I have a cousin that was pulled from public education because of "evils" and evolution being taught in school. He should be a junior or senior this year, but he is just dumb instead. I am not trying to be mean, I am just being honest. His parents have taught him nothing. I am not sure what they are doing to keep in compliance with the state laws, but he is definitely not learning anything. He hasn't for a while. His communication skills have flatlined and the only thing he is made to study is his bible.
What do you think about private education... of any kind, home school or christian schools? Should a parent have the right to choose or should the state force all children to receive the same education, exposing them to things that are against the parent's wishes?
I don't have anything against proper home schooling but, for example, Christian fundamentalists home schooling their children is a horrific scenario.
I have an x-friend who is now a fundamentalist Baptist and I can remember her telling me (back when we were still frends) her husband and his family did not believe man ever landed on the moon.
They educated both of thier sons through home schooling.
I'll never be a parent but I'm all for parents having the right to home school their child or send them to private school.
I am not however for the subsidization of private education via tax credits, etc.
Some state legislators in my state have tried to pass bills where parents who send their kids to private school will be able to write off their child's education.
I think that is unfair to the parents who WANT to send their children to private school but can't and it's just a give-away to the super wealthy. While there are some "affordable" private schools where I live, there are also some that cost as much as a year at a private college.
I do think there should be guidelines for homeschooling but in some states the regulation of homeschooling is very lax or non-existent.
I'm very much conflicted on this issue because there are some children who would very much like to attend school instead of being home schooled but because they are a minor, they have to go along with what their parents want.
I believe that what should be done is whatever is best for the children, not the parents. In many situations, however, it is the parents who are getting all the rights, while children are defenseless. Indoctrination certainly comes to mind first, but I'm sure there are other cases in which parents are able to cripple their children's lives for ever. I'm glad my family was a sane one, but I'm horrified whenever I see children being legally mistreated by their parents under the consideration that parents should be allowed to raise their children as they see fit.
P.S. I'm sorry for not providing actual insight to the issue of homeschooling. I think I'm way too inexperienced in such matters to really be opinionated about them.
I agree with Radu. The point is what is best for the children.
How your own child turns out is certainly a concern for you, but how all of society's children turn out is of importance to us all. If we get a mass of children turned out into society who are not just home-schooled but preferencially indoctinated instead of educated then we are all in for a load of trouble. We all have a vested interest in seeing that ALL children are being educated to our collective best.
There is a huge vested interest in seeing that all children get educated, however the current state of public schools is not it. Children are graduating high school without being able to read at an eighth grade level. There is a huge population of incoming college freshmen who cannot perform basic algebraic functions or understand the scientific method. There are people out there, all former children of society, who can't decide when to use an apostrophe and when not to. There are people who can't decide whether to use the word "idea" or "ideal", "than" or "then", or "bare" or "bear". Before taking away a parent's right to homeschool or private school their child, the current education system needs to be fixed.
Public schools are already over-crowded and under-funded. Can you imagine if they suddenly had to support the millions of children currently outside its realm of responsibility?
and when to use "effect" or "affect" :)
Proper universal access to high quality education is IMO a prerequisite for any society claiming to be a democracy. For without knowledge of social issues, on what grounds are people voting! Government expenditures in education must be a top priority, before military, before corporate tax breaks, before tax shelters for the richest 5%, before bailouts of corporate giants. Education, not only math/chem/phys/bio but all subject matters, at elementary and secondary levels, phys ed is just as important as science. Youth is a time when minds should be expanding, not being limited by politics.