There should be tax breaks for parents who choose to take their children out of school and teach them at home
Approximatley 20,000 children are home schooled in the UK. However none of these none of the families that choose to educate their children at home are offered any economic help by the government. Should this change?
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Tax Breaks would help offset cost of home-schooling
As any local education authority will tell you, the cost of educating a child is high. If parents take the decision to home school their children, fiscal as well as educational issues have to be considered. Parents should be given at least some reward and encouragement for taking some of the financial burden away from the state sector.
It is a myth that homeschooling is a middle class phenomenon. 42% of home-educating families in the UK earn less than the national average wage, and 17% of home schooling families live on incomes under £10,000 per annum.[[http://www.home-schooling-uk.com/]]
This serves as proof of the fact that many families home-school their children as a last resort for reasons such as bullying. Many of these families are low-income or in receipt of benefits and a tax break from the government would help ease the financial burden and help pay for the books and materials that would be needed.
It is every parents duty to educate their children, why be rewarded for what we should be doing ?, the reward is the educated child. Nobody but YOU wanted the child/children so why keep taking from society as though it is societies burden ?. Most of us educate our children through love and duty but still send them to school to learn social skills,sharing,teamwork etc, it is part of learning the unniversity of life. Accept your responsibility, the tax payer carries enough. And again what another colosul benefit fiddle for some.
The right to be different
By providing tax breaks the state will send a message in favour of the existence of different educational models within the same society.
Parents and children already have the right to be different and to look to different educational models. However, it would surely be a strain on our economy if we were to try and be too accommodating. We currently have a state education system that works very effectively for most people. By providing tax breaks for parents whose children learn from home we run the risk of taking crucial money away from schools where the children in question probably would have been very happy anyway.
Tax breaks may increase state involvment in home-schooling
Parents that home-school their children obviously have a much larger role in their child’s academic development. Due to the fact that home-schooling is unregulated, parents can set their own curriculum for their children and do not have to adhere to the formal tests that children in the public sector have to. It is the Parents prerogative what they teach their children and ultimately a reflection upon them how their children turn out. If tax breaks for home-school parents are introduced, there may be certain stipulations attached to them by the Government, which must be adhered to become eligible for them. This might force home-school parents to compromise they way they teach their children.
The redistributive character of taxation
The families that choose to provide this kind of education to their children obviously do not face any significant financial problems and limitations. It is true that in a sense it would be fair from them to be excluded from paying tax for public education purposes, since their children do not use the public education system. However, this view does not take into consideration society as a whole and the redistributive character of taxation. We do not pay taxes only for the public services that we use but in order to contribute to the well-being of society and its most vulnerable members. By paying taxes, affluent families help the children of less affluent ones to receive proper public education.
Tax breaks mean encouragement
Although families have the right to provide home education to their children, it is doubtful whether the state should encourage that choice. These children are not properly socialised and do not have the chance to meet people with a different social background within a pluralistic public education system. Although the families involved in this issue make use of their individual right of choice, it is not sure whether the state should approve their policy by providing tax breaks to them.
The government would be well-advised to encourage a greater number of parents in the UK to begin home schooling their children. "In a large classroom setting, even the best-trained teacher is incapable of giving the individual attention necessary to help each student excel. Parents are not only able to devote much more time to their children, but they also know their pupils on a personal level. They are able to tailor their curriculum and teaching styles in ways that are most conducive to their child's productivity"[[http://www.allaboutparenting.org/advantages-of-home-schooling-faq.htm]]. Having more students that are able to reach their full academic potential has clear social and economic benefits for the UK, and as such parents should be encouraged to teach their children at home.
No. Why segregate.
Why segregate the child from learning life skills and team work and sharing which they gain at school ? together with the all important social skills ?, its part of the unniversity of life which cannot be taught at home. It is your duty as a parent to teach your children anyway, why keep on looking for rewards or handouts ?. Children learn at home, but learn more about life at school.
No its negative
It is rather negative that a parent be rewarded for educating their offspring at home when we have expensive schools doing the job, together with social skills which cannot be taught at home. We as parents wanted children and accordingly teach them for free because we wanted them and it should not be anyone else's burden. We do not keep looking for handouts for what is our duty. And again it would be open to yet more fraud like the woman claiming for 19 kids, and that is rampant across the uk because it is easy and free.
Its a privilege.
It is a privilege to have children so why expect handouts all the time ?. Why did these people have children ? For the taxpayers benefit ?. We had children because we wanted these special little people. Why keep taking ?.
The taxpayer paid for the school.
Why take more from the overly charged taxpayer ? they already paid for the schools. Let the children learn more at school and go get a job if you have that amount of spare time.
What do you think?