At 16, Josh Powell had never written an essay, didn't know that South Africa was a country, and couldn't do basic algebra. That's because his fundamentalist parents had 11 children and just let them play video games all day. Poor Josh begged the local school to let him enroll against his parents' wishes and they said no.
Shouldn't the children have a bit of a right or a say-so in their education?
Powell thinks his parents did a poor job of educating him and his siblings and says that not only should children decide if they wish to enroll in school, but that also there should be some "accountability" for parents who homeschool. Article.
Not buying it. At least, I'm not buying it in this case.
Sure, he had to work hard for a few years and study a little before enrolling at Georgetown University. Georgetown University? Do you have any idea how many kids had excellent educations, and still don't get in there? Let's just say that if he can fix up the gaps well enough to enroll within a few years, that they were not that serious.
His sister is gainfully employed and two other siblings are enrolling in community college. No tales of adults who can't read. No actual documented evidence of educational neglect. Hello, any time he wishes, he can make that call to social services. The fact that he didn't shows he is not really that concerned about their educations personally.
I know for a fact that even in a lax state like Missouri, the social
workers do follow up when there's an allegation. They ask questions.
They check records. They ask for references. I have fielded a phone
call and it's not a pleasant experience, even when the call is not about
you. I am actually opposed to any sort of compulsory education of any kind,
but I will have to say that this social worker appeared to be carrying
out her duties in a professional manner. The matter was definitely
It's an interesting premise, though. What if the children got to decide where and if they went to school? Interesting that no one gets to opt out of public school against the parent's wishes. But opt out of homeschool? You and I both know that if the kids decide, they really won't learn to do essays. Mom and Dad will always have the "I'll decide to go to public school next year if you don't (whatever)" threat over their heads all year.