One concern parents and educators alike are concerned about is the teaching credibility of teachers and instructors. Public school educators must possess a teaching certificate or degree. The federal government holds the instructors and teachers to the highest of standards. It is these standards and concerns that have led to so many questions about how good of an education child can receive them. There was a time when these questions and concerns were valid arguments. This is no longer the case. Today advocates for homeschoolers run one of the most effective lobbies in Washington, with connections all the way to the White House, where the president recently hosted a reception for homeschooled students. Legislation has now passed laws that require parents to pass some level of certification with the state or local school district before they are allowed to teach their children. There are also now available online several credible sources of companies who specialize in home-based education. One of the largest of these is owned and ran by former US Secretary of Education, William Bennett. K-12, the name of this particular online school for homeschoolers, is an accredited school that parents can feel confident in enrolling their students into. So, where before there was a valid concern about the quality of education that is offered at home, this is one thing less parents and educators need to worry about when choosing which form of education is more appropriate for a particular child.
Another major concern parents may have is the willingness of a college or university to accept a student who has been homeschooled. Things have come a long way in this area as well. In recent years the number of students now homeschooled has more than tripled. It is because of this that colleges and universities have realized there is a growing needs to have some guidelines in place. "Three quarters of universities now have policies for dealing with homeschooled applicants, according to (Cafy Cohan), author of "The Home – Schoolers College Admissions Handbook"."
When it comes down to it, there are several Ivy League universities recognizing the validation of not only students graduating from public schools but also students who have been homeschooled as well. Some of these universities include: Harvard, Rice and Stanford, Iowa State University, Kennesaw State Georgia, and Ohio Northern University.
There is another area where homeschoolers and students who attend public school are very similar. This is the desire, ability, and willingness to participate in extracurricular activities. Students who attend public school have a wide range of afterschool activities such as team sports, drama, and dance class. There are several clubs students can join including the debate team, chess club, and band. Extracurricular activities are looked upon favorably on college applications. Some can even lead to scholarship opportunities. For homeschooled students, extracurricular activities are also available and encouraged. At local clubs such as the YMCA, Boys Town, Boy and Girl Scouts, and church leagues; students are exposed to a variety of activities. There is also the option of private lessons with things such as dancing,...