First off, it’s not homeschooling.
- East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Arizona, 9 July 2006, Q.C. students opt for classes onlineÂ Â Â Â
â€œI know (that home-school families) have their place,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t expect it to take a too big of chunk out of what we are doing.â€
Gifford said families choose the online school for varying reasons.
â€œSome of them are going to something rather than running away from something,â€ she said. â€œSome of them have had a very fine experience with a district or a charter (school) and they are at a point where they can stay at home and educate their kids. But, a lot of them are running away.â€
And secondly, a family’s choice of education for their children is their business, and their reasons shouldn’t be denigrated.
Imagine a football coach characterizing aÂ boyÂ who choseÂ to play tennis as “running away” from football.Â Or a singing coach saying that a choir member was “running away” from singing because she preferred to use her time horseback riding.Â Do any people who haveÂ an interest in a particular use of time have any right to insist that other people choose the same thing?
There are only so many hours in a day, and only so many days before a child grows up.Â Parents need to considerÂ the best interests of their children inÂ usingÂ that limited amount ofÂ time, and those interests do not always jibe with the interests of people who would put the child to other uses.