. Ray’s study shows that even though only about ten
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