04 September 2013

Why Are You Homeschooling?

So what is it, are you a religious nut, moral nut, or is something wrong with your kid?  Or does he just have a mental problem?  These were pretty much the only choices offered in a recent survey of  US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

That's right!  Our government collected and correlated data from tens of thousands of people, just to find out why we homeschoolers didn't cram our kids in the nearest local school.  Of course they didn't pester the public school parents, demanding to hear their rationale for their life choices.  (See Table 8 of their report.)

These brightbulbs also found that people with more money and more education are just plain old happier with their kids' schools.  I think I'd be pretty happy, too, if I could just blow $20,000-odd per year, per child on "tuition" alone at some of these places.  If I were having a bad day or my socks didn't match, people would start making me happy pretty quick at that price.

Hey, here's some more useful information: did you know poor people were statistically less likely to participate in school fundraising?  Here I thought the welfare mommas were the major benefactors of our local school because they have so much extra money to throw around.  SNAP benefits top out at $150/month and with that kind of cash, they're eating steaks every night and just waiting for me to show up at their door so they can give me $30/roll for gift wrap. 

Eesh.  I wonder how much money was spent on this survey.





6 comments:

  1. That's interesting, I guess I'm an education nut. Interestingly enough, I'm hardly poor and never participated in fundraisers. I found them inane. Plus, I was NOT satisfied with our education in spite of having a few dollars in my pocket.

    As usual, you can prove whatever point you want with surveys.

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    1. So, should I mark you down as "religious nut" or...?

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  2. How would you classify... "I don't like stupid", so I homeschooled so my kids wouldn't be stupid.

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    1. Doesn't look like a response on the form. I think there's an entire bunch of us out there who just plain old think we can do better. With PRIVATE schoolers, too! But they don't get asked why they sent their children to private school. Just us. We are the problem.

      Ok, colour me paranoid with that statement but there it is. :)

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  3. Why would homeschoolers even answer that survey? No more data mining!!!!

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    1. I can see where some people would be scared if the government is asking. Let's just say that I wouldn't trust the census or any other survey from the government because people who are scared tend to lie a lot.

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Non-troll comments always welcome! :)