More inflammatory statements about homeschoolers
Here’s a guy making generalizations about homeschoolers (which he later corrected himself after an outpouring of emails.) Then he’s making assumptions about curriculum which he never actually read but based on second-hand descriptions from one website.
Check out this opening.
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. Read more…
Forced to interact with a diverse group of peers? What’s diverse about a bunch of kids your age from your neighborhood. One of the benefits of homeschooling is interaction with the world of children and adults outside of the artificial environment.
If he actually read the same study he cites, he would also notice that homeschooling parents are more often educated past high-school level than their public school peers. Despite not often having teaching degrees, does he consider the academic results of homeschooling? Nope.
Yes, the article’s main point is not anti-homeschooling but anti-creationist. Why then disparage so many homeschoolers in the process?