The Supporters

Parents and guardians strive to give the best education to their child with the outcome of being ready to take on the reality of the world. We, the students, need to learn the basics of communication, customer service, responsibility, honesty, reliability and much more that are surprisingly taught outside of public school grounds. Different parents will have different perspectives and some parents will be in agreeance with the effectiveness of home schooled children versus public schooled children. There will always be negative and positive outcomes to both the education of homeschooling and public schooling. The number of articles are in agreeance and support of the form of home schooled education for their child.

Supporters have a strong motive for positive effect of socialization for homeschoolers. According to HomeSchooling and the Question of Socialization by Richard G. Medlin, home-schooled children are taking part in the daily routines of their communities. They are not isolated, but associate with everyone around them. We know the parents play an important role in their child’s life of education and they actively encourage their children to take advantage of social opportunities outside the family. Supporters for position A believe homeschooled children learn the rules of behavior and systems of beliefs and attitudes they need. They have good self-esteem and are likely to display fewer behavior problems than do other children. They may be more socially mature and have better leadership skills than other children as well. Supporters believe they will be portrayed as functionally effectively as members of adult society.

They believe homeschooling develops self-confidence and self-esteem and learn to deal with difficult people when they are developmentally ready. The children have their own say and make their own decisions to make their own choices. Research conducted by Michael Brady entitled Social Development in Traditionally Schooled and Homeschooled Children, a Case for Increased Parental Monitoring and Decreased Peer Interaction endorses the idea of preparing children on their own pace. Brady states, “There seems to be an overwhelming amount of evidence that children socialized in a peer-dominant environment are at higher risk for developing social maladjustment issues than those that are socialized in a parent monitored environment.” As stated in the article, Socialization in homeschooling works better because children have more opportunities to be socialized through good social behavior by caring adults rather than through peers. Parents give their kids the skills they need to interact with other people and also have the chance to protect their children. Homeschooling gives children more time to be out in the world, with people of different ages so they can figure out where their place in the world is and what they like and dislike. With the extra time, homeschoolers also make an effort to create socialization opportunities for themselves, and to take advantage of those offered in their communities.

According the US News, homeschooling families do not operate in isolation. here are extensive support networks that exist to provide companionship, promote sports events and social functions. Supports have a strong belief that homeschooled children engage with their local community to a greater extent than their schooled peers. “There’s no place like home” is what parents have in agreeance when it comes to spending quality time with their children and at the same time educating them. Home schooling allows children to learn in an environment that has the needs of one or a very few number of students as the focus of the educative process. Proponents of homeschool practice argue that parents have a right to decide where best to educate their child, and that the home is often ideal as a learning environment. In the wake of tragedies like school shootings, many supporters argue that their children are safer in home schools than in public schools. This would include the presence and use of drugs, bullying, and negative attitudes as part of the unsafe environment. According to ABC News, Parents who homeschool often want to set higher standards for their children, choose quality curriculum or have the flexibility to work at a faster pace in the subjects in which their students excel. Statistics have shown the academic achievement, above average on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.

Parents have their say in the importance of choosing homeschooling for their children for their own beliefs and success with it. A doctor and a mother states Being at home with my kids has given me a tremendous opportunity to teach and form them in ways that would be impossible if I had stayed in the workforce. Supporters hope these thoughts are helpful to parents who are thinking about nontraditional family arrangements like mine.