Google found this for me.Â I don’t know that I’d have read down far enough to find the “home schooling” reference.
- North Coast Journal, Arcata, California, 22 June 2006, It’s a family The struggling St. Bernard’s Catholic School insists it has a futureÂ Â Â Â
Schools in rural areas like Humboldt County, regardless of region, also are hurting. Humboldt County has seen a 6.5 percent annual decline in the overall population of school-age children over the past five years, said Daly. Humboldt County’s overall population only grows by about 1 percent a year. “It’s sad to see Eureka City Schools lose three schools,” Daly said. Meanwhile, local charter schools in the county have gone from an enrollment of 17 students in 2000 to 1,400 students in 2005. Home schooling also is capturing more students.
I’ve been to beautiful Humboldt County, so I’m sympathetic that some residents are distressed at the decline in population, and I can understand how the loss of funding for theÂ private school is upsetting to the families whose children attend the school.Â Still, in the context of this paragraph,Â the existence of schools is not supposed to be independent of children-to-serve.Â The school concept isn’t “hurting” since there are still children enrolled, and children aren’t hurting because it appears thatÂ the needs of unenrolled children are stillÂ being met.Â Overall, it’s probablyÂ the job market that is “hurting.”
As for homeschooling “capturing” children, how can a child be seen as having been stolen away from a place that the child doesn’t ‘belong’ to in the first place (‘belonging’ as in being an inextricableÂ part of the whole, rather than being ‘owned’)?Â Children aren’t born into school populations, or even into churchesÂ (‘cohorts’ and the Zeitgeist notwithstanding), they’re born into families.Â To paraphrase a statement made by an online friend, “The kids’ll belong to the school and church when the schools and churches push them out from between their legs.”Â Â
I wonder if the author of the piece sees the Catholic school, for whom the article is titled, as “capturing” children away from the public schools as she thinks homeschooling does?