The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling

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Homeschooling Homeschooling has been an alternative form of schooling for quite some time now, and over the years, it has grown quite a bit in popularity. It is has been recently reported that 1,770,000 students were documented to be homeschooled in the United States. (Smith) There are many reasons though, why students would benefit much more by going to a public or private school rather than just being homeschooled. To many students, having the flexible schedule and being able to wear your pajamas every day while learning (if they actually are learning) at home probably sounds great, but there could be many downsides to the system and it could be hurting them more than helping them. The homeschooling “movement” began and took off quickly in the 1970s when an educational theorist and school reformers argued that formal schools were too oppressive and that they were designed only to make students compliant employees. (Knowles) During this time, parents in almost every state, other than Michigan, North Dakota, and Iowa were legally homeschooling their children. Some…show more content…
With the little information parents have to provide to the state, it is very easy to not actually provide your child with an education and not be in any trouble for it. Many states have different rules regarding submitting records to the state to prove you are homeschooling your children, but they are very loose and flexible rules. There are also other states, like District of Columbia, which have little no no rules regarding homeschooling. The homeschooling requirements for this specific area are as follows,“Homeschooling falls under laws regarding "private instruction." There are no requirements for teacher certification or student testing. No specific subjects must be taught”. (Findlaw) “Rules” like these allow for entirely too much flexibility in the education system for homeschooled students and can be detrimental to their education and

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