Teachers are required to obtain professional degrees because it provides them with the skills and backgrounds necessary to build and execute curricula while teaching degrees and certification requirements develop a teacher’s ability to educate a fairly large group of students in an efficient manner. Furthermore, almost any degree can provide individuals with experiences and shape their reasoning abilities so they can contribute to the education of students beyond the curriculum. More importantly, a college degree represent a training process that has instilled the skill sets needed to fully and deeply understand, interpret, and apply professional resources, such as research, publications, and other academic tools that professional teachers can utilize in the pursuit of educating their students. Therefore, parents with college degrees, who home school their children, can provide an almost equivalent educational experience; however, it is parents who wish to personally educate their children at home, but do not hold degrees, that raise questions as to whether or not the benefits of a degree can be neglected when a parent is teacher.
As parents of home schooled children will likely be educating far less students than a professional teacher, the one on one interaction that a parent provides can overcome the lack of professional training by tailoring the educational experience to the specific needs of the students. So long as parents receive training in specific teaching techniques, discipline methods, and educational activities, they will likely be able to instruct their children in a manner similar to professional teachers, especially in the early years of education, so long as there is a school approved curriculum. It is when students progress to specialized subjects, such as the sciences, that most parents, even those with degrees, will likely be unable to completely fulfill their children’s educational needs in all subject areas. Moreover, some parents are able to provide information and resources necessary for sciences, like physics and calculus, while tutors may be necessary, but the vast majority of parents will likely not be able to fulfill these needs do to a lack of resources and ability.
Moving forward, home schooling a child does not necessarily mean the family is cut off form the local schools as home curriculum should be approved by the local school. Since it is the responsibility of public schools to ensure a child receives a quality education, they need to be involved with home educators. Not only can the public education system set the base standards and assessment tools for home education, but schools need to provide support by giving home schooled children access to school resource and opening opportunities for parents to interact with teachers, who specialize in advanced areas of study, to help improve the parent’s teaching methods and clarify their views on subject material. Furthermore, it is tempting for administrations to scorn home teachers for rejecting the quality of their schools, but cooperation is necessary to maintain healthy relationships with parents of home schooled children for the sake of the students. Aside from providing access to school resources, administers and teachers may try to provide partial school attendance for classes in the sciences and math. Meanwhile, parents way want to consider forming support groups with other home educators to help improve their abilities to home school and to provide multiple teachers who might be able to better explain certain subjects on a temporary basis.
Over all, home schooling a child is a huge challenge as it requires a great amount of effort and family resources as schools should not be expected to divert any significant resources away their students. Moreover, a parent without a degree is not ideal as pubic schools should be able to provide a quality education in a safe, healthy environment, but public schools do not always live up to the standards of parents nor can the classroom environment always provide for a student’s special needs. Above all, there are ways of coping with home schooling for the parents, students, and locals schools that can provide a superior education for the student.