Ann: Usually a headline like the one below turns out to be a glowing report. This one?
Ha! Not praise, not by any definition I know. Take a look.
Home school choice praised
San Bernardino Sun, California, By Brad A. Greenberg, June 3, 2005
The California Department of Education does not know how many children are schooled at home. (Technically, ‘home schooling’ is illegal in California. The state classifies legal home education situations as: private tutoring, private schooling and independent study.)
“Because it is not public, we are not able to evaluate it,’ said Hilary McLean, spokesman for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.
“Jack is a great believer in public education, but it is a parent’s choice about how they would best provide education for their children,’ McLean said.
Some public educators, however, caution that schooling at home does not work in every situation.
Children need to be taught more than just math and reading, said Mikki Cichocki, a member of the board of directors for the California Teachers Association, representing San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
She added that few parents are equipped to teach every subject their children need to learn.
Ann: Let’s see what passes for the praise here.
1. It’s illegal [well, that feels good, just like when I stub my toe!]
2. We are not able to evaluate [homeschooling.] [Nor are WE able to evaluate public school.]
3. Homeschooling does not work in every situation. [neither does public school]
4. Children need to be taught more than just math and reading [duh, Ralph!]
5. Few parents are equipped to teach every subject their children need to learn. [So?]
One of the things kids should learn besides math and reading is the actaul meaning of word they use, words like”praise”.