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  •  Maybe just a few... (0+ / 0-)

    but as Margaret Meade pointed out, most change happens as a result of a small band of determined people.

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles

    by leftyparent on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:59:53 PM PST

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    •  But just because someone (2+ / 0-)
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      homeschools doesn't mean they are political or into making the changes needed in the public school system.

      The idea that the exact few people who would have made the difference in turning the ps system around are the very ones who decide to homeschool isn't reasonable.  And that seems to be the argument we hear about hsing every time the subject comes up here -- these people shouldn't leave.

      And then I can't see how it is these same few people who are now outside the ps system who would be the leaders for change within the ps system, as I think you are suggesting.

      Hsers, using a generous guesstimate, make up 6% of the school-age population. The fraction within that small percentage who are political and motivated to fix the ps system has to be vanishing small.

      For that sort of real change, a coalition of all sorts of people interested in education would have to be pulled together. . . somehow. . .  but I don't see how hsers are going to figure prominently. . . who knows? maybe there's some brilliant hsing kid out there who "has a dream." :)

      •  You may be right! (0+ / 0-)

        What I am hoping is that the ed system will somehow back off its continuing centralization, standardization and regimentation to allow truly different types of alternative public schools so people can "vote with their feet" and incrementally transform the system into something quite a bit more 21st century than a conventional school today.  Right now the only "feet voting" possible for people who can do it is to pull out.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles

        by leftyparent on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 05:45:43 PM PST

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