BYU Newsnet, Provo, Utah, 11 January 2007, Homeschooling Presents Pros, Cons
Neutral paragraphs: 12
Pro paragraphs: 5
Con paragraphs: 7
Fort Worth Star Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas, 16 January 2007, Away from home
Another reality is that no matter how well-meaning and devoted home-schooling parents might be, they simply can’t be expected to demonstrate teaching proficiency in every discipline. TCC’s programs provide a handy and affordable curriculum addendum.
The upshot of the article is that homeschooling can’t provide a fully-rounded education. Of course, mass-schooling can’t provide the individualized learning opportunities and self-direction that homeschooling does, and even schools use some outside materials, such as when the class takes a field trip. Why is it presumed that all instruction and learning must come from one source?
You can have anything you want, you just can’t have everything. (meaning, choices have to be made)
The first three paragraphs of the next article set the tone for reading it: the disadvantages of homeschooling.
Zanesville Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, 20 January 2007, Staying involved is key to success for homeschooling, say parents, students
Growing up in public schools brings to mind homeroom, recesses, getting into groups to work on projects, sitting at lunch tables with classmates and riding the bus.
For most children of homeschooling who don’t have those experiences, the parents rely on family, field trips into the community and homeschool support group activities for socialization.
Most commonly, when parents who homeschool are asked what the biggest disadvantage to homeschooling is, they’ll respond with “socialization.”
So many times homeschooling is portrayed as always playing catch-up to the public school ‘standards’ as if they are the absolute in quantifying our experiences as children. What a thin existence that would be.
Also consider how the reporter sees the kids: “children of homeschooling.”
Does the reporter also see children attending school as ‘children of school?’
To put this in another perspective, imagine reading an article comparing the ‘disadvantages’ of home cooking to that of eating in a school cafeteria. First off you have to do all that shopping. Then you have to take home whatever food you’ve inexpertly chosen, sort it, store it, and cook it.
But how do you cook it? You’ll need books and books of recipes with all those complicated instructions, and fractions, and weights and measures. Are you sure you’re up to producing nutritious, and edible, food?
Then there are the gizmos you need: refrigerators, freezers, stoves, cupboards, plates, cups, bowls, cutlery. Where will you get the expertise to judge which materials are worthwhile and which will lead you down the garden path to wasted time and money? All that stuff is really expensive — and you’re not a chef, you know.
- What if you accidentally feed your children … rhubarb leaves. (I had to point out to one produce department that the rhubarb leaves contain oxalates, as they were selling the stalks with the leaves still attached)
- Or perhaps you’ll believe, as did a highly educated friend, that the green parts of potatoes are the healthiest bits. (I had to explain about solanine.)
- What if you leave susceptible food out too long and the harmful bacteria grow?
- What if you don’t wash off pesticides?
- Or maybe you’ll buy the wrong kind of food, such as butter, or maybe margarine.
Through your ignorance, you could kill your child! (eventually)
Then imagine reading an article about the alt.food fad of homecooking, ‘For most children of homecooking who don’t have those cafeteria experiences, the parents rely on eating out at buffet restaurants in the community and on homecooking support group activities for pot lucks.’
Maybe we ought to be careful that the restaurant industry doesn’t lobby to create compulsory feeding establishments that supply only Food Pyramid foods in carefully parcelled amounts, complete with scales for weighing us to make sure our bodies are assimilating the food in an approved manner.
To me it was a great relief that January finished up with this five-star article about a homeschooling family. All the objections and disadvantages are summarily dealt with, and dismissed. I’d ‘critique’ it, but the list of ‘Yesss!’ comments would quickly stale.
Martinsville Bulletin, Martinsville/Henry County, Virginia, 28 January 2007, Coulson children dispel stereotypes
There were “a million reasons” the Coulsons wanted to teach their children at home, Chris said, from dissatisfaction with the role standardized testing plays in public schools to a desire to have more time together as a family.
Long live the adventure!