More inflammatory statements about homeschoolers

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 canĀ“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?

2 Replies to “More inflammatory statements about homeschoolers”

  1. I must say that I get rather annoyed with homeschool slanders. First and foremost, I get angry when I hear the “socialization” debate. “Kids need to be around other kids their age” IE: the public/private school setting. I must say this to anyone who holds this view: When in your life post-high school education have you actually be surrounded by 25-30 other people your exact age for 8 hours each day?

    I would say that the majority of people who raise this debate have not explored the MANY options that the majority of homeschooled children have for interaction with people their own age as well as a vast variety of other age groups.

    Simply put, people should research more and proclaim less.

  2. What the author of that article appears to be saying is that kids should not get diplomas based on their beliefs about evolution/creationism. If one completes a course with a satisfactory regurgitation of the material, what difference does it make if they believe it or not?

    In spite of the fact that Apologia is written from a creationist perspective, none of the material is factually inaccurate. A fish is a fish is a fish, regardless of where you think it came from. Principles of physics and chemistry are unaffected by a belief in ID or evolution. There are successful Christian creationists in every field of science, and their beliefs do not interfere with the quality or veracity of their work.

    Many kids graduate and are granted diplomas without even understanding the concepts presented in class- they memorize enough to pass and then go on to what they are interested in anyway. Why should these kids get diplomas, but creationists be denied one?

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