01 December 2011

A Stupid Argumentative Essay

The girl with no opinions on this topic! November 2011

For my stupid philosophy class we have to write a stupid argumentative essay on a moral problem. Have I ever mentioned that I hate philosophy? Both times I've taken it? (Here) I'm on the fence about a lot of moral problems in our world today, and this is one of them. BUT I wanted to show my parents that I'm doing good work, so here is my anti-home school essay. Promise I don't hate home schooling as much as it sounds like I do. I had to dish an opinion for a grade, you guys!

Go to School, Kids

            Learning establishments have been around since the days of the Ancient Greeks in various forms and sizes. An education of a skill or subject has always been sought after by people looking to improve themselves. Today, going to school is a part of almost every American’s life. Thanks to a mostly functional public school system, citizens can enjoy an education from kindergarten on through the twelfth grade, courtesy of the United States of America’s Government. Some parents choose to keep their children home and teach them by themselves. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, when public schools first became mandatory for young children, home schooling has been a legal option for parents. Thus began the debate on whether parents should teach their children themselves, or send them to a public school to be taught by an educator. I will be defending the view that parents should not try to educate their children by themselves. First, I will describe the pro-home schooling argument, which I do not see eye to eye with. Then, I will present the parent aptitude argument. Followed by this argument, I will provide insight to the opposing argument with the self-taught student argument. This will then be followed by the under socialized argument. A counterargument to the under socialized argument, I will then present the shelter argument.
            Parents have every legal right to home school their children in the United States of America. It is a very important decision, as with any decisions dealing with a person’s education. The vast majority of homeschoolers believe that they can provide their child with a better education that the public school system can. Other reasons for home schooling include religious views, inaccessibility to public schools, and convenience.
            Some parents may be qualified to teach their own children, but I do not think that is the case for everyone. Typically, one parent teaches the children in a household. This means one person, with one person’s experiences, is teaching. Think about all of the things children learn in school: math, science, english, history. Most schools also offer electives such as art, music and agriculture studies. There is no way one person can become an expert on all of these things, so that they may then teach others. Teachers in public schools have gone to college and are well educated in their field of study. That is why most teachers only teach one subject. They teach what they know. Most parents are not equipped well enough to teach their children from kindergarten, all the way through the twelfth grade.
            Occasionally, children are able to pick up something and figure it out themselves. Some home schooling parents might argue that even if they are not familiar with a subject in the curriculum, their child will be able to teach it to himself or herself. They may even go as far as to say that this improves their child’s self-starting abilities on projects. There are also home schooling co-ops, wherein a community of home schooling parents come together to teach the subject that they are the most educated on. This allows for more in-depth study of a subject.
            While children are naturally curious, they are often not focused enough to be able to teach themselves a subject. Not all children learn the same way, either. A teacher is equipped with the skills to teach multiple types of learners in one classroom. A parent might not be familiar with the different learning types of his or her different children. A parent teacher might not be educated on how to teach a dyslexic child how to read. Even if there is a parent in the teaching co-op who knows techniques of how to teach a dyslexic child how to read, they are not experts. There are educators at public schools whose specific job is to help children with reading difficulties. The home school co-op is defeating the purpose of home schooling, because the parent is taking their children out of their household and allowing them to be taught by someone else. This is very much like the public school system.
            In addition to not having a wholly educated teacher, home-schooled children often miss out on a lot of other public school opportunities. There are no varsity athletics, fine art programs or every day experiences such as cafeterias. This limits the child in their social abilities. One of the best ways to learn is through experience. Home-schooled children are limited to only interacting with their siblings, if they have any. Hearing only one person’s opinions on subjects, their parent’s, also handicaps them. This could lead to radical views on topics such as religion and politics. Home schooling is not the best idea for socializing a young child, because of the limited experiences it provides.
            Even if the home-schooled children miss out on a lot of great things public schools can provide, they do miss out on some tough parts of going to school with other kids. If a public school student has not been picked on, they probably know someone who has. Bullying is an emotionally scarring event and should be tended to. Often, a student is too scared to tell a teacher or administrator what is happening to them, until the situation escalates. Home-schooled children also do not have to experience low-quality school food. School lunches are notoriously unbalanced and made from poor ingredients. Home schooling allows children to avoid bullying and bad cafeteria food.
            Although bullying is a terrible thing, it happens to everyone at some point. Some experience it at a more intense level than others. Children who experience it early in life will be more experienced to handle it when they are older. A basic social skill is problem resolution. Elementary school teachers in particular put great emphasis on teaching children how to verbalize their problems with each other. This helps children learn how to interact with their peers in an emotionally healthy manner. Bad cafeteria food can be quickly resolved with a bag lunch, which can be as nutritious as a parent wants to make it. The home-schooled child completely misses out on basic problem solving skills that should be learned in childhood, and no lunch should stop a child from interacting with other children.
            Home schooling children is not the best educational choice a parent can make for their child. They are limiting their child’s educational opportunities with their own limited education. Home school parents are also disallowing their children to develop basic social skills, which they will need later in life when they are out of the house. Public school children graduate high school with a well-rounded education and varied social experiences. Their home-schooled peers will have to catch up in social matters and subjects they are not familiar with, because of their primary education.

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