Homeschooling Ethical Issues

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When considering whether or not to homeschool, there are several ethical considerations that should be made in order to ensure the child acquires the best education he or she can have. There have been several arguments made about the strengths and limitations of homeschooling. For instance, homeschooled children often aren’t privy to the same social experiences as children enrolled in private or public schools.
With homeschooling being so unevenly regulated from state to state, it is harder to understand how many children are being homeschooled and whether or not appropriate considerations and accommodations are being made in the home to maintain legal educational standards and regulations. As of 2013, there are about 2.2 million home-educated
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Critics suggest that home-schooled children are and incapable of socializing properly with peers. Not learning how to interact within social groups could result in self-esteem issues and creates behavioral issues and even social anxiety and/or awkwardness. This argument has become the main drawback of homeschooling. Many homeschooling parents argue that schools are overcrowded and that their children aren’t able to get the personalized attention they need in order to thrive in an educational environment. Other considerations include personalized lesson plans that cater to the needs of the child. Families of homeschooled children often believe that all children placed in one class aren’t all learning at the same pace. This often leaves children feeling insecure and left with the understanding that they’re unable to learn. Should there be a child with learning disabilities, homeschooling parents are often more suitable to alter the lesson plan to ensure that their child gets the most out of their learning as well as a positive and outlook on the educational experience. Learning issues and problematic behaviors can also be addressed quickly, helping the child reach their full …show more content…
This allows children to solve problems and work together. Children thrive when they feel as if they’re part of a team. This one component is missing from the homeschool environment.
While homeschooled children are allowed to gain outside experiences and are exposed to differences in people and situations, the traditional classroom experience is missing.
Another missing component in homeschooling is the need for structure. There is so much flexibility in the homeschooling schedule that often children often miss out on the importance of structure. While everyday experiences provide the foundation for learning, some homeschooled children miss out on this opportunity, as there aren’t many learning experiences gained inside the home away from socialization that happens in the school setting.
Children in school are often faced with issues that they must resolve on their own. This allows for accountability and responsibility skills to be acquired, while homeschooled children aren’t often faced with the challenge of handling social

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