Homeschooling Win / backward ideas

Homeschooling Win / backward ideas

Time has one of many media stories on the legal decision in California. An “education expert” is quoted below:

While homeschooling is a “wonderful alternative,” Moran says, there is a need for checks and balances. “We want parents to have the freedom to homeschool, but we don’t want children to become captives in a homeschool that doesn’t prepare them for work or civic engagement as a functioning adult,” she says.

In an ideal world, Moran adds, the state should implement a few safeguards. “Hopefully, a way to monitor progress rather than an adversarial reality will be an outgrowth of this decision,” she says. Read more…

What about the children that have become captives in the government schools that don’t prepare them? Perhaps in an ideal world, the State would be accountable to parents, not vice versa.

One Reply to “Homeschooling Win / backward ideas”

  1. That’s right. The article could be flipped accordingly:

    “Rachel F. Moran, who teaches a course called “Education and the Law” at the University of California, Berkeley, says this series of rulings does indeed provoke some uneasy questions. Right now, all the government has to do is file paperwork stating they are a public school. No one checks in on the students to make sure they are logging in a certain number of hours or passing certain benchmarks. While public schooling is a “wonderful alternative,” Moran says, there is a need for checks and balances. “We want the government to have the freedom to public school, but we don’t want children to become captives in a public school that doesn’t prepare them for work or civic engagement as a functioning adult,” she says.

    In an ideal world, Moran adds, the family should implement a few safeguards. “Hopefully, a way to monitor progress rather than an adversarial reality will be an outgrowth of this decision,” she says. For now, the government is happy to say that they are breathing a sigh of relief and don’t anticipate any more regulations. “[This ruling] gives us a lot more confidence and a lot more sense of freedom. We can get back to educating your children and not be distracted.”

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