This outline is a little over due and need to get it finished but don't know how to continue it. Feel free to make adjustments, I want to get a decent grade on this.
I. When I was about seven months pregnant with my first son, I remember the high school principal, coming to me and verifying that I was due mid to late February. "Good, because the last week, in January, I have all of our subs scheduled, so you can't have the baby then." I knew instantly, that that would be the week our son would be born. And, it turned out that I was right. January 29th, my water broke at school, and on the afternoon of January 30th, our first son, Gabriel, was finally delivered. And, although I somehow knew he would be born that week, what I didn't know was that he would spend ten days in the neonatal intensive care unit...NICU for short. And although I had done lots of reading, taken childbirth class, and listened to MANY childbirth stories, nothing had really prepared me or my husband to have a baby in the NICU.
Although thousands of healthy babies are born each year without incident, according to a 2003 Methodist Hospital Newsletter, over 12,000 babies have been cared for in the past 30 years at their neonatal intensive care unit. That's roughly 400 babies a year at just one hospital. So, the possibility of you knowing someone that has a baby in the NICU is a real probability
II. I would like to talk to you about homeschooling children vs. putting them in public school. By the end of my speech I hope you can see things from my perspective.
III. I will talk about the pros and cons of both, homeschooling vs. public, and also some personal stories that I have about family that is homeschooled.
I. The good and bad of homeschooling.
1. Child Safety
a. No worries about bullies
b. Choose what adults have access to the children
c. Less exposure to bad influences like drugs
2. Curriculum control
1. Lack of proper socialization
2. Parents inadequate teaching skills
3. Poor Economy
(Transition: There are many good things that can come from homeschooling but also a lot of bad things as well. Now I will talk about the good thing and bad things about public schooling.)
II. The Pros and Cons of Public Schooling.
1. Chance to Socialize with others in their age range
3. Certified instructors
1. Child Safety
a. Risk of bullies
b. Not much of a choice who is teaching child.
c. Exposed to drugs and other bad influences
2. Lack of curriculum control
3. Too much emphasis on standardized testing
III. Continue from here...