Friday, February 17, 2012

On Homeschooling

Amen, Dana Goldstein!
Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids

She said what I've felt for a while, but she said it better:
If progressives want to improve schools, we shouldn’t empty them out. We ought to flood them with our kids, and then debate vociferously what they ought to be doing.
Thing I'm thankful for: Brooke Russell. (She's a person I know in real life; I hope someday you know her, too.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Gretchen Alice said...

Yay for Brooke!
I want to talk more about homeschooling with you at a later date.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Ed Page said...

I agree with Gretchen, home schooling could be an interesting topic.

5:05 PM  
Blogger bh said...

i used to be super anti-homeschooling, but actually knowing some people who were homeschooled has really changed my perspective. the type of homeschooling described in this article isn't really schooling at all though.

also, why just liberals? how about: "everyone, actually educate your children" (in whatever form is best for your child)

10:26 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Um, yeah, I disagree. Sure, try to change the world. That's admirable. But not at the expense of my child's education.

We're planning on homeschooling. Why? Because I was never taught the metric system. Or where Guam is or why it's important. Or what "vociferously" means. (Just kidding. I know that one.)

It's a personal choice that any parent has a right to decide on. I don't have faith that, regardless of how many issues and debates I extend toward the Carroll County Board of Ed (or the State of Georgia, for that matter), they'll hear me. (Kinda how I view government in general, actually.)

Plus, I want to take Finn on awesome field trips.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Nikki. Try not to be shocked I'm commenting here. But you know how I get about homeschooling.

Education reform takes a long time. Kids are only in school a few years. When it comes down to it, I wouldn't sacrifice my child's education to improve education as a whole. Call me selfish.

Also, I think there is an elitist attitude among some public school supporters that is just as divisive and damaging as the one they claim to oppose in homeschool and private school supporters. I'm with Brooke -- everyone educate your children in whatever way is best for them. And then respect and even try to understand the choices of others.

That said, if I have children, public school is my ideal. But I also believe, like my mother, that "school shouldn't get in the way of a good education."

11:33 AM  

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