July 28, 2012
Homeschooling vs. Public School
According to U.S. Department of Education (n.d.), “According to the 2003 and 2007 National Household Education Surveys (NHES), the three reasons selected by parents of more than two-thirds of students were concern about the school environment (88 percent), to provide religious or moral instruction (83 percent), and dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools (73 percent) ” (Homeschooling). Homeschooling rates have continued to increase, in the United States, over the past two decades. Parents must decide which type of education is best; even though studies show homeschooled students are safer, perform better academically, and build stronger social relationships.
Public school advocates argue that homeschooling students, keeps them from experiencing real life. This has become the largest debate between the parents of students that are homeschooled and those that attend public schools. However, who determines the social skills a child receives? Homeschooled students are stereotyped as isolated from society, when in fact NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) reports that they participate in at least five different social activities outside the home. Children that are homeschooled have better social skills, for instance, they learn to interact with people of all ages. The day they enter kindergarten through the day they graduate high school, public school students learn how to socialize within their own age bracket. It is not often that you hear a senior in high school say it is “cool” to be friends with a freshman. Some would argue that the socialization issue with homeschoolers lies with missing the skills that encourage teamwork, such as athletic programs or collaborating in a laboratory experiment. However, the opposite is true. Homeschoolers are often involved in community team sports, 4-H...