Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Alabama, 9 September 2006, Reply to “No to home-schooling”
I don’t believe there is one “right way” for a child to be educated. We have chosen private, public and home schooling at different times in each child’s life for different reasons.
While I agree with Huskey that there are “wonderful” aspects to our school system, I don’t agree that our school system is a perfect fit for each child.
Evansville Courier-Press, Evansville, Indiana, 9 September 2006, Proposal for home school
Among his proposed topics is whether Indiana should require home-schooled students to pass grade-specific examinations each semester. Related to that, should a home-schooled child who does not pass the test be required to re-enroll in public schools?
Should home educators be required to have minimum educational requirements and follow a specific curricula? Should home-school children’s physical exams be made a part of the public school records, and should children be visited by social service representatives throughout the year to evaluate their condition?
Manila Standard Today, Manila, Philippines, 25 September 2006, Is school overrated?
The question that comes up at this point is whether school equals education. In a generation where home-schooling is fast becoming a viable option for parents who, for one reason or another, prefer to educate their children themselves, what is it about school that still makes it the most popular choice for acquiring an education?
I also discussed the matter with a few educator-friends, including the blogger we fondly call Tito Rolly (http://titorolly.blogspot.com), a grade-school coordinator in a big private school. Everyone agreed that beyond the education aspect, children need to learn social skills that are best developed when they are allowed to interact with kids their own age.
The thing is, the issue of to-home-school-or-not was decided not on the basis of education but on the need for socialization. Weird, when I thought about it afterwards. But then again, that would only be true if I define education in the traditional sense, which is, in a nutshell, academic education. See, when I think about my own education, I have to admit that a great part of what I had become is a product of the education I acquired outside the classrooms before, after or in-between class hours, and even long after I graduated from the university.