Among educators, child psychologists, and sociologists, the question of home schooling versus public schooling is one of the most controversial subjects of the last few decades. The problem is, however, that there is research supporting oneand only oneside of this argument. The term public school is somewhat misleading, as it is, in fact, possible for most primary and secondary schoolsincluding home schoolsto qualify for its literal definition. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online's Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a public school is a free tax-supported school controlled by a local governmental authority. Similarly, they define home school as to teach school subjects to one's children at home. In practice, home school is also used as a noun, to designate the organizations under which many parents home school their children.
[...] Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psycology, socialization is defined as the “process whereby people acquire the rules of behavior and systems of beliefs and attitudes that equip a person to function effectively as a member of a particular society” (quoted in “Revisiting the Common Myths About Homeschooling”). Second, this argument assumes that public schools are the only place in which children may learn social skills. This argument fails to take into account other social groups, such as clubs or scout groups (boy or girl), which provide similar or identical socialization opportunities. [...]
[...] The last, and most commonly believed, argument about home schooling is that only religious fanatics are proponents of it. However, a Florida Education Department poll revealed that the number one reason for home schooling was in fact dissatisfaction with public schools, which may come from a variety of sources. Moreover, demographics of home school participants are varied over religious, political, income, racial, and education groups. The only apparent thing even remotely resembling support for the “unilateral group” argument is that the percentage of racial minorities (blacks and Hispanics) is slightly smaller than in public schools. [...]
[...] They were more likely to donate resources (time, money, etc) to political causes than non-home school graduates, and forty-seven percent more homeschoolers between the ages of 18 and 24 vote (seventy-one percent versus twenty-nine). Only 1.7 percent of all home school graduates studied had ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime. A third anti-home school argument is that home school students have difficulties getting into college. This argument is fallacious on two accounts: first, it assumes that the home school is the only reason these students have trouble. [...]
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