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HOMESCHOOLING

1) - Introduction:

A - Present ourselves.
B - Topics we are going to deal with during the presentation:
Proper definitions of homeschooling and public school.
Homeschooling: expectation vs reality
Differences between both terms.
Homeschooling in Argentina and around the world.
Conclusion and personal opinion.

Debate:
- What do you people think that homeschooling is?
- What about a Public School? Did you go to a public school? How was your daily routine in a
public school?
Definitions:
Homeschooling (n): the education of children at home by their parents or a tutor.
* We refer to homeschooling in American English and home education in British English.

Public School (n): an elementary or secondary school supported by the government, which provides
free education for children of a community or district.

In the UK, it is used to refer to a private independent fee-paying secondary school.

2) - Body:
Video:
There are some stereotypes established in our society and certain questions that people general
wander about homeschooling.

We are going to belie this simple statements:

- Waking up in the morning: even though its true homeschooling has more hour flexibility, the
schedule itself is going to depend on the organization and compliment of their parents.
- Getting ready: Again, it depends on the formality of the family. Some may let you attend to
your home classes in your pjs and others may make you wear an uniform just like in a regular
school.
- Socializing: Most of the homeschooled kids parents are aware of creating a healthy social
environment and the importance for children to get into different activities in order to meet other
children. (were going to go further on this aspect later on)
- Learning: Kids are always accompanied by at least one of their parents or a tutor during the
whole teaching process, therefore, theyre never alone while needing some help.
- Lunch: At home, parents are able to see the intake that their children are having during the
entire day, that counts from breakfast to snacks or principal meals. Moreover, they get to be
involved into the food process, into the purchasing, making and preparing some of the meals.
While in a cafeteria in a public school, if you dont pack their lunches up, you cant keep track of
what they choose to eat.
- Testing: Homeschooled kids have as much tests as in a regular school. This is the only way
for parents to know where the child is standing, what is he good at and what is he failing in. They
do have, however, more flexibility when it comes to exam dates and assignments deadlines.

Differences between Homeschooling and Public School:

HOMESCHOOLING PUBLIC SCHOOL

Teaching - Flexibility: - Non-flexible hours:


experience Optional places to carry out the Classes given in the same
class. establishment.
Parents get to choose their kids The school sets out the kids
timetables. timetables.

- Ultimate management of time: - Management of time:


10 minutes = 1 hour. more hours attending to school.
schedule: pack in all the lessons you diverse and general education:
need to get done within a short more divergence of subjects to get
amount of time. done within a longer amount of
plenty of free time. time.
limited holidays and free time.

- Individualized education: -Standardized way of educating children:


tailer education per child: go faster Classroom management: kids who
with subjects they like dont understand are left behind
and slow down with the subjects and advanced kids get bored and
theyre struggling with. distract the rest.
to improve each childs skill Several subjects to cover so they
and ability. go in a very pretty quick pace.
Better attention span: Children with Core curriculum: the state
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity department sets the basic
Disorder or other special needs have curriculum. They also set the
the full benefits of homeschooling. number of credits the students
must complete in order to
graduate. The school district which
depends on the community is
responsible for the specific content
taught in school. Teachers choose
freely how to organize their
classes with this content. The
education system passes from
subjecto to subject and get
through the year in a very quick
and progressive manner.

non-grade based. (do have marks) grade based.

- Parents can get stressed out or bored of - The teachers are well-prepared to keep
not having a break from their children, and children interested in classes.
they may not have as vast knowledge as
teachers.

Social - They tend to be as much (or even more) - They make sure to not miss out the
Implications social than public schooled kids. emotional aspect of connecting with other
kids: cultural opportunities.
- Helicopter parents prevent their children
from being bullied and come under bad - children may suffer from bullying, peer
influences by homeschooling. pressure and bad influences.

- extracurricular activities: parents need to - free activities included in the academic


pay to get their children into different year to join to.
interests.
Moral and - Parents consider homeschooling a way of - Parents may lose track of the moral
religious forming their kids morally whole. They values their children may take in at
standards usually turn out more mature and with well- school.
adapted behaviours.

- Over protected or poor-charactered - Character building and self-esteem


children. development.

- Parent abuse and violence. - Relievable establishment to leave your


children.
- Homeschool schedules are more flexible
and parents can be more permissive, so the - Keeping up a routine with an specific
kids can get lazy or irresponsible. non-flexible schedule allows kids to get
used to respond to certain responsibilities
without any excuses.
- Closer family relationships.
- Full-time workers dont usually have
much time to spend with their kids so
there are more distanced family
- Parents may bring their children up to their relationships.
religious beliefs.
- Sometimes, kids dont stand for the
- They can only turn to their parents, tutors, schools religious beliefs.
other relatives or friends.
- Children can count on not only their
teachers or friends, but also tutors,
teachers assistants, directors, school
counselors, etc.

Testing and - As much testing as public schools or - Daily, weekly or monthly testing.
college sometimes even more:
admissions Only way to know where the child is
standing , what are they good at and
what are they failing in.

- Bendable exam dates and assignments - Strict exam dates and assignments
deadlines. deadlines.

