6 Feb 2018

“America’s Greatest Gift” by Alison Smith

“America’s Greatest Gift”
by Alison Smith, CCS 8th Grader

I believe America’s greatest gift to my generation is the ability to be homeschooled. According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary education means, “To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education in indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties” (Webster 68). More importantly, God ordained family to train and educate children (Deuteronomy 4:9). Homeschooling offers students the ability to learn on a Biblical foundation (which is also how our country was established), presents many academic advantages, and enables us to achieve success in the “real world.”

Biblical truth is especially important to me and my parents. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4). Since I am homeschooled, I am able to be taught with a Biblical Foundation. Public School Systems are becoming more controlled by the civil government, which is effectively removing God from all curriculum, especially in American History. Proverbs 22:6 instructs parents to “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

There are multiple academic advantages to being homeschooled. The biggest academic advantage is getting to have your curriculum “custom tailored” to “fit” each student and his or her learning style. Because of this, homeschoolers get a great education. “The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests” (Ray 2). An obvious advantage is that the student to teacher ratio is much smaller than traditional schools. All of these benefits give homeschoolers academic advantages.

Homeschoolers succeed in the “Real World.” According to Dr. Brian Ray, more homeschoolers on average are involved in community service. He also determined that homeschoolers are more likely to vote and attend public meetings. Finally, “The research base on adults who were home educated is growing; thus far it indicates that they . . . go to and succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than the general population” (Ray 3).

In my opinion, homeschooling is America’s greatest gift to my generation because home-educated students can base their education on Biblical truth, have many educational benefits and ultimately have a greater success rate when they reach adulthood.



Works Cited

“Advantages of Homeschooling.” FamilyEducation, www.familyeducation.com/school/benefits- homeschooling/why-do-people-homeschool. Accessed 17 Sept. 2017.

Ray, Brian D. “Research Facts on Homeschooling.” National Home Education Research Institute, National Home Education Research Institute. P.O. Box 13939, Salem, OR 97309. Tel: 503-364-1490; Fax: 503-364-2827; e-Mail: mail@Nheri.org; Web site: http://Www.nheri.org, 31 Dec. 2014, eric.ed.gov/?id=ED556234. Accessed 17 Sept. 2017.

Webster, Noah. Webster’s Dictionary: unabridged. New Haven, Publisher not identified, 1828.

“40 Bible Verses about Teaching Children.” What Does the Bible Say About Teaching Children? www.openbible.info/topics/teachig_children. Accessed 17 Sept. 2017.

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