Homeschoolers’ Success Silences the Critics
Great article. I agree with most of the author's points, but I diverge when she states she is not "against" public schools.Reading Gatto showed me that all of the major faults we find in the public school system were put there from the start and on purpose. Yes, there are exceptions, but they are few and far between and oftentimes routed out by administrations that are entrenched in the established norms.With all of this, it is impossible for me to not be against public schooling.It's always great to see articles on homeschooling. I'll have to see if I can find the UF study she referenced online. I'm sure it's an interesting read!
Thanks for sharing this article.I have to agree with Michelle, regarding public schools. I think it's better to say that we have sympathy with the teachers and the tough job they have, but we don't agree with the system and method in which they work and thus endorse. Both have failed our children. Therefore, I am totally against public schools, although I can see how the author would like to affect change by speaking to the teachers in an open and respectful way.It is right and good that parents have the choice to educated their own children. I wish my mother had that choice, but the law didn't allow it back then. I'm sure I would have been a happier and more productive teen if I would have been homeschooled, thus saving me much struggle through college and my 20s.One interesting point: horizontal vs. vertical education--an excellent description. My teens are growing in every way (vertical), and their energies are not being spent living in angst and confusion, comparing themselves shoulder to shoulder with their peers (horizontal). I'm amazed at how much they have blossomed as young men.I owe it all to homeschooling. It's hard work and not every year is happy and positive, but the Lord blesses our efforts and makes even the tough times bountiful in some special way.Thanks again for sharing!
P.S. Just for fun, you might be interested in my post about homeschool socialization, called "Your Kids Are Stuck in The House All Day. Really? Socialization is Homeschooling's High Point!"http://kathleenscatholic.blogspot.com/2010/06/your-kids-are-stuck-in-house-all-day.htmlGod bless.