- Homeschooled kids are asked to show - Students get diplomas and standardized
their academic performance by taking exams included at school, such as the
courses in a local college, joining SAT or ACT to apply to colleges: the
organizations in their community, providing scores are used for college admissions
samples of academic projects they have and merit-based scholarships. The
accomplished, sending multiple biggest difference between the tests is
recommendations from non-family members that the ACT has a science test, and the
and taking additional testings, such as SAT has a math section in which
SATs, before applying to college calculators are not allowed.
- An end-of-the-year exam to update the
government how the kid is going with his
grades.

- Official high school transcript (grade point


averages based on the grades entered)
created at home to apply to colleges.
- Students can get college credits by
- Children dont get credits for testing and taking up certain activities,
homeschooling and they need to attend to which help them out when applying to
extra activities in order to prove that they tuition or scholarships.
have the intention of performing something.

- Consider a community college to keep


track of credits earned, and be sure to
match them up to the credits needed for the
chosen major at the 4 year school and also
for the savings.

- better academic overalls: from 15 to 30


points higher than public schools testing.

Cost - Cheap: around $300 per child every year. - More expensive: between $3,000 and
$5,000 per child every year.

Homeschooling in Argentina:

In 2006, Argentinian homeschoolers attempted to have education included in the review of the
education law, but they were unsuccessful in their efforts. Therefore, homeschooling is not yet
formally recognized as an alternative form of education. Nowadays, homeschooling is neither
legal nor illegal, in other words, there are no specific laws regulating homeschooling in
Argentina, and therefore no legal framework within which to operate. This makes it almost
impossible for homeschoolers to obtain academic certificates and diplomas. There are, though,
homeschool support organizations and pro-homeschool curriculums and study material.
The only laws that can be consider as applicable to homeschooling in Argentina are the
followings:

Minor children are under the authority and care of parents


Parents have the duty and the right to raise, support, and educate their children
The State guarantees the constitutional right to teach and learn
The family is a natural and primary agent in the education of children
Parents have the right to choose an educational institution that corresponds to their
philosophical, ethical or religious convictions.
It also depends on the state or district we are referring to. In Capital Federal - Buenos Aires, for
example, theres the option for parent to prepare their children for a final exam as an external
student, in order to make it valid for colleges applications.

- Debate: Does any of you know someone who was homeschooled in Argentina or in
another country? Do you know how his/her experience was like? What do you think about
our current illegal-homeschooling situation in the country? Why?

Homeschooling around the world:

Color Key:

Green: Legal under no conditions, or only registration.


Yellow: Legal under regulating conditions, such as mandatory tests and checks.
Orange: Legal under restricting conditions, like a teaching certificate or permit.
Red: Illegal.
Grey: No available data.

3)- Conclusion:

Summarizing of the topics given:


Proper definitions of homeschooling and public school.
Homeschooling: expectation vs reality
Differences between both terms.
Homeschooling in Argentina and around the world.

Personal opinion: To round things off, after the research weve done, we ended up thinking that
at the end, it doesnt really matter if the kids homeschooled or attends to a public school, it all
comes down under parenting.
So, if you as a parent are not someone who has firm moral values or someone who doesnt goes
out with your kids and introduce them to new people, or interest them in new things, then
obviously thats going to play a big role into socializing and learning. People shouldn't put blame
onto school or educational systems, because its a matter of being good parents, and they need
to take responsibility for themselves.

Vocabulary, idioms, phrasal-verbs and collocations used:

To round things off: to wrap up the idea of something


Helicopter parent: A parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.
Peer pressure: a strong feeling that you must do the same things as other people of your
age if you want them to like and integrate you.
Core curriculum: a school curriculum in which the subjects are correlated to a central
theme.
Academic overall: covering or including everything.
To have a break from sb: to get away from someone and feel relieved or relaxed.
To go down a rabbit hole: To enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is
particularly strange,problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic.
To play a role in sth: to participate in something in a specific way.

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get into sth: to become involved in doing something.


keep track of: Awareness of something occurring or passing. / lose track of: fail
to keep informed or aware of something.
pack up: to put things into cases, bags, etc. in order to move, sell or store them.
set out: to start doing something or making plans to do something in order to
achieve a particular result.
carry out: to do something that needs to be organized and planned. To bring
something to completion; to accomplish.
pack in: to do a lot in a limited period of time, or fit a lot of information, ideas etc
into a limited space.
slow down: to become slower or to make something slower.
get through: to come successfully to the end of an unpleasant experience or a
period of time.
miss out: to not have the chance to do something that you enjoy and that would
be good for you.
take in: to understand and remember new facts and information.
to form sb whole: constituting the entirety of a person's nature or development by
inculcating knowledge or beliefs.
turn out: to happen in a particular way or to have a particular result.
keep up: to continue doing something.
stand for: to support a particular set of ideas, values, or principles.
count on: to rely or depend on someone.
turn to: to try to get help, advice, or sympathy from someone.
take up: to become interested in a new activity and to spend time doing it.
help out: to help someone because they are busy or have problems
bring up: to take care of and educate a child into adulthood.
in order to: for the purpose of.
go out: to leave ones house.
come down: to happen.
end up: to terminate something; to bring something to an end.

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depend on
struggle with
interested in
suffer from
join to
good at
fail in/at
apply to
to deal with
to put blame on
attempt to
successful/unsuccessful in/at
correspond to
introduce to
a matter of
take responsibility for
need to
refer to