Homeschooled children - as advanced as research show it?

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University College of English Language Teacher Education
University of Warsaw


Aleksandra Michalik
Group 3 Year 2

Warsaw 2014

How does a homeschooling family change the light bulb?
First, mom checks three books on the electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life. Then, everyone studies the history of lightings methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they’ll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill. On the way home, a discussion develops on the history of money and also on Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill. Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed.

According to statistics by The National Home Education Research Institute about 2 million children at the age from 5 to 17 are homeschooled every year in the U.S.. Learning at home is as old as humanity itself, but the term homeschooling refers to parents choosing to either withdraw their children from school or not even sending them there. The reasons for homeschooling are most common: '' a concern about the environment of other schools”, ''a desire to provide moral or religious instruction'' and ''a dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools'' based on the research by The National Household Education Survey (2007) (Gaither, Kunzman 9). These categories are very broad, unfortunately, and it is difficult to make any assumptions based on them, as parents' motivation are not independent of their circumstances. Moreover, the reasons tend to change and develop over time. However, it is possible...
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