Whether or not the article has anything to do with homeschooling, if the word appears in the text, it gets caught in the cyber-sweep of what’s online. The following blog article was posted concerning how there used to be consensus about teaching in public schools, but now there is much less of it. Homeschooling is mentioned because of the (assumed) unanimity of opinion between the parents of the homeschooled kids within a single family.
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 10 August 2006, What are we teaching?
The home-schoolers know, above all other educators, what they want to teach and why they want to teach it. There used to be a consensus on what public education was supposed to teach and why. But are we even having that conversation these days? Is the purpose of public schooling to teach basic skills? To enable students to think clearly? To inculcate them in the culture they are a part of? To make them become efficient economic units who can compete in a world economy? To understand their parents’ histories or to overcome their parents’ prejudices?
Convince me that the state and federal governments have even asked those questions, and I’ll take their efforts to monitor students’ “progress” more seriously. Progress toward what, exactly?
So far, so good. Where the blog takes off, as blogs are wont to do, is in the comments where Mr. Citizen is allowed to have his say, along with Ms. Citizen. The Citizen who catches my eye is the first poster, and someone who would probably vote for greater homeschool regulation given his druthers.
Schools are not what they used to be, as I remember them (and, as I’m sure you remember them), but neither are parents. And, it is true that as schools get smaller, they tend to get better. However, as they get “way” small, as in a home school environment, they do not necessarily get better. Trust me, all parents aren’t teachers – some can barely be trusted as parents,
Other writers add their opinions, but it is the same writer who finishes the conversation.
Geez, … sorry folks, my OPINION still stands – the only facts I need to support it is too many parents (I’VE PERSONALLY MET over the years) who are home schooling who are not, by any stretch of the imagination, teachers. Teaching is a profession that we should strive to make better, better teachers, better tools, better schools – parents should be parents.
Breadth of opinion is normal. What can be useful is knowing the particulars.