A National Journal blog post reminded me of two articles I neglected to get around to last week.
Blog post first:
Beltway Blogroll, 24 May 2007, National Journal
Here are more blog bits to mull:
— My wife is home-schooling our children, and I do my share when I can, so I won’t be joining the “Let’s Restrict Home-Schooling” movement proposed by Russell Shaw at The Huffington Post this week. Home-schooled 14-year-old Caitlin Snaring, who just yesterday won the National Geographic Bee without missing a single question over two days, won’t be, either. For a friendlier perspective on home-schooling, read this Newsweek interview with the head of the National Home Educator’s Network.
The Russell Shaw op/ed:
Let’s Restrict Home Schooling, 21 May 2007, Huffington Post, New York, New York
I’m also troubled, frankly, by parents who find the world overly complex, and want to keep their students at home in the service of simplicity and protectiveness.
I’m equally troubled by the fact that a non-trivial number of home-schoolers are taught in that way because their parents are overly rugged individualists who lack the impulse or skills to mix in as collaborative members of everyday society.
The Newsweek article featuring Laura Derrick of NHEN.
A Different Path, 20 May 2007, Newsweek, The Washington Post Company
Q. What are some of the issues they face? I know for a lot of kids, high school is kind of their social life, that period of their life where theyre finding their boyfriend or girlfriend and hanging out with buddies and stuff.
A. Right. And thats very important. I mean, there is a long period of growth and maturation that happens during that time that is partly fueled by those social interactions, and teens really do need those; its not just something thats nice to have. We see what happens when theyre deprived of that. For most homeschoolers, thats not an issue. I know thats the perception from outside the homeschooling universe, and homeschoolers actually laugh about it, because most of us, we call ourselves carschoolers because were in the car so much. There are, unfortunately, some parents who do isolate their kids more than is probably good for the kids. Those kind of parents come in every walk of life and across the board, unfortunately, and some of them do exist in the homeschooling world, too. But the vast majority of families really do get out and do a lot. So I dont see that as being a problem thats really related to homeschooling so much as it is to parenting.
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