The advantages of home schooling versus public schooling.

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Many families are turning to home schooling as a solution to the decaying public school system. However, home schooling is not a new idea. Until the early 1900's, home education was the predominant form of education in our country. As more and more parents become aware of the advantages of home schooling, the number of home schoolers continues to increase.

The academic side of home schooling has far more advantages than a public school. Consider the size of a classroom in a public school. It usually consists of at least 15 or more students. A home schooled classroom can consist of only one student. It is much smaller and more individualized. A home schooled child can learn at the level he or she is really at. Academically, studies have shown children that are home schooled out perform children that are publicly schooled when taking the same standardized test.

Home schooling has its advantages for another reason also.

The socialization aspect is a reason for parents to choose home schooling over public schooling. A child is not subject to the daily peer pressure of a public school. The child generally becomes much more involved and self-motivated because there is no fear or failure from those around him. Children that are home schooled do not have the constant exposure to the immaturities and abuses of those children in a public school; therefore, a home schooled child is socially better off.

The last advantage of home schooling compared to public schooling is the family involvement. The parent is the one that chooses the curriculum of the child not the government. The parent is completely involved in the child's education because the parent is the educator. This tends to allow the child a to develop a sense of dependency on the parent causing...