Kelley CaprarioFlorida Southwestern Stage College
In my I-search paper I will be talking about families and education. Homeschooling has very positive outcomes, but also some negative things about it as well. Parents playing a role in their children’s academic success can impact a lot on a child. As a child ages, different type of involvement can change as well. Living at home with a divorced family can effect a child’s education as well. I will be talking about these topics more in detail in my paper.
(What I Know, want to know)
What is homeschooling? I believe that homeschooling is a replacement for a student to learn at home rather than to go to school. I am looking forward to researching more on this topic and learning more information then I already know about it, especially the benefits and drawbacks. My opinion on the issue is that it depends on your specific situation going on in life whether you need to decide if homeschooling is the right thing for you. What role do parents play in their children’s academic success? How does parental involvement change as a child ages? I believe that parents play a significant role in their children’s success, I am anxious to know the facts and statistics about this topic during my research. How do issues from home, such as divorce, homelessness, or single parenting, have an influence on students’ academic success? My thoughts on this are quite obvious, as well as others are I’m sure. If you are a homeless student I believe that you will have much less advantages as a student that is not homeless.
The first question that will be answered due to my research will be about homeschooling. First of all, what is homeschooling? “The practice of teaching one's own children at home, instead of sending them to school.” ( dictionary.com) According to widely-repeated estimates, as many as two million American children are schooled at home, with the number growing at 15 to 20 percent per year (McDowell & Ray 2000, Lines 2000). What are some benefits of a student being homeschooled? There are so many benefits! In public schools, a parent has no control of what their child is learning, while being homeschooled, you have full control of what is being taught and when it is being taught. Another awesome benefit of being homeschooled, is that you are able to connect with your parent, and spend more time with them since you are home all the time. One of the biggest impacts of being homeschooled for me would be that for the most part, you are able to create your own schedule, rather than go by the schools specific times. If you are a night person rather than a morning person, you can do your schooling at night that is what I would prefer to do. Being able to teach more effectively is a huge positive thing about homeschooling. In normal classrooms there are many students, while at home, the material is being taught one on one. Taking fun vacations during the school year is a good thing about homeschooling as well, if educational at least! With all of these positive things being said about homeschooling, there are also many drawbacks to it as well. Many parents like to get things done while their children at school. Having your child homeschooled, there will not be very much time for that, your child will be home much more often than they would be if they were at school. If you are having a bad day, or you are feeling frustrated, you can’t just walk away. Being a homeschooled teacher is very important and you always have to be on top of things. You must be able to encourage your child to be successful even when you are having a rough day. (Sonlight,2014)
What role do parents play in their children’s academic success? To answer this obvious question with other then a big fat HUGE YES, parents play a huge rold in their children’s academic success. Studies show that the earlier parents are getting involved in their children’s education process, the…