Homeschooing: An Effective Means of Education Essay

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Homeschooing: An Effective Means of Education

Homeschooling – the education of children under the supervision of parents instead of school teachers – has grown steadily over the past several decades (Lines 2000). Parents are becoming more involved in their children’s education and taking an active involvement. For some, homeschooling means duplicating school at home, complete with textbooks, report cards, and standardized tests. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some homeschoolers take a less structured approach, allowing their children’s interest to determine what they study, and letting them work at their own pace (Ishizuka 2000).
Homeschooling has been the victim of much criticism since it originated. However, time has shown
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Small school building throughout towns started to sprout up and eventually turned into a public school system. From the late 1800’s until the 1970’s, homeschooling virtually vanished from the American cultural landscape. The school movement spread rapidly and by the end of the nineteenth century, compulsory school attendance was a given for more Americans (Griffith 1997).People began to take notice of homeschooled children in the late 1960’s and early ‘70’s. In 1969, Dr. Raymond S. Moore, a former member of the U.S. Department of Education advocates educating children at home. By the 1970’s an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 children are being schooled at home. However, homeschooling was still not legal throughout the United States. Land mark cases like Perchemlides v. Fizzle in 1978 helped to make homeschooling a legal act by allowing the Perchemlides family of Massachusetts to teach their son at home. In the 1980’s, homeschool organizations started to form, this included the formation of the Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983. By 1986, all fifty states, in one form or another allow homeschooling (Ishizuka 2000).

Why Parents Homeschool

Every homeschool family has their own separate reasons for why they feel their child should be taken out of the public school system and taught at home. Many parents began to homeschool their children because they did not agree with the

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