I understand that web sites such as the one that is linked in this post aren’t ‘hard news’ sites, and that the information contained on the site should be taken with a grain of salt.Â Still, I imagine that theseÂ kind of bread-and-butter articles are responsible for many of the misconceptions people have about all sorts of subjects.Â Writers with a little information pass on their quirks about the subject to readers who know less thanÂ they doÂ about the topic of the article.Â
The followingÂ article reminds me ofÂ innumerable newspaperÂ reports thatÂ give the reader the ‘gist’ of subject from the writer’s viewpointÂ without displaying, to an informed reader,Â any deep understanding of the subject.
- Best Syndication, Pinon Hills, California, 22 June 2006,Â Home Schooling â€“ The Pros and Cons to Teaching your Child at HomeÂ Â Â Â
Homeschool does not mean that you donâ€™t teach your child, it means that you will be doing more teaching at home than you would if you sent your child to school.Â The public school system can be helpful if you donâ€™t have the time available to sit down and teach your child on a daily basis.
Point one:Â the writer seems to have confused parts of unschooling with all of homeschooling.
Point two:Â People who send their children to public school don’t often teach their children academic subjects at home, other than through help with homework.Â Because of this,Â it is a foregone conclusion that a parent who chooses to homeschool would do “more teaching” than a parent who doesn’t homeschool.
Point three:Â The help provided by “the public school system” brings the child back to public school.Â That’s not homeschooling.
I’ll spare us all a complete fisking.
In line with the advice to order a restaurant’s specialty if you want the best meal available from that restaurant’s cooks, if you want homeschooling information, go to a homeschooling web site, not to the “Home and Leisure” section of a general site.Â Â From reading articles such as this one, I’ve come to the conclusion that generic research into homeschoolingÂ doesn’t appear to give writers insight into daily homeschooling life that people who are looking for informed advice could use.
Amazon’s ad on the side has some interesting books, but clicking from the site just gives the site owners income from Amazon.Â Is that enough of aÂ service to justify the generic writing?Â Perhaps.Â Perhaps not.
My opinion of this kind of writing isn’t helped by myÂ abhorrence ofÂ the phrase, “on a daily basis.”Â Eschew verbosity.Â Daily.