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Overview of Common Arguments Against Homeschooling

While homeschooling gains popularity throughout the country, there are still many people who speak out against it. When you are making the decision to homeschool your children or send them to private or public school, you should be aware of the common arguments against homeschooling.

Argument Against Homeschooling – Socialization

The most common argument against homeschooling is one of socialization. Many non-homeschooling families believe that home schooled children are kept isolated from other children or people in general. They say that children in school settings get the chance to be with their peers all day long.

This argument against homeschooling is not supported by research. Also, many homeschool families counter it by asking if being with children all the same age is appropriate socialization to begin with.

Argument Against Homeschooling – Lack of Curriculum

Another argument against homeschooling is the notion that your child will be exposed to more limited curriculum. Due to availability or cost, it is true that some resources will not be available. However, this argument against homeschooling seems to ignore the vast curriculum, library, and interest resources that are available.

Argument Against Homeschooling – No Multiculturalism

In this politically correct world, some people think that children should be exposed to many different cultures. One possible argument against homeschooling is that the child will not interact daily with people of different races or religions. However, since religion is not discussed in school, and since the race of a school child will be the same in the school as in the community at large, this argument against homeschooling falls flat.

Argument Against Homeschooling – No Testing or Assessment

Public schools are very big on testing and assessment of the student’s progress. Some people are against homeschooling because there is little emphasis on testing. However, many state laws require incremental testing of homeschool children, and families can purchase standardized tests from educational sources whenever they want.

Argument Against Homeschooling – Reduces Funds for Schools

The most outlandish argument against homeschooling that I have ever heard is that it reduces funding for public schools, and thus leaves other children at a disadvantage. It is true in many cases that the amount of money a school receives is based on enrollment numbers. The more children who are home schooled, the less money goes to the school. This argument against homeschooling is absurd, as homeschool families still pay school taxes, and their child is not in the school to need the money that would otherwise come from the state.

These arguments against homeschooling must be considered in your decision on how to educate your children. If you decide to homeschool them, you should be prepared to defend your position against these arguments against homeschooling.

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  5. aubrey

    On May 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    this article makes a lot of sense. as much as i believe i would dislike home schooling a lot of the statistics show its good. there would be plenty of things i would be missing out on but there is also a lot i am missing out on by not being home schooled. Gives me a lot to thing about.

  6. David Ellington

    On November 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Very good, helped me a lot.

  7. Ian

    On January 7, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Mind citing the research?

    There are good experiences, and there are some VERY bad ones. While some homeschooled children are allowed to socialize outside of the house, at my church there are some egregious examples of the reverse. There are children that are not allowed to do anything (literally) without parental or church supervision. They are so ridiculously sheltered that their social development is stunted beyond belief; the 5th grader still sucks his thumb and the 16-year-old cannot hold a conversation with anyone his own age. All of his friends are like 10 years old. He stayed in our church’s program for 3rd-5th grade boys until he graduated the eighth grade; he has never seen a PG-13 or R-rated movie, ever, besides The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. He isn’t even allowed to see The Passion of the Christ. Wherever he goes, at 16, he must be accompanied by an adult church member or one of his parents. They get Dish TV but have it set so that you need a code to watch anything other than Sky Angel. The 16-year-old is occasionally allowed to watch Fox News. This family comes to church on Sunday with each male child dressed exactly like their father. Then at the church I go to youth group at (different church because my church of 1000 people is mostly made of families such as that), the homeschooled kids are a different story. Most of them were at one point very sheltered and now drink, smoke, and have sex at every chance they get because they have been given a little freedom. I’m not saying that all homeschooling is bad, but so many parents do it for the wrong reasons (to shelter their children from anything not strictly Evangelical Christian) that their children end up a mess.

  8. Jesse

    On January 11, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Homeschooling leads to socialy retarted children who cannot cope with the eyery day life that public schooled children can. When faced with problems with compromise, teamwork, diversity, or even bullies, they just crumble and fail. Do not homeschool children.

  9. llking

    On January 26, 2010 at 12:34 am

    its funny you all should say that, but do you not know that homeschooling was the only form of education since the begining of time..the smartest people that we know or read about are self taught (schooled at home). dont be so quick to judge and everything is for everybody

  10. Kayne

    On February 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    This is a very helpful article and i have to say from my own knowledge it is rather accurate. I have a friend who was home schooled and he is not socially “retarded” but the opposite. He has a large group of friends, regularly attends social gatherings to play cards and is extremely intelligent.

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