On one point of the linkedÂ article, I can’t do better than Daryl, whoÂ observed that the only point-of-similarity between the joint-subjects of the following article is that both homeless and homeschooled have ‘home’ in them.Â Underscoring of the lack of connection between homelessness and homeschooling aside, the point of view that most needs debunking in the article is that homeschoolers, and apparently only homeschoolers,Â “cost” schools the participation of children.Â Daryl calledÂ the homeschool-focusÂ a canard.Â Quack!Â I agree.
- New West, Missoula, Montana, Â 17 April 2006, In the West, Homeless Students and Homeschooled Kids Highlight National TrendsÂ Â Â
But the loss of students to homeschooling does cost the district $171,000 in lost state revenue.
TheÂ view that homeschoolers cause a loss to schools only works if you view children as serving schools, not as schools serving children.Â Â TheÂ idea thatÂ homeschooling deprives schools of childrenÂ mustÂ mean that the school organization isÂ owed thisÂ young person’s presence, and the presence of all other young people.Â The framework for the ideaÂ would beÂ that schools must have students, not that children should be educated.
If that viewpoint is taken to the logical (and extreme) end, anyÂ married coupleÂ who do not have as many children as possibleÂ deprive the schools of revenue.Â Further, any person who has the capability to do so, butÂ does not have any children at all, does the same thing.Â And that is ridiculous.Â Schools are not owed the children of this country.Â The Declaration of Independence does not state as one of the inalienable rights, “Life, Liberty and School Growth.”
Additionally, schools still receive money from the families of the children not participating, as well as from everyone else.Â Schools receive tax money from all (in one way or another), but they want more.Â They want ‘funding,’ too.
A similar train of thought concerning the relationship between children and schools,Â comes fromÂ the schools that ‘target homeschoolers.’Â I’ve made the observation before about schools not providing the same sort of recruiting attention to private schools that they do to homeschooled kids, and Daryl echoes that thought.Â Why is it that homeschoolers are the ones mentionedÂ in articlesÂ about online public schools seeking pupils?Â Don’t theÂ students atÂ the parochial school attached to St. Swithins of the Sign-up Sheets (what our priest called our congregation)Â also deprive public schools of kids and cash?
- Hutchinson, Kansas article via the Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, 7 April 2006, Hutchinson charter school still hopes to renew charterÂ Â Â Â
The Hutchinson charter school targets home-schooled students in Reno County, providing some of their curriculum online. Charter students also participate in some classes, such as physical education and orchestra, at other district schools.
Children, specifically homeschooled children,Â are now ‘targets’ of schools.Â Why?Â Are the kids ‘targets’ because of school growth andÂ the need for more and moreÂ ‘funding?’Â My entire adult life, I’ve heard of the need for more money for schools, and I understand, to a certain point, about inflation and increased costs.Â Still, why hasn’t theÂ inflating value of property kept pace with inflated costsÂ for schools?Â The same could be said for theÂ popularity of buildingÂ high-valueÂ homesÂ whose owners must pay dearlyÂ at property taxÂ assessment time.Â Â Public schools already have most of the kids.Â Why do they need all of the kids? Â And when will the ‘funding’ everÂ be enough?Â We have more than a few fiscalÂ ‘elephants in the room’ — among them rising fuel costs and health care — and ‘recapturing’ homeschooled kids won’t take care of the cost of feeding those elephants.