Most (real) school teachers and most home schooling parent do a good job. A few
in both categories are not good at teaching.However, it is the
parents right and responsibility to educate their children as THEY see fit.
Regardless of what the teachers' union might think, or the neighbors, or a
specific church.Bravo to all the parents who make the commitment and
do home schooling, and produce well educated children who will be successful in
life. In general, they will also be more freedom loving, and resistant to the
nanny state diktats of those who insist their policies must be followed.Freedom has many rewards, and many risks.
I do believe that homeschooling can work it sounds like these parents are on the
ball and doing a good job, but I know far too many home schooled kids who are
being educationally neglected to the detriment of society and taxpayers. I
can't tell you about how many kids that I know that have been
"home-schooled" just so they can babysit their younger siblings all day
long (a problem in Utah County). I know of an eight year old who still cannot
read and write because he was enrolled in an online charter school that
obviously isn't required to show accountability. I don't mind
schooling choices but we erroneously rely on trust rather than accountability
measures. As Ronald Reagan used to say "trust, but verify" and I think
that fits the "schooling choice" phenomenon as well.
Parents do not own their children. Parents are not free to abuse or neglect
them, and parental abuse/neglect can easily take the form of "home
Can't resist commenting. Three cheers to Utah for opening public school
programs to home schooling families We home schooled our children
for 25 years. Key benefits: 1. Kids learn how to learn on their own and teach
themselves, 2. Kids become vertically socialized which is much more like real
life, rather than horizontally socialized among the peer group, and 3. Parents
can teach spiritual realities along with secular subjects. As a result,
children mature better, relate to adults and younger children better and overall
are much more prepared for life. There are many other benefits for
family life. Time together is just one. Scorecard: 1 in Med school.
1 Army officer. A counselor for troubled youth. Multiple scholarships. The downside. We now have a cohort of children who think they know, and in
many cases do know, more than their parents. (But they are also astute enough to
realize their parents are also still learning).
There are always those who criticize homeschoolers and think they are weird. I
wonder what they will think when ALL kids do some amount of "learning at
home" through online courses, as will be the case within the next decade. I
think we are moving towards more of a hybrid model, where all kids will take at
least one or two classes at home online to meet their needs/interests.When all are homeschoolers to some degree, will it still be weird?
I know of so many home schooled children who are doing well. They are avoiding
the horrible conditions that exist in so many of our public schools. If home
schooling were encouraged by offering a stipend (of about 1/2 of what the public
schools get) to the parents to any home schooled child, it would be a great
win/win--better educated kids for significantly less cost. This stipend would
need to be accompanied by a "trust but verify" philosophy but it could
work. I wonder if a couple of districts could try this out on an experimental
Irony Guy:Parents are not allowed to "neglect" their
children's education by homeschooling them, but the state is free to do so
by forcing them to attend sub-standard public schools?