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?
Well, work will be a culture shock. I am not necessarily against homeschooling completely, I just don't think that homeschooling is in the best interest of some particular children. If the mother that is homeschooling has the I.Q. of a golf ball, her child would benefit from being in a classroom rather than sitting at home while she watches Jerry Springer all day. Some children are lucky enought to have a parent that is very educated and cares about the success of the child. I am obviously not talking about a situation like this. My problem is the instances like my cousin that I wrote about in the original post. Unfortunately, there are many parents that don't care about their child's education and they teach what they think, not what the book states as facts. For instance, my aunt and uncle do not believe dinosaurs ever existed. Their child that they homeschool does not believe dinosaurs ever existed. I have asked him what he thinks about the fossils and he says the government planted them there. I asked him why he thinks they would do that and his answers is "huh,huh I don't know. You ask dumb questions". He says it is impossible for dinosaurs to have ever been real because they are not in the bible. I try to ask him open-ended questions all of the time and he just looks at me. He cannot hold a serious converstation and it seems he can't even think about things clearly.
On the topic of social skills: if there are other places that a child can acquire the social skills needed, I think it is great. Unfortunately, I can't think of a single way that homeschoolers in my area would be able to interact with other children, unless they went to church.
Oh, and because he hasn't had the chance to be around anyone outside of his race, he holds his parent's views on others. They are racist and they have passed it on to him. Not saying in my popultion of 800 town there is going to be many different ethnic groups, but I think it would help if he got to be around them instead of just hearing about them.
I agree. A child can be offered parental protection and given a sound education at the same time.
Education never stops. There is no time limit for learning; when they finally fly from the nest they will start an altogether new learning experience: paying the bills.... :^ )
This is a topic that is very touchy for me. I am an atheist and I am a homeschooling parent. I also happen to run one of the largest homeschool co-ops in my state and my state consistently ranks at the bottom of the educational charts. We happen to live in a fairly liberal area so I know other atheist and non-religious homeschoolers, but I also know that a huge majority of my and my son's peers are devout Christians.
A common argument against homeschooling is "What about socialization?" Let me tell you, 90% of the children I know, and I have regular contact with literally hundreds of children, are amazingly well adjusted and socialized. Homeschooling is not sitting at a table in the kitchen doing flashcards and drills for six hours a day. The homeschooled child is out there in the world, taking classes, hitting up the library, having sleepovers on Tuesday nights, talking with strange adults they've never met, playing nicely with children of the opposite sex and different ages. The average homeschooled child, at least in my experience, is far more socialized than the average school child. As an example, we have a park day every week and kids ranging in age from 1-14 show up. Sure some of the kids naturally break off into smaller subgroups, but it's not at all unusual for the teens to be seen digging in the sand with six year olds they've never met before. It's not unusual for my nine year old to help a four year old climb a tree, and it's not at all unusual for the girls and boys to play together and consider one another best friends. By removing the segregating structure of the public school system, children stop identifying peers by age and sex. It's really an amazing thing to see.
Educationally, I have found that even if a parent is very lax about what they require from their children, they still tend perform above their schooled counter-parts. Maybe that's a reflection on the crappy state of my state's public education system, but I think it's speaks more to the natural ability children have for learning. An ability that is oftentimes squelched in public schools. Children have very different styles for learning, even among various subjects, and a school can't accommodate different styles of learning. There are just too many students to allow for individuality. Are there parents who are doing a disservice to their children by letting them do nothing all day or forcing them to read the bible and nothing else? Yeah, sure there are. But that's not the whole picture of homeschooling. Besides, the reality is that there are no set curricula in public schools. I could send my son to the school down the street and he'd be learning one thing. If we moved across town and enrolled him in a different school, he'd be learning something else entirely. If we moved again, this time to another state, he'd have a different curriculum yet again. Students can't keep up with their peers from one school to the other, so claiming that home-educating a child is irresponsible because he's not where his peers are is a non-argument. Perhaps if there were ever a core curriculum that was adopted by the national government and enforced by the states, that would be a valid argument against homeschooling. But there's not, and I doubt there ever will be.
I could expound on my reasons for homeschooling for hours, but to answer the original question, I am strongly in favor of private education.
And this link and map show the kind of public school education you'll get depending on what state you live in.