People choose home schooling because certain special demands could not be provided for at schools. In the U. S., the special needs are mostly about religion, whereas Chinese parents, mostly elite ones, teach children at home because of their dissatisfaction with exam-oriented education. Some children are unique and possess outstanding learning abilities.
Complementary to formal education, home schooling passes the responsibility of teaching on to individual parents. Compared with onetype-fits-all textbooks, teaching methods and exams, parents can arouse children’s interests and create a more open, more efficient and favorable learning environment by teaching them at home. Besides, it helps foster a harmonious family and develops the child’s integrity.
New pragmatic educational methods are often created by individual families or at the community level. Therefore, I think home schooling should be given more legal support so that those taught by their parents can smoothly fit in to university life and be fully recognized by society. Education is not just about imparting knowledge, but also fostering a sound character. Children can learn to follow rules, respect laws and get along with others in school, capacities which may not be well cultivated at home.
There are problems with both the public education system and home schooling. School education, so far, is still a better choice given its maturity. Receiving education in school is a legal right of every child. As parents, we cannot deprive children of such a right. Therefore, the law should protect children’s legitimate right to go to school.