Annotated Bibliography: Homeschooling

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Annotated Bibliography In this day and age of school becoming more and more rigorous and the demand for our children 's education growing each year, an alternative option becomes an enticing thought. Homeschooling is something many people might not associate with modern times. Kids in the American school system are often times overworked and underplayed. Starting from as young as kindergarten, children are expected to sit at a desk and focus for up to eight hours a day with less and less outdoor free-time. Parents have been vocal for some time about their young child coming home with homework after spending a solid eight hours in class. Kids and adults alike are frustrated with the push of academic expectancy and minuscule creativity. The…show more content…
Homeschooling is not for everyone and not every family has the ability to provide this style of education, just like private school is not an option for every family. However, what homeschooling does provide are flexibility and freedom. The flexibility to choose materials the child is interested in learning more about and the freedom to choose where and when to spend family time together. Families are not held to an 8-3 school schedule with truants and late slips. They have the ability to plan vacations according to what works for their family, not what the school schedule allows for them. Many states have heavy regulations on homeschooling as far as the requirements and responsibilities go. However, the government in many places wants more regulations over homeschool education. Many want it to be outlawed altogether and the privilege to be taken away from families in order to have more control stating abuse and neglect on the parents part. Others want a more rigorous testing schedule and minimum educational requirements provided by the parent wanting to educate. Educational options serve to help the children not just be another number in the school system. They provide opportunities to engage students and nurture their interests in order to grow their knowledge of the working world they will eventually…show more content…
This article debates the topic of not just the amount of homework students are being sent home with but also the quality of subject matter. Gewertz details the pressure being put on American children these days to outperform and always do more. Children as young as five are being expected to read and seventh graders are being taught algebra. The article talks about the importance of being a child and where has the time for the play gone? Gewertz mentions how there is a developmental level that must be reached in order to comprehend new subject matter and how schools are continually pushing the boundaries of children 's abilities. The author mentions pressure being put on public schools to push their students with testing because it is heavily tied to funding. Attendance and testing scores are intertwined with state funding of public schools making it a challenging learning environment. The article goes on to state how many parents seem to think not enough pressure is put on school-aged children these days by themselves. A survey was done which shows in the United States, 56% of parents believed not enough pressure was being put on children where in Japan only 9% believe not enough pressure was being put on school-aged children. Gewertz accounts not only the amount of work being placed on children but also the pressure and atmosphere of the school itself affecting

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