A Guest Post by Allison Foster
As more and more parents are keeping their children home in order to educate them, opponents seem to perpetuate accusations as to why it’s a bad idea. Apparently, studies are conducted on less fortunate families without including those that are able to sustain themselves financially. There are many questionable comments that have been put into print since early 2000 in order to make homeschooling seem impractical. What are some of the comments that are made that don’t seem to add up to many homes?
1. Fewer Resources – According to OnlineCollege.org, homeschooling parents have fewer resources available to them as opposed to traditional classrooms. Aside from the actual textbook that, thanks to the Internet, any parent can purchase, what resources are they referring to? For many school districts, teachers are using grossly outdated software and materials because the funding simply isn’t available. In most cases, conducting a Google search of the intended material will reveal far more value that what many classrooms have today. In many districts, schools are awarded technology grants to purchase equipment that isn’t used to its potential because the district doesn’t put time into teaching the staff how to use them. Where was this study completed?
2. Poor Curriculum – Studies seem to suggest that parents make poor teachers which in turn creates poor curriculum. In many cases, this statement is completely false. In today’s world, all a parent really needs to do is know how to use Google to find materials suitable for virtually any age group. Since most of the materials that homeschooling parents use are from valid sources of education, these studies would suggest that our educational system as a whole consists of poor curriculum – which is why many parents are pulling their children out of conventional schools.
3. Insufficient Knowledge – Many people in the world assume that homeschooled children are less likely to develop as a productive member of society. In contrast, studies show that children who are homeschooled are 31-percent more likely to understand politics. Did you know that homeschooled children are 30-percent more likely to read a book inside of six-months? What about studies that show that homeschooled children are 34-percent more likely to join community services without a court order to do so? With these numbers as they are, how can opposition try to sell that homeschooled children are suffering from a lack of knowledge?
4. College Degrees – Some parents are under the misconception that colleges today don’t accept homeschooled students. This is far from the truth. In actuality, homeschooled students graduate with a college degree at a rate just over 9-percent more often than the traditionally educated student. This isn’t including the fact that homeschooled college students earn a grade point average that is .3 points higher than their traditional brick-and-mortar counterparts.
One fact to consider when you read anti-homeschooling propaganda is the fact that each individual school is allotted a specific amount of money for each individual student that attends during specific times of the year. Although this money is used to improve teaching through tools, salaries and food preparation, it’s also added motive to keep students in the chairs of a classroom. In reality, homeschooled students outperform traditional ones in every category of education without spending the thousands of dollars per year for maintaining the student body.
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