essay about homeschooling?

essay about homeschooling? Topic: essay about homeschooling?
May 24, 2019 / By Adaliah
Question: alright soo for my english class i am writing an essay about homeschooling, why did it happen? is it good or bad for the kids? i got some of these information but i need ur opinion i have to use some outside works cited and i can ask people as well, i want to know from your own opinion do you think homeschooled kids are behind in their studies? even those who are going to college right after they were homeschooled? and i need any source if its available that u can provide for me about these questions thank you
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Starla Starla | 7 days ago
The most important part of a student's education is the quality of instruction they receive. If a home school teacher is excellent, then the student is going to get an excellent opportunity to learn. If a home school teacher is poor, then the student is going to get a poor opportunity to learn. The same is true for public schools. So to answer your questions: Why did it happen? Well, it's always happened to some extent. The new surge of homeschooling is occuring for a variety of reasons: fear, distrust of ability of public schools to serve, religious reasons, control reasons, etc. Is it good or bad for the kids? Depends (this is really the answer for many of your quesitons.) Are they behind in their studies? Depends. (This is a good time to address studies a little bit. Homeschoolers in almost all states do not have to take standardized tests, so those who do are those who are willing to participate in testing....which, well, taints the data pool which the author of the test that is mostly used for this comparison has said to be true.) You're going to find that many of the resources you find on the net are pro-home education. Mostly this is a result of home educators needing to prove that they are doing a worthy thing, and in many states, they truly have had to fight for their right to school in a way that they see fit. It's important to try to dig deep if you're going to get a balanced representation in your essay, so I'm including a few links that are either "neutral" or lean more towards public school.
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Starla Originally Answered: homeschooling?
There are a lot of ways to do be homeschooled in high school; I'm doing it, and most of my friends are doing. The main thing people don't know is that nobody sits their 16-year old down at the kitchen table to give him his trigonometry lesson. By the time you're in high school, most of your work is independent. Despite my meltdown yesterday -check my 'damage control' question, <_< >_>- I've found that it's pretty easy to stay on top of work. You can sign up for an online school; many are free. Your state might have an online charter school you can sign up for. I think that k12 is free, but it's only in ~35 states. There are distance learning programs like Penn Foster and Laurel Springs that send you all the materials. There are boxed curricula that you can work out of. Then there's independent study. If you're like me and need to see some benchmarks, keep a tally of what you did that day that could be seen as educational. i.e 'Read chapters x-y of War of the Worlds.' Independent study can be very gratifying, and is good preparation for college. However, if you just goof off every day, it's not for you. Your mom won't make you study, but you still have to do it. On the practical side, you need to find out the homeschooling laws in your state. To convince your mom to let you do it, try to take on as much responsibility in school as you can. Work hard at your homework, do your chores, et cetera. That will show your mom that you're not going to sprawl in front of the TV all day playing Halo. (I only spend about half the day playing Portal, and that's for PC :P) If you can show her that you're working hard at school and school isn't working for you, that will make her much more inclined to do it. Do research on your own to find out what your options are, and use forums to find out what programs are like from the people using them. The X Institute will make their program sound great, but if the people who use it say that it takes twelve hours a day, it's probably not for you. Pick something appealing from each method, chart the pros and cons, and make it something you could easily show your mom. Don't forget to include price; for example, Penn Foster is about $1300 per year. Boxed curricula can be pricey. If you like your school's books, you can get the books used and try to work through them. The Teaching Company has a lot of great lectures available at public libraries. The important thing is to keep as much work as possible off of your parents. This step is essential: Join the email lists for several homeschooling groups. Googling '[where you live] homeschooling' will bring that up. Ask all the questions you can think of, even if you think they're stupid. Figure out ways to meet other homeschooled kids so you can start homeschooling with friends. I was pulled out of school in the middle of the year, and it took a long, long time before I could rebuild my social pool. Also, you might be able to take co-op classes with other homeschooled kids. That would cover academics and friends. Also, if you need a tutor in a subject, let's say history, you can make it a class so you can do more stuff with your friends _and_ cut the cost on your parents. Whatever you do, don't let yourself sit around at home and whine. If you do that, homeschooling will suck. If you make the minuscule effort to go out every day, homeschooling will be great. If there's a place besides your room where you can set up a study area, appropriate it now. Your room should be the place you go to relax and fool around, and that's completely incompatible with a study space. I'm fortunate enough to live in a place where you can walk or take public transportation to get anywhere, so the library is an easy option for me. If you have a spare room that you can use, that's ideal. If that won't work, see if you use anywhere besides your room to work. If one of your parents works from home, or has something like a study, see if you can use that room for a few hours a day. Basically, the room should have a door, and be boring enough that as long as you're in there, you might as well do your work. Otherwise, the Internet will suck out your soul. Hope this helped

