I read this article a few days ago and thought it presented homeschooling negatively despite the plain meaning of the words and the title, “Learning through doing.” The article is not about hands-on learning, it’s about socialization, specifically socialization that is received at school.
I thought I might be reading through mud-colored glasses instead of rose-colored ones, so I put the article away for a later reading. Today I listened to it, and my reaction is the same.
Home school: Learning through doing, 1 November 2007, Scotts Valley Banner, Felton, California
Junior Meghan Kelly is an outfielder for the girls softball team and a member of the golf team at San Lorenzo Valley High School.
Uriah Bertsch, a 16-year-old who is home-schooled in Scotts Valley, has a schedule from his teacher he follows every day, but he adds extra activities to his education.
Last school year, Tommy Anderson, an 8-year-old in Felton who is taught at home by his mother, Mary Anderson, created an ongoing mural of the history of the world.
“I didn’t really excel,” said Thomas Sutherlin, a 19-year-old from Ben Lomond who attended the Coast Redwood program.
The flip side to do-it-yourself education, ie, the neccessity of socialization, is added to the introductions and the hands-on characterizations that followed for all the homeschooled kids except Tommy Anderson. “The catch” to Tommy’s portion of the article (as the reporter tagged the first section on Meghan’s sport participation) was that it had a caveat.
Although one-on-one attention in an at-home environment can allow students to get work done more quickly and efficiently, for some, it doesn’t always pan out.
“I didn’t really excel,” said Thomas Sutherlin
Keeping in mind that strongest arguments go either first or last, the article finished with a quote from a teacher at a “homeschool.”
Penny Burton, a teacher at Fall Creek Homeschool, has built socialization into her class.
“Children here, they really value their friendships,” said Burton, who teaches students how to resolve conflict and interact in a positive way. “We make friendship part of the curriculum.”
Fall Creek Homeschool is part of the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School System.
The article begins with Meghan’s apparent normalcy having a “catch” (the homeschooling), and ends with a quote from a public school employee. The article is not about learning through doing.
posted by Valerie