Should Home Schooling Be Encouraged As An Alternative To Educate Children?
“14-year old makes Malaysian homeschoolers proud.” Balakrishna M Pillai, a precocious Malaysian homeschooler has, in fact, won the international Global Challenge Award in the Best Global Business category (David Tan, 2009). Whoever read about this will probably then come out with a question: “What is home schooling?” According to The Columbia Encyclopedia (2008), home schooling is defined as ‘the practice of teaching children in the home as an alternative to attending public or private elementary or high school’. Globally, home schooling is no longer something fresh nowadays as it has already been introduced a century back. Before public schools were introduced as a compulsory education for children, home schooling has always been the way of parents educating their children. In mid 1960s, the idea of back to home schooling comes out from John Holt, Raymond Moore and Ayn Rand. Each of them had different reasons and views against the current educational system. But they shared the same objectivity which has then brought them up together. Thus, they fought for their common goal which was to let children to have the opportunity to study in a better and safer environment, and hence, motivate children to study. (Parenting 4 Dummies, 2007). For many years, there are many who tend to argue that home schooling brings many disadvantages. These disadvantages includes the impression that homeschooled kids are unable to get socialize, cost of home schooling will be a burden for parents and some of them even claim that home schooling is an act of overprotective parents that refuse to let their children from having chances to get in touch with the society. The arguments surrounding home schooling have been raised again and again ever since home schooling was introduced as an alternative to educate children. Many years passed by and here are we in the 21st century. Home schooling has now become something common in our society, and yet, there are still controversies about home schooling. Even though people tend to believe that homeschooled children are at a disadvantage, there are arguments to prove otherwise. Home schooling is proven to be an advantage for parents as it can tighten the family bonds throughout the process. This is because parents have replaced the teachers’ position and act as children’s educator instead. Children need not have to go to school and spend hours studying there anymore as they can do that in the home instead. Hence, parents are given the chance to nurture their relationships with their children. Parents can spend more time with their children by home schooling them. Because of this, parents are able to know more about the thoughts of their children and have heart-to-heart conversation with them. Thus, the family bonds are strengthened (Day, 2006). Moreover, home schooling also includes the involvement of multiple generations. Homeschooled children tend to spend more time at home as their education is based at home and in the family. The Marriage and Family Encyclopedia (2010) mentions that since home is a place that can also bring all the extended family members together, it has then given the elderly in the family like grandparents the chance to take part in grandchildren’s education as well. Children can learn values and experiences from them who had been in the society for many years. Besides that, since centuries ago, the elderly have always been playing a vital role for the younger ones as a guide to lead them in their life (Taylor, 2004). Therefore, home schooling not only brings the whole family together but also unites them. Other than that, homeschooled children also known as homeschoolers tend to have better academic performance. A new study report released by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has proven that homeschoolers are succeeding academically and they are getting higher marks than the senior...
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