Prunella Prunella
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Mckayla Mckayla
Actually, homeschool kids do better on standardized tests than public schoolers. I teach at a homeschool co-op, most of the teens I know start college classes early (15 or 16 yrs old). Colleges have reported great success with homeschoolers, and even ivy league colleges recruit qualified homeschoolers. Also, studies do not support that there are any widespread social problems with homeschooled kids; like any schoolroom, you find a mix of shy and outgoing, loners and socialites. Homeschooling just works. The board of ed really dislikes it because for every homeschooled kid they lose money; but so far all the research shows homeschooling is a perfectly viable educational option. You can check out for some info:
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Laurie Laurie
Why did it happen? Do you mean why do people homeschool? Homeschooling has existed as long as people have been educated. The term "homeschool" may be relatively new, invented in the 1980s or so, but the idea has been around for thousands of years and has never disappeared completely. When education was made mandatory in many parts of the world, many people thought this meant that government schools were required, but this has never been the case; there have always been people who chose private schools instead, or brought in tutors to teach their children, or taught them themselves. Public schools were created with the idea that there needed to be a form of education for those whose parents wouldn't or couldn't educate them, a place to teach children of immigrants or illiterate or poor parents who were unable to teach their own, a place to keep kids who were now banned from working from running loose and getting into trouble with the law, and public school has worked for those children, but learning at home has always produced better educated people. Homeschooling is, in my opinion, the best form of education for those whose parents are willing and able to invest the time and energy required. Homeschooling involves less wasted time, more individualized curriculum, more freedom, better academics, fewer safety issues, better health considerations, less negative peer pressure, and more well-rounded social skills (as they deal with people of all ages rather than just those with similar birthdays as do kids in age-segregated classrooms). Everything I've read and seen says that homeschooled children outscore schooled children on standardized tests; so NO, homeschooled children are not behind in their studies. Those who go to college? You might want to read "And What About College? How homeschooling leads to admissions to the best colleges and universities" by Cafi Cohen to find out why top colleges seek out homeschoolers.
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Joan Joan
Like your name would indicate the "facts" you are choosing for your argument are a fairy tale. They simply aren't true. I recently spoke with a local radio host in my area who was talking about a home schooling issue in our state and I pointed out that most people can not even tell the difference between home schooled kids and public schooled except that the home schoolers are typically more polite. Put my kids in a playground full of strange kids and they will find a group to play with. Put them in a room full of adults and they will find someone to talk to (public schooled kids tend to have problems talking with older people) I may not be as qualified in class room management as teachers but I am managing 3 students NOT 25-35. I simply don't need to know how to manage that many kids. I also have no need for an attendance book, grade book, test writing, and a myriad of other skills that public school teachers need. As for costly my kids use Sonlight and while it is a bit more expensive when you are using it for 1 child and buying a new one every year there are ways to do it much cheaper. For instance last time I bought the program I spent about $800.00 for 2 students that year, but everything is reusable. So if Core 3+4 (the one I bought with a few add-ins for my younger child) is reusable and I have 3 children to use it with for 2 years in a row I spent more like 133.00/ year /kid. Not to shabby considering a public school parent can spend that in supplies alone, that's not counting all the designer clothes that your parents have to buy so that you fit into your little clique. In my area kids are in uniform but they still spend more in clothes than I have to. Then we can add in school fees, class fees, locker fees, parking lot fees (if the student drives) and at least 4 fundraisers a year in which the parent is expected to buy, PTA/PTO, clubs, sports, choir dresses, and a list of other things. If you think it is expensive to home school ask your mom how much she spent sending you to public school this year alone. Is it any where near the $133.00 I spent? Now consider this, next year I will be using Sonlight again. I have spent $0.00 simply because I can borrow it from another homeschooling friend. She is borrowing my Core 3+4, in return I am borrowing Cores 1+2 and 5+6. Which is more expensive? Sorry I can't help with your introduction except to maybe blow all of your so called "facts" out of the water. Facts simply are that your topic is unwinable as there are no facts to back up your belief.
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Frederica Frederica
I've been home schooled my entire life aside from my freshman year (this year). So to answer your question, no, we're most definitely not behind and if anything, most I know are ahead of kids who are attending public school. I believe it's good for kids as long as the parent/guardian is responsibly handling their schoolwork and studies. I do all of my work online and it's incredibly quicker than public school and I don't have to have all of the homework piled on top of everything or have to deal with teachers that pick favorites, break the rules, ect. Oh and just thought I'd throw out that contrary to popular belief that those who are home schooled actually aren't crazy religious freaks and we actually throw/have parties and have social lives :) And we can attend college at 16 instead of 18 :)
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Frederica Originally Answered: Homeschooling in Michigan?
Hi Michigan is one of the more homeschool friendly states. They have two homeschool options: 1. Home School Statue Option: The student is taught using an organized curriculum (SOS qualifies for this) by parent/legal guardian (grandma) It doesn't mean she must sit down and teach you the material, just ensure you are doing your work. SOS is designed to be an independent learning curriculum so parent just provides help, guidance, and oversight. The following subjects are required (ALL covered by SOS): Reading, Spelling, Math, Science, History, Civics, Literature, Writing, and English Grammar. The is NO notification requirements, NO approval requirements, NO testing requirements, NO teacher certification requirements, and NO mandatory attendance/time requirements. No you do not have to use an accredited program. Rest assured SOS will more than adequately prepare you for college admissions. In fact Oakland is a homeschool friendly university and will accept your homeschool transcript. If Oakland U is near you, you can even enroll in duel enrollment and earn college credits during your junior and senior years in high school. As a long time user of SOS, my son's began using SOS in grade 3. Today they are in 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th grades. We have used it for all subjects except Math. I used Math U See for grades K-7 and Teaching Textbooks grades 8-12 because it fits better with their learning styles. We have also used Sonlight for reading and literature. We just use their book recommendations and borrow the books from the public library, an inexpensive way to enhance your school program. But rest assured, you do NOT have to supplement SOS to have a well rounded education. I supplement the reading/lit because it is my choice. I want to instill a love for reading and great literature in my children's lives. My oldest son has used most of the SOS electives and only needed to add one elective not available with SOS to admitted into an ivy league university. We will be taking Music Appreciation this summer using Accent on Composers that we purchased from for under $30. SOS will maintain all the records that you will need. It will grade most of your work as you do it. Grandmom or another adult will need to grade essay questions and reports. SOS will log your time spent working on each subject. You can print our a variety of reports including report cards, subject reports, daily work reports, and detailed lesson reports. Sadly, they do not have a transcript option at this time. You have several options for a transcript. You can invest in record keeping software like Homeschool Easy Records ( or Homeschool Tracker ( to keep your records and print out a transcript. These are almost redundant because SOS will keep most of the records for you. But they do create a very nice official transcript. You will need to purchase the PLUS version of Homeschool Tracker because the free version does not create transcripts. Another option, is to enroll in Homeschool Reporting Online ( For $20 a year you can enter your grades, maintain a portfolio (very important for college admissions) log attendance, even immunization records and standardized test scores. You can then print official transcripts, You can also enter records from previous years, including your freshman year info. I used Homeschool Easy Records from 1996-2006 when I enrolled my children in HomeLife Academy and received a free subscription to Homeschool Reporting Online as part of the tuition to HLA. Homeschool Reporting Online is much easier than the other record keeping programs. You only need to report your final grade at the end of each term. Much easier than entering lesson info and daily grades. You can also create your own high school transcript. HSLDA has a great template and a lot of info on creating your own. ( You will need to read and follow the formula when recording your GPA. It's not difficult, but does take time to learn and understand. I definitely agree, Alpha Omega Academy is not worth the added expense. We have used SOS independently since 2000. I have saved thousands of dollars by administering my own homeschool. And it has not affected my sons' education. They do the same work, and I have never needed to contact anyone to assist with their learning. SOS does an excellent job teaching and explaining the material. My oldest has worked independently with no explanation from me since 5th grade. Although we do talk about his work. You have several options for a high school diploma. If you are creative, you can make your own and print it out on nice parchment. Here's a template ( You can purchase one from Alpha Omega and fill in the data (http://ww

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