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What do George Washington Thomas Edison and Theodore Roosevelt have in common besides fame None of them joined school formally Winger and Kantrowitz 6 In recent years many have followed their example and started learning at home in the United States The number of home schooled children has greatly increased over the past decade Many have argued against home schooling while many others see no negative outcomes involved Although homeschooling has no major benefits over public schooling evidence shows that parents can help children achieve a level of education similar to other school students and that homeschooled children do not lack in social skills Home schooling was previously favored by religious people who wanted their children to conform to their own values and beliefs which they believed could be altered in a public school Wingert and Kantrowitz 1 Home schooling was made legal in 1993 in the United States Wingert and Kantrowitz 1 Some states have minimum qualifications for parents and provide supervision from the government Today 15 million almost 1 percent of the total population of students are learning in their own homes Lyman Not home alone 3 Now home schooling and home schooled children are more acceptable by the public than in earlier years One of the oppposing arguments states that parents do not have the knowledge required by an educator to take responsibility of teaching therefore the children would be poorly educated in comparison to other students Wingert and Kantrowitz 2 However this is not so Parents are not alone as there are many facilities available today to help them To begin with home schooling parents form groups in their community to help each other out They take turns teaching small groups of children For instance where one parent might be good at teaching math the other might be better at language Wagner 5 In addition to the help they get from each other there are many tools and services available that
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