Education

Option for Prosperity

In an advanced information age economy, lifetime earning prospects depend on
the quality of education more than ever before. Americans are free to make
decisions about their health, college education and welfare. We can choose what
to eat, how to exercise, whom to marry and which candidate deserves our vote.
All of these choices shape us into the people we are today. The growing trend in
home schooled children demonstrates that parents are utilizing their freedom of
choice in order to help improve their child’s education. “It is hard to
ignore indictment of the nation’s academically underachieving, morally
irresolute, disorderly, and often scary public schools” (Anderson). Home
schooling is a necessary option because it is more flexible than public schools,
it tailors learning to the needs of the children, and it provides a stable
environment for a well-rounded education.

Today’s public schools are engulfed so much in a specified curriculum,
instructors are there to inform other than teach. Home schooling gives families
more flexibility with teaching their children. “Most home schooling students
spend their time at libraries, museums, factories, nursing homes, churches,
community colleges, a parks department, or elsewhere” (Lines). These varieties
of opportunities for students to experience positively broaden their adolescent
minds. Familiarities with knowledgeable occurrences outside of the classroom
help shape children’s understanding of the world.



Those people who are against the at home learning process feel that it
deprives the children of interactions necessary for learning. However, with the
freedom from a nine-hour school day, kids have the possibility to venture and
actually experience the books instead of just reading them. For example, “John
was able to go to Africa with his grandfather for two weeks and we did not worry
about him missing school—southern Africa was his school” (Sale). Most home
schooled students do not have the opportunity to go to Africa but, there are
always possibilities opposed to spending much of one’s youth inside brick
buildings.

Other benefits of being schooled at home are that the learning process can be
tailored to fit the students’ needs. Under the strict curriculum in which
public schools provide, the government determines the pace that students have to
learn. It is a known fact that there are not two children alike so how is it
possible to teach them all the same way. Some students need to learn at a faster
pace and some at a slower. Home schooling provides the best rate in which a
student can learn. “No preconceived schedule forces them ahead or holds them
back” (Homeschool FAQ’s). It is often that children will complain that they
either do not understand the material or that it is boring. This is causing
parents to lose the faith they had in public educators and the system in which
they work for. The chance for one on one educating with home schooling is
opening many parents’ eyes to the many beneficial possibilities. There can be
a focus on the children’s interests, help instill family virtues within their
child, and at the same time keeping their child safe from the possible harm
within today’s public schools.



With the increasing population among schools in mostly every school district
within the nation, there is an increase in violence. The recent shootings in the
Columbine and Santana schools have helped parents’ contemplate home schooling
their children. There is hope that these events will never happen again but
obviously they are becoming more prevalent every day. “Inside classrooms,
students waited in fear while teachers urged calm. Sheriff’s deputies ordered
many of the rooms locked down while they swept across campus to make sure there
were no accomplices” (McDonald). This is a parents’ worst nightmare come
true. Places in which they trust that their child is safe to learn and prosper
constantly haunt them. Home schooling is the only true way to escape this fear.
Ever since I was a child I was told to look both ways before crossing the
street, it is about time that parents’ started looking out for their children
because there does not seem to be any future help from the government.

Home schooling accounts for only three or four percent of America’s
schoolchildren but, there is a brisk movement with a fifteen percent annual
growth rate of at home students. In 1997, the top three National Spelling Bee
contest winners were products of the home-schooling system. On standardized
national tests of skills and achievement, home schooled kids scored better than
seventy or eighty percent of all test takers. In 1999 home-schooled students
scored 67 points better than the national average. By the eighth grade the
median performance of