Essays: Homeschooling and Children

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Home School vs Public School
Jamie Weind
May 28th 2013
William Pinney

Success is desired by all, yet only accomplishes by some; and believe it or not, pre-college education (k-12) choices are critical deciding factors. Two popular education choices, home school and public school, both serve to educate, yet share many conflicts of interest. There seems to be a number of rumors going around that home schooled students lack socialization skills, when actually, homeschooled kids often engage in more -outgoing and socialized- daily activities than public schooled students. Not only do home schooled children enjoy leaning from the comfort home, but also, the parents are satisfied with drastically minimizing the negative influences usually inflicted on children in a public school setting. Apart from what goes on during school, another main concern for parents and students is what will happen after school. Academic success rates are important to consider when choosing a school of any level. Even though both public schools and homeschools have the aspect of education as a similarity, they also differ in many major ways. There is such a discrepancy about the socialization experienced between homeschooled and conventional students. NHERI reports dismantles the stereotypes that home learners spend their days isolated from society at kitchen tables with workbooks in hand; actually, they participate in approximately five different social activities outside the home on a regular basis. Without the restraint of school gates, enforced silence, and age segregation, home schooled children often engage in many social activities daily, such as, frequent outings to fire departments, museums hospitals and national parks. Therefore, allowing homeschooled children to interact very well with a variety of people both young and old. It's amazing how easily home schooled children jump into a conversation between adults.
On the other hand, negative socialization is a common arising issue for public schooled students. Dr. Larry Shyers -education researcher- identifies traditionally schooled students exuded eight times as many antisocial traits than their homeschooled counterparts. Institutionally schooled children, normally, are forced to sit in their desks most of the day, to not talk to each other, and to do book work all day. When it comes to "recess", there is no one out there to teach them how to get along with each other either. More often, the children are likely to ignore all the children who are not in their own grade, and to emotionally abuse each other. Fortunately, homeschooled students avoid being impacted by the many negative influences overflowing in our public schools. Most parents intend to be the main influence in their child’s life, unfortunately, not the case for traditionally schooled children. The National Home Education Research Institute disclosed that the 36 to 54 hours that students spend in school-related weekly activities make peers and adults outside of the home the primary influences in children's lives. Realizing the damage that this constant exposure can produce, especially if it's not countered by involved parenting, most homeschoolers are well aware of their children's need for close one-to-one contact throughout the education process. Home schooled children get a lot of one-on-one communication time with at least one adult, with the parent that is teaching them. It has been pointed out by John Holt, that most children in schools don’t even get 15 minutes of direct…