One of the more significant complaints frequently expressed
about both public and private schools is the lack of input and
control a parent has over the education of his or her child or
children. While there are certain educational standards that
must be met when it comes to home schooling, a parent has a
significant degree of discretion over how his or her child or
children will be taught.
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An ever growing number of thoughtful parents are concerned
about the status of public schools in many cites across North
America. At the same time, a good number of families are
struggling to make ends meet. They simply do not have excess
funds available to send their children to private schools. One
solution that many families are embracing is home schooling.
With each passing school year, more and more families in North
America -- indeed, in many countries around the world -- are
electing the home schooling for their children.
There are some definite benefits and specific drawbacks to
choosing home schooling for your children. Turning to the
positive elements of home schooling first, chief amongst them
is the fact that parents have greater control over the
education of their children.
In addition to more control over the educational process, most
parents who are involved in the home schooling of their
children believe that their children are obtaining a far better
course of education. Many of these parents simply believe that
public schools are not up to muster and that home schooling
ensures that their children will be properly educated.
Of course, when contrasting home schooling with the private
school alternative, educating your children at home is
significantly less expensive. The tuition costs and other fees
associated with most private schools continue to increase each
and every year. As a result, many families simply have been
priced out of the private school market all together.
People who are involved in home schooling believe that
education children at home works to develop a stronger bond
between parents and children. The very fact that children will
be spending more time with their parents because of being
schooled in the home enriches the relationship between the
There are some drawbacks to home schooling as well. The primary
complaint that some education experts have in regard to home
schooling is based on the need for children to interact
socially with other children. These experts maintain that one
of the most important components of attending school -- be it
in a public or private setting -- are the opportunities for
children to interact with each other. These opportunities are
more limited when a child is home schooled.
With that said, there are now different organizations and
associations that have been formed that bring children who are
home schooled together for different activities and events.
Home schooling advocates assert that these activities and
events allow children who are home schooled ample opportunity
to interact with other children their own ages.
Most education analysts believe that the trend towards home
schooling will continue onward into the immediate future. These
experts believe that an ever growing number of parents are going
to elect to educate their children at home as an alternative to
problematic public schools and expensive private schools.
For more information on home schooling,
please visit http://www.home-in-schooling.info
Anthony Kane, MD
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