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 Argument Essays – the basics

An argument essay

Should parents educate their children at home.

In Britain some parents are now choosing to educate their children at home. This is often because some children find it difficult to fit into the school system because they are especially gifted or have problems of some kind. However, despite the various arguments that have been put forward for home tutoring, this essay will argue that it is better for a child to be educated at school.

Teaching children at home has a number of advantages. Firstly, parents feel that their children will be able to realise their potential better if they can work at their own rate and concentrate on specific subjects. For example, there have been cases of children who have gone to university as young as twelve or thirteen because they are especially gifted and have opted out of the school system. Parents feel that they will also be able to protect their children from harmful influences they may encounter at school if they keep them at home. Problems such as truancy and drugs are common and adolescents particularly can be led astray by their peers. Thus, school can prevent learning from taking place effectively.

However, there are also arguments in support of sending children to school rather than educating them at home. First of all, children are isolated at home. At school, on the other hand, they are able to socialise and meet people of different ages and so become increasingly independent. Children also need their peers to do subjects like sports and drama. Another important point is that schools have more resources and equipment than can be provided at home such as libraries, sports equipment and laboratories for science experiments. A final argument is that school can offer a much wider range of subjects and expertise than parents can provide on their own. Parents would need to have a whole range of professional knowledge in science subjects like physics and chemistry to English literature and economics. It is also questionable whether parents could keep a disciplined study atmosphere at home because of the friendly family atmosphere. In sum, home tuition can affect social independence and fail to provide the correct resources and professional teaching.

To sum up, it seems that education at school is preferable to learning at home. Although home education aids concentration and protection, it limits socialising, availability of resources and professional teaching. There may be particular cases where home tutoring would be advantageous, such as for severely disabled children; however, for the vast majority of children there are greater benefits from going to school.    

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Two-sided Argument Outline

Introduction

  General

 

  Specific

 

  Outline & thesis statement

 

 
Main Body

  YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

  Summary

 

  Thesis

 

  Recommendations for the future

 

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Two-sided Argument Outline

Introduction
  General: Parents educate children at home
  Specific:  Some children find it difficult to fit in school system
  Outline & thesis statement:Look at the arguments for and against   / Better to be educated at school
 
Main Body

  YES 1)  Better potential

  • work at own rate /
  • concentrate on specific subjects
  • support: university at 12 or 13

         2) Protection 

  • harmful influences
  • truancy / drugs

   Concluding sentence: School can prevent learning taking place

  NO 1) isolation 

  • Socialisation / meet people = independence
  • Peer for sport

       2) More resources & equipment

  • Libraries, sports equipment and laboratories for science experiments

      3) Expertise

  • Parents’s lack of professional knowledge
  • Control the studying atmosphere

   Concluding sentence: difficult to draw boundaries and affect independence

Conclusion
  Summary:Home education = concentration and protection.
Schools = socialising, resources, professional teaching.
  Thesis: Greater benefits from going to school.
  Recommendations for the future: Severely-disabled children = home education.

 

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Argument essay: Home Education

 Question: ‘Should parents educate their children at home?’ This is the full lesson from the images above. The essay can be used in a number of different ways – see the lesson plan. Words: 440  Level ***** [B1/B2C1]

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 Argument Essays

Argument essays on a variety of topics and divided into two types; general and academic. These essays are block-type arguments of 500-700 words long, divided into four paragraphs with three clear arguments for and against.

Argument Lesson Topics

What is a two-sided argument essay?

A two-sided argument essay presents a balanced and objective analysis of both sides of an argument, and a one-sided argument presents a thesis which the writer sets out to prove in order to persuade the reader. 

 

How is it different from a one-sided argument essay?

A one-sided argument (persuasive) essay is one in which the writer attempts to persuade the audience to agree with their thesis. It usually includes counter-arguments (the opposing views) which the writer refutes in order to make his/her arguments stronger. Go here for: one-sided argument essays

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  1. A reading to highlight key arguments.  
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  3. A guided writing where the tutor provides the completed outline and the students write an essay using these ideas.
  4. A listening – the tutor reads out the essay and the students note down the key arguments.

 

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