Home Schooling: the better choice of education
The home schooling movement has gained great notoriety across the nation over the past 10 years. According to Jenny Murphy, “It’s no longer something Evangelical Christians practice, more and more mainstream families are opting out of the public school systems and choosing to educate their children at home.” Given that 1.5 million children are estimated to be educated at home, this can be considered a significant type of learning. Recent studies show the increasing rate of home schooling within families since the 1970’s. In the 1970’s, the home school population was between 10,000 and 20,000 students. By the 1980’s it had grown to between 120,000 and 260,000 students. Now, it is estimated that the home school population has reached 1.5 million students, growing at the rate of 10% per year. More parents are losing their faith in the pubic school systems and leaning on this alternative way of learning.
There are many reasons why a parent would choose home schooling over public schools. First off, with home schooling a child can learn at a quicker pace while engaging in activities that interest them. Next, the dire condition of public schools can be another reason why a child is kept at home. Finally, there is a higher success rate for home school students compared to non home school students.
While learning at home, a child can learn at a quicker pace while engaging in activities that interest them. According to Mary Lanphier, “ The most common reason today’s parents have for not sending their children to public school is that they feel that public school is no longer a place where children can obtain a quality education.” With schools becoming overcrowded, a student is less likely to receive individual attention and extra help. With home schooling though, a child’s curriculum and day is structured to fit the needs and interest of the student. Parents can provide a variety of different,...