Public Schools

When Americans' think of education, they almost automatically think of

public education. Through the years the idea home schooling is slowly

changing. Many parents today are deciding to home school their children.

Although most people think that a public education is better, most

statistics and facts tend to show that home schooling is beneficial in more

ways. It is estimated that parents are now teaching over two million

children at home, rather than in public or even private schools. The idea of

public education has been debated for years. Students are being faced with

so much violence and crime in today's public school systems, that parents

are forced to find a suitable alternative. In the past few years, home

schooling has had a tremendous rise and has proved to be very successful in

providing effective education. In the following paper, I intend to argue

that home schooling is a successful educational reform when the child and

parent work together to achieve academic excellence.

Education in public schools has been on the criticized for many years.

Parents now feel that their kids are in danger because of the crime, peer

pressure, and violence at school. Teen pregnancies, teen sexual diseases,

teen suicides, teen alcohol, drug abuse, pornography, and illiteracy rates

abruptly increased 200 to 300 percent (Klicka 48). Violence is one of the

main factors effecting are schools today. Rape is a growing problem among

juveniles. A juvenile commits one out of every five rapes that occur in the

United States. There is also a higher use of drugs and alcohol among kids

in public schools. Over 80 percent of public high school students drink

alcohol and 45.7 percent have used marijuana. Drugs and alcohol make most

people extremely violent. That is also why our violence and crime rates are

so high.

Over hundreds of millions of dollars are spend on the security of our

nation's public schools. In The Right Choice Home Schooling, Christopher

Klicka says, "In Washington, D.C., drugs and violence were such a problem in

one Elementary school, that the principal banned regular recess, and the

children are only allowed to play outside in a pit enclosed by eight-foot

concrete walls, or on a small section of playground monitored by the police

(Klicka 51)." The disciplinary problems of children usually start even

before they reach public school. In the last ten years, research shows that

infants raised in daycare "are more prone to behavioral problems as young

children than their home-reared cousins (Klicka 124)." If you keep your

child at home from the start, you will be able to discipline and raise your

children with the right morals. Because so much time is spend trying to

clean up and keep our schools safe, we are more or less falling behind in

our education. American's are farther behind in educational status than

countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and China. The teachers spend too much time

on the little things and forget the real reason why the children are there.

Not only that, but the textbooks hold inaccurate information and do not

contain the whole story. Some textbooks stated that the atomic bomb ended

the Korean War (instead of World War II) and that only 53,000, rather than

126,000 Americans, were killed in World War I (Klicka 24 25). One book

summarizes Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's life in approximately

six lines each. Not only are the wrong things written in the textbooks,

they teach the children wrong values.

On the other hand, when adults think about educating their children, they

often forget the option of home school. The idea of home schooling started

many years ago, but it really began to flourish in the 1970's. For many

people this was the only option, because either public schools lacked or the

schools were too far away for them to attend. In the present day, there are

over two million children being home schooled by their mothers and fathers,

over a fifteen percent rise in home school students each year (Kennedy 1).

A majority of home school students are white middle class families, but

minorities are finding that this option is also better for their children

rather than the public schools. Some of the main factors parents find from