Why I Homeschool : The Answers Change Almost As Fast As My Kids

1084 WordsJul 4, 20165 Pages
In the article “Why I Homeschool: The Answers Change Almost as Fast as My Kids Do. But My Commitment to At-Home Learning Remains Strong.” Amy Thornton-Kelly initially home schooled her three children in order to spend more time with them. This was her only reason, or so she thought. Amy Thornton–Kelly explains the many reasons why homeschooling is the best decision she has made. First, she explains that once her husband and her considered homeschooling “the floodgates opened” to the many benefits of homeschooling. It alleviates stress, allows her kids to learn in a healthier environment and allows her to teach her kids in a more profound way. Second, Thornton-Kelly states that homeschooling allows her kids to better master subjects,…show more content…
If Amy would have been trying to reach a scholar community, she should have had to include more research, statistics and different psychological theories on the effects of homeschooling, be it either positive or negative effects. Amy Thornton-Kelly makes a valid argument as to why homeschooling is a good choice, but does not have any research or statistics to back up her theories. Her argument relies heavily on personal experience, and generalizations. By not having conducted any research, readers have no hard evidence or facts to truly know if homeschooling is a good option for them. Homeschooling could be the best choice for her and her family, but it might not be the best decision for other parents. If Amy were to have quoted research that may have been done or referenced case studies done on children who have been homeschooled compared to children who have not been home schooled, then her argument would have more credibility. Homeschooling not only takes away all your time, but it also costs a lot of money to homeschool. When homeschooling, you’re responsible for everything; including books, food, and extracurricular activities. Amy does not mention any of this. However, Amy appeals to the audience by stating that she started off as a regular mom taking her children to school and working a full time job. Amy
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