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Many families are turning to home schooling as the solution to the decaying public school system However home schooling is not a new idea Until the early 1900s home education was the predominant form of education in our country As more and more people become aware of the advantages of home schooling the number of home schoolers continues to swell One of the main objections of home schooling versus public education is that there are no socialization skills acquired by the children However home schoolers interrelate with more children than do those in public schools Public school children are confined to a classroom 180 days a year with little opportunity to go on field trips or explore an education outside of the classroom They are trapped with a group of children their own age while their talents are stifled Home schoolers have more involvement with community activities music and art lessons sports participation and church youth groups than do public school children Nearly every community in the country has a local home schooling support group These groups meet weekly for socialization field trips and other organized activities Also home schooled children can be protected from adverse socialization such as peer pressure and drugs Similarly home schooled children are being taught with the most effective method of instruction the tutorial method It is clear that one-to-one instruction by parents is far more efficient than in institutional schools As a result home schoolers only need to spend half as much time receiving formal instruction than publicly educated students Furthermore not only can home schoolers compete academically but they excel Generally they perform well above average Another reason for the bias against parents who home school is the lack of education of the parent or teaching without a degree Most education officials publicly claim that teachers need special qualifications in order to be effective Whether the home school parent has a teaching certificate a college degree or a
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