I was reading my Richmond Times Dispatch this morning (Feb. 9, 2007) and was glad to see someone had written a letter to the editor in answer to all the proposals in Virginia for more preschool, which I have written about before.
Among other things, letter writer Karen Andes says
As parents, we are responsible for the education of our children, and we can’t let pressure from our peers, SOL requirements, or financial limitations dictate our educational success.
Success is having a child who loves to learn, knows how to learn, and, eventually, takes responsibility for his or her own education.
Increasing pressure on younger children and earlier assimilation into a languishing public school system are not going to achieve this goal.
This is a really common sense letter (scroll down to the second letter and try not to get interested in the Virginia issue of the Museum of the Confederacy and the oft-written Jefferson-was-a-Deist-not-a-Christian) , and it may have been written by a “regular person,” not a homeschooler!
It is sad to me that the sentiments in her letter seem harder and harder to find, and less and less represented among our education, business, and government leaders.
Posted by Jeanne Faulconer