Children Should Never Be Educated at Home: Yes or No?
The homeschool debate has been met with much controversy from proponents of both sides. A child being educated by their parents was once the subject of much fodder and disdain with claims that socialization of children could not be met, causing undue suffering and ridicule in social settings. This is not so much the case anymore as parents are opting to homeschool their children over sending them to a traditional educational setting.
When it comes to education, parents should be allowed to homeschool their children if they believe this is the best option. Parents who elect to homeschool their children, do so because they feel they can provide a better, more structured and comprehensive education for their children than the current public education system allows. Homeschooling is not what it used to be. It has become so popular that extra-curricular activities like marching band and sports have been incorporated into it. There are homeschooling groups within communities that plan educational field trips as well as many of the same activities for interaction and socialization that public and private schools offer. According to Meisels (2004), “it is estimated that there are at present over two million home-schooled children.” Findings of Meisels’ study indicated that parents of homeschooled children are highly educated and believe that they are better equipped and qualified to provide their children “with an intellectually superior education to that which they can obtain through any of the formal schooling options available to them” (Meisels, 2004). This has been proven to be the primary reason who parents opt for homeschooling over formal education outside the home.
This was proven to be the case in according to Butler (2000), whose opinion of homeschooling children changed when she found herself making the decision to homeschool her own children after a move to a rural town due to her husband’s job transfer. The public school offerings of the rural town were less than admirable. This decision came after Butler once frowned upon homeschooling as a viable option for education children. Butler’s rationale for making this transition to homeschooling was based in large part to “limited services for the gifted and talented” (Butler, 2000). Butler (2000) contends, “I saw my children stymied intellectually in a system that was more committed to protocol than education.”
Studies and numerous cited examples from parents who have homeschooled their children have seen enormous success in their children’s academic achievement. Further, their children were just as socially adapted as compared to children in formal academic settings. Overall, homeschooling is a positive option for parents who are committed to ensuring their children receive a quality education without being held to the socialization of traditional formal education.