The article on home education is at another page, and no, there’s no bias one way or the other concerning what form of education a parent chooses for her children. (my emphasis)
- Help your kids at school: From getting involved with parents’ evenings and school trips to giving a hand with homework, there are lots of ways to help your child get the most out of school
- Leave a message: Have you got a question about something or an opinion that you want to share? You can talk about your kids’ school with others on the message board
- Homework A helping hand Giving your kids a hand with their homework can really help them to get ahead at school
- Home truths Many parents have made the decision to take their children out of the school system and educate them at home. What are the benefits and dangers of home schooling?
The ‘usual advantages’ of homeschooling, such as personal attention, and not living in Camzotz, were noted in the article.
U.K. homeschooled noses are counted (50,000 for families, 150,000 children).
Also mentioned are the ‘usual dangers’ of no friends, doofus parents and still having to char sticks in the fire in order to write on the walls (“Your home will not have the facilities a school can offer, …”).
The crowning bit of wisdom is the admonition at the end.
Lifestyle section, AOL, UK, Home schooling
Whichever you choose, remember to pay some consistent attention to basic literacy, numeracy and social skills.
Thanks. I’ll put that on the calendar.
It’s difficult to comment on someone else’s thoughts when the writer advises someone looking for information to “remember” to accomplish the most utterly fundamental, can’t-move-forward-if-you-don’t-do-it, basic goals.
“Oh, by the way, remember to teach them to read and count and say ‘Howd’ja do.’”
That’s if you don’t misplace them under a pile of dirty laundry and they come to be twenty and all you’ve done is knock back bon-bons and caused two trees to lean towards each other because you’ve spent so much time in the hammock.
I suppose my only reaction can be for aspiring writers to never, ever read advice on how to make money writing freelance articles if they aren’t intending to do whatever it is they’re writing about. The more I see of these mainstream articles ‘about’ homeschooling, the more askance I look at articles-in-general.
If writers can’t find accurate information about homeschooling — most of which is freely available online because homeschoolers love to yak about what they do — then what is the likelihood that any freelancing non-practitioner has got even a basic understanding of a subject about which people don’t provide as much primary information?
The signal-to-noise ratio is increasing in the wrong direction.
posted by Valerie