Noodlekaboodle. I wonder if the limited ability parents have to affect what goes
on in public schools with respect to curriculum and standards contributes to the
lack of parental involvement. To me the current public education system with its
high level of federal and state control discourages parental involvement.
Nice article on home schooling. Certainly this is a step in the right direction
in terms of positive reporting. However, I can't help but wonder if the
data had shown that public school students had significantly better college
grades and outscored home and private schools on the ACT Composite, English,
Reading, and Science if words like "in some cases" or "might already
be worth it" would have been used to soft pedal its success. I wonder if the
hard copy headline would have had "Public Schooling: Study Notes Higher Ed
Success" in very small letters above the cover picture and "Prepared for
College" is large very type below.
The ACT numbers aren't adding up. The average score among all students
nationwide is 21.1, so public-school averages should be right at that number or
just below, at best. The figure of 25 quoted in the article as "average"
makes no sense, as that is actually a very strong composite score.
In my opinion achievement is most closely linked to parental involvement than
the location of their education. I would submit that the vast majority of
parents who home school care about their kids. The public school numbers are
kids who range from kids with parents who care as much as home school parents,
all the way to parents who have no desire to be involved in their kids lives. I
would be interested to see the numbers that compare kids who have involved
parents in regular school vs home school and see how those numbers play out. The
sad fact is most kids with parents who don't care won't achieve in
We home school and have had good results - our 14-year-old got 33 on the ACT, 5
on Calculus BC, 4 on Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics C - Mechanics. I
believe our results do not have to be an exception. With proper approach it
would be possible to have 30% of all 14-year-olds achieve something similar.
Some things do need to change, though:- Education must become
home-centered. That does not mean parents do everything, but they must be in
charge. 7+ hours in the public education system with only a couple with the
parents is extremely out of balance.- The parents need to be
assertive in teaching the youth to stay away from dumb stuff - video games,
mind-numbing music, IQ-lowering TV shows, useless texting, etc- We
need to have a clean system for recognizing actual achievement vs just
educational process. If someone has a skill there should be a way to prove it
with no hoop-jumping. Every college class should have a well publicized option
for credit by exam at a reasonable cost. The possibility of getting a
Bachelor's at the age of 16 will motivate talented youth to press ahead.