Pros And Cons: Home School Vs. Public School

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Home School versus Public School In our society, there are few things that are considered taboo to talk about due to passions of the different views, such as Religion and Politics. However, schooling is quickly becoming another taboo. The big debate on whether a Home School or Traditional School is best for children has been the source of many arguments. Each side of this debate has both pros and cons, but which one is truly best and why? Public school in America began in 1635, which focused on “. . . virtues of family, religion, and community” rather than the education we have now in our schools. The academics became the main focus in the schools in the 19th century. By 1918, all students were to graduate elementary school. In 2001, the policy of “No Child Left Behind” was introduced, which is now known as the “Every Student Succeeds Act”. (1) Home School was introduced in the 1970s by an educational theorist, John Holt. Holt’s friend, Raymond Moore vocalized his belief, “. . . children should be schooled at home until the age eight or nine in order to give them a firm educational, psychological, and moral foundation.” (2) When Home Schooling began, both groups of schools worked well with each other. The parents of the Home School children reported curriculum and progress which were appreciated by the public school system. Things took a drastic change in the 1980s. Home Schooling has become more religious, treating Public School as evil which created the divide between the
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