Home schooling is probably a really good idea for a lot of people, but only for a certain (unknown) percentage of people who actually do it. And, among those who do manage to home school, I would guess that the effectiveness of home schooling varies from pretty good to dismal because homeschoolers are doing it for the wrong reasons, in some cases for just plain bad reasons, and/or they really don’t know what they are doing.
I have yet to meet a teacher who would claim that they are generally happy with what shows up at their classroom door from Home Schooling Land … even though most teachers with whom I have had this conversation are actually in favor of home schooling in principle.
The point here is that it is probably pretty easy to execute the process poorly and damage the child.
An analogy might be flying. Flying is great. We get from point A to point B quickly. But it is also kind of expensive, and really, flying in a giant commercial airliner is not really that great of an experience. Some people have opted to fly themselves, kinda like the home school version of air flight … get a pilots license get a small plane (or get into a system where you can rent planes) and fly yourself around wherever possible. These people truly experience flight, because they are in a smaller plane, communing with the clouds and sky and shit, and they are doing it themselves. Private flying is the home schooling of air transport.
However, being a private pilot requires a lot of training and there are quite a few rules to follow. So in this sense, the analogy is not exactlylike home schooling, which has almost no rules or training of any kind. (By the way, analogies are generally not exactly like that which they analogize. Otherwise they would not be analogies. They would be clone-alogies.) Nonetheless, private planes are way more likely to go down than commercial planes, and usually because of the dumbest reasons … oops, forgot fuel. Crash. Or, oops, got lost, no air strips, only forest or ocean … Crash. Or oops, I’m flying on instruments and never really learned to do that. So, which way is up again? Crash….
One could say that homeschooling is like this … a version of education that ideally would be much better than the “standard” approach, but in practice, is often (how often, we don’t know) executed poorly.
The reason that I think a lot of home schoolers are not doing a great job is because their motivations are not really in the interest of the child. Their motivations are often religious, or often political or often both. The children are being dragged along in the adult’s efforts to make some point, play some game, avoid some personal discomfort, get their jollies in one way or another, etc.
The following items are items that came across my virtual desk since I went to bed last night regarding home schooling. I’ve culled from about 20 sources to produce a set of commentaries … one could call it quote mining, or one could call it selective editing … to provide a sense of what part of the homeschoolers discourse looks like. I think this proves my point.
“57 unique benefits of home schooling” lists, not surprisingly, 57 “good things” about home scooling. Have a look.A lot of them are probably really true and important. But a lot of them are also more about either leisure or social isolation than about education.
I want my children to learn about God, Jesus, the Bible, and to not feel afraid to pray out loud, and worship God as we were created to do. And I certainly don’t need the school principal suspending them because they have infringed on their peers “freedom of religion”
Children have a right to wake up, go to school, learn, and never be afraid that the school might blow-up because someone brought a bomb to school. Think I’m exagerating? …
Home-schooled kids are only sheltered if parents make them that way…. as long as the parents make an effort to involve them in church activities, home-school umbrella groups, and other activities. They get to develop social skills without parents worrying as much about their kids picking up un-Godly habits.
Home Schooling In The Eyes Of Federal Law
US Constitution makes it pretty clear that the government shall neither interfere nor control with education, private or public. This, as a matter of fact is untrue.
So if this is true then certainly home schooling as per Federal Law is legal, that is because there exist no rule to suggest otherwise. Some of United States most famous Presidents came from home schools for instance – Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, all emerged from home schools. Why all the fuss if it’s legal? As per Federal Level the whole matter is legal.
But as soon as the matter reaches to state level, it is a complete chaos, that because of poor understanding by local officials of public schools of the basis laws. Most of then are completely ignorant when it comes down to understanding the meaning of these laws. And to a certain extent the officials are not at fault, there exists no uniform laws and laws vary across different states. What is prevalent in New York may not be the same as in California
Now honestly, I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks about homeschooling. I homeschooled my four children for reasons that made sense to ME, because they’re MY children, not the governments, not society’s, and not Jack’s. What I decided to teach them is my business, not the governments, not society’s, and not Jack’s. While I don’t necessarily agree that parents should isolate their children and school them in nothing but biblical history and caring for the home, I’ll reserve my angst as an opinion and fight for those parent’s right to teach exactly that.
Remember, this is just a few hours of what comes through my inbox every day, most of which I ignore. This is like dipping a vial in a stream to see if there is any pollution … yes, it turns out there is. Were I to cull over a month, the intensity of misguided religious intent and wacky libertarian arm waving would be much more palpable. In this case, though, I thought the short term sample would be a fairly impressive way to make the point.
Please don’t tell any of the homeschoolers I wrote this post. They will get mad at me and never leave me alone.