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Homeschooling Essay

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Have you ever sat back and thought of all the advantages homeschooling has to offer? Although homeschooling seems like it would not be a smart decision to make, it actually pays off. Children are able to wake up in the morning and go to class without having to rush or even ride a bus. How would children like to learn in diverse environments, not just in small classrooms? Being homeschooled, children are around better access to different types of knowledge and decisions rather than being in public school. Children who are homeschooled achieve many things, whereas students in the public school systems often do not. Most home-schooled children learn how to be independent by having to receive ...view middle of the document...

These parents feel as if the public school system is declining, which results in them withdrawing their kid/kids from the public school system. Most people think that people who are homeschooled, are not smart. Many different people believe that students who are home-schooled do not test as well as students who are in public school, but that is not accurate. According to the HSLDA, “Children who are home-schooled score about 72 points higher than the national average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test” (7). In South Carolina, the National Center for Home Education did a survey of 65 homeschool students and found that the average scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills were 30 percentile points higher than national public school averages. In math, 92 percent of the homeschool students scored above grade level, and 93 percent of the homeschool students were at or above grade level in reading (HSLDA 6). Children that are homeschooled make better on standardized tests rather than children at public schools. Children that are homeschooled are known to go into college with a better GPA than with public school GPA. Children who are being homeschooled have more one-on-one interactions, and fewer distractions, which result in higher grades. Students that are homeschooled have a more flexible schedule; therefore, learning key skills for success makes them independent students in college. Although, students who are being homeschooled have a more flexible schedule, they have to be more discipline than public school children about staying on task and getting all of their work finished which prepares them better for college life. Most people believe that if you are homeschooled, it is harder for you to get into college, but that is a myth. Children who are homeschooled often tend to earn more credits before they start college, rather than public schools do not earn as many credits. “Michael Cogan, a researcher at the University of St. Thomas, discovered that homeschool students typically earn more college credits before their freshman year than traditional students, with 14.7 credits for homeschoolers, and 6.0 for traditional students” (Site Administrator 1). Students that are homeschooled are more focused and less distracted than public school kids, which results in higher test grades.
Some people say that if a child is homeschooled they: depend on their parents too much for work, do not hang out with kids outside their family, and are naïve about “worldly” subjects. Most of the originals statements that have been made about homeschooling have been proven to be myths. The misconception that you depend on your parents to do your work, if you are homeschooled is not true. According to Heinrichs, “A 2009 Canadian Centre for Home Education survey of home-schooled adults, in fact, found that a greater proportion of home-schooled students obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees” (Heinrichs 5). People that say homeschooled children do not hang out with...

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