In Defense of Home Schooling

The Proletarian, a School Teacher himself, on the positives of home schooling:

As Jason Taylor stated, if done well by parents in a well organized system, students can benefit more than they would in a traditional school. Taylor mentioned many of the flaws and distractions I have observed in high schools: A de-emphasis on academics and rigor for social development and self-esteem, flooding the halls with unmotivated students that force instruction to be altered, grouping students of mixed academic abilities in the same classes that force instructors to cater to the low, and schools sacrificing academic time for non academic matters. I wonder if schools fear creating an academic culture that require students to commit to rigor, even if that means earning a “C.” Well, I have decided to do my part. Although, many students will contend that my courses are very difficult…I do not think so.

I am not sure why, but schools believe they must continue outdated practices. Why do schools have bells? Why do they have constant announcements being made that interrupt the flow and quality of classes? Why do we teach students that academics are important, but not that important? Research shows that if you give students a smaller learning environment they will learn more; if that is true, why do so many public and private schools place too many students in a room designed for fewer students? Why not spend more and go small? Here is why: politicians and administrators do not teach. Maybe there is something to this homeschooling thing.

It’s a hard debate, whether we should be focusing on home schooling or not. Like Carson, I worry about Religious fundamentalists not providing their children with enough science information. I worry about extreme bias. But, then, is that worse than being just one of 40-50 kids in a classroom that is falling apart from lack of funding? Is it worse that not having books, and being focused more on the social aspects of the school environment than on the substance of learning? I don’t know. I can’t decide.

But, his point about politicians and administrators who aren’t teachers is dead on. They haven’t a clue what it means to get children to actually learn, benifit, and excell from their education.

Maybe instead of constantly electing lawyers to public office, we should start electing more teachers.



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