Terry Willingham of Progressive Homeschoolers of Florida talks back to the American Chronicle.
Setting the Homeschool Record Straight, 9 April 2008, Progressive Homeschoolers of Florida
In the American Chronicle article, Homeschoolers Who Don´t Learn Science Shouldn´t Receive a Diploma , author Steve Shives takes some initially ill-informed pot shots at homeschooling as part of a critical evaluation of Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association (MDHSA) of PA, a diploma mill that counts Apologia Biology, a creation science based curriculum.
To my pleasant surprise, Mr. Shives wrote back thanking me“ and shortly after that, wrote to let me know he’d posted a follow up on his site (Steve Likes to Curse “ where the article originally appeared, and where apparently he does!) and said he was submitting the follow up to American Chronicle for “wider public consumption” later today.
Mr. Shives references Evolved Homeschooler as well. The long and the short of it, though, is that I think this brings home really well that we can and must speak out when we see generalized misrepresentation of homeschooling anywhere.
We won’t necessarily change the mindset of individuals like Steve Shives, but we can certainly broaden it and maybe make a few new allies along the way.
The original article is: Homeschoolers Who Don´t Learn Science Shouldn´t Receive a Diploma, 9 April 2008, The American Chronicle, Beverly Hills, California
There are many, many things I find dubious about the practice of parents homeschooling their children. I wonder how a mother or father who has not been educated as a teacher, who in many cases has not even been to college her/himself, can possibly provide their child with as good an education as students receive in our much-maligned public schools. And I can´t help but think that these homeschool students, of whom there are several million in the United States, are being robbed of a crucial formative experience by not attending school with other people their age and being forced to interact with a diverse group of peers.