16 August 2012

Homeschooling is Not the Devil

... that public schools used to think it is.  A recent Education Week article posits that it may do a better job than Jesus Christ Himself.  Jesus, by the way, teaches in public school:

"The question is, can a reasonably competent person do a better job one on one—in a loving relationship where you own that child’s time—than someone who walks on water but comes into a room full of 30 kids? ... It would seem to me the evidence would suggest this is a reasonably positive effect on kids.”

Can you believe this is a pro-public school type of publication implying Jesus couldn't do as well as we could?  I guess I'll just let them go ahead and think that.


  1. I was terrified when I started homeschooling, as you know, it wasn't what I intended to do...ever. Thankfully I am relieved to say we had a small community of homeschoolers here who were other 'oddballs' I could now relate to....and that community has tripled since I began 6 years ago.

    I'm glad it's catching on and that others are seeing the benefits. And having a mom who is a former math teacher would rock!!!

  2. A lot depends on the individual child too. Even in a class of 30+, a child who wants to learn will do so, while a child who doesn't want to know or doesn't care, won't learn much no matter what teaching environment is used.

  3. What a schizophrenic article! It seems the article is attempting to lure homeschoolers back in (even if just for a few classes) by saying..."you're ok...we're ok". They have taken the time to study homeschooling enough to understand the trend toward hybrid homeschooling. We are consummate hybrid homeschoolers over here and it was an excellent mix for us. ... But when I tried to integrate public school services online I was very unhappy. They can write as touchy-feely an article as they want, but if they deliver an inferior product, we will move in. I did.

  4. I think the answer to the "walk on water" quote is this: “The kids learn to work on their own and figure things out for themselves.” In schools, success depends on the teacher because of how schools are structured. In homeschool, students have a greater chance of being more individualistic, fending for themselves, and carving a path that interests them--if their parents transition to the idea of learning rather than "school at home" thinking.

  5. Although we don't homeschool (for now, anyway), I've always been glad that that option is out there. Some countries (like Germany, I believe) throw homeschoolers in jail.

    School is always a day to day proposition around here. I think homeschool would work much better for us, as my wife basically ends up teaching the entire curriculum to Buddy Boy anyway. But she's not up for it, so it's public school for now.



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