Sunday, August 05, 2007

Response to a response to a comment

From Janine Cate at Why Homeschool
We got the following comment on Bureaucracy may destroy the public school system.

Anonymous said...

Homeschooling does not allow for all students' needs. Lets get real. Only parents who can afford to stay home all day can afford to home school. Also, parents who are academically challenged cannot effectively homes school their own children.

If a parent wishes to home school they make the choice on their own. To constantly criticize public schools will not help poor performing schools. It seems as though all home school educators do is surf the web in search of public school horror stories.

If you have all day to sit at home and have your kids work on worksheets or drill and kill on the computer, take time to work with the public schools and make them better. You see public schools belong to the public and their successes or failures also belong to the public at large. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Janine's response is pretty good. I can't improve on what she said but I can add this;

* Homeschooling does not allow for all students needs of course - well duh. Public schooling does not allow for all students needs either.

* Teaching your kids does not, I think, require a great deal of academic preparation. It is not rocket science, it's not building an atomic bomb, or repairing a car it is just teaching a child. The really cool part is that kids want to learn; they soak up knowledge and suck down this stuff if it's presented right.

*Does it take a measure of sacrifice? Again - well duh. I'm blessed in that my income does allow for my wife to stay home. Life would be a lot more comfortable if she did go back to work.

I've met other home schooling parents. Most of them don't seem to have the same financial resources we do - they do it for the same reasons that we do; because raising your kids is the most important thing you can do. Some of us think it's too important a job to be farmed out to strangers.
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