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  •  One of the big reasons so many parents choose to (1+ / 0-)
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    home school is because they feel unsupported in the issues that matter to them and their children. When they cannot get results, they get out.

    Childhood is over in a blink of an eye. You have that blink, to prepare them, teach them basic hygiene and social manners, get them read for college or a trade, and perhaps one day, to raise a family of their own.

    Most parents attempt to do all of that, while holding down an outside job or two, in addition to all the family duties.

    When you add a dysfunctional school to the mix, it's just too much. Something's got to give. So they stop resisting, but disengaging.

    It may not be an answer that others like, but it's a viable option for the family in question.

    •  By disengaging. (0+ / 0-)

      The auto-correct of my brain is no better than the computer.

    •  I'm not knocking all homeschooling. (0+ / 0-)

      But there's a pattern of parents doing religious homeschooling, sometimes because not even the local private church schools are enough of a controlled environment for their little darlings, and then trying to be moral guardians over the local public school while claiming something in a class their child will never be permitted to take or in a library their child will never have access to as a non-student is going to corrupt their child's moral development.

      They don't want their kid exposed to evolution, so no kid in the entire county can be exposed to evolution. Otherwise one of the kids at church whose mother can't afford to homeschool and can't afford the church schools might say something and those years of keeping their kid in the fundie bunker 24/7 goes to waste just because some kid paid attention in biology class. That's the level of the problem.

      Vouchers without curriculum requirements, accreditation requirements, or bars against religiously-based programs would help fix that - suddenly EVERY fundie family could afford the church schools.

      And they'd STILL complain about the public schools despite having no intent to EVER let another child from their congregation set foot in one.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 09:10:13 PM PDT

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      •  You'd be surprised (0+ / 0-)

        ... how many people have turned to homeschooling in desperation as a result of failed schools. Where we live the "secular" home school association is four times larger than the main religious based one. GreenMother nailed with "Childhood is over in a blink of an eye." Those of us with school age children don't have the time to wait around for the system to reform.  We're being realistic, we're taking action. I'm not asking for vouchers or credits against school taxes paid. I've got no interest in contributing to the defunding of the public system. Instead I choose to take what's left of my discretionary income after taxes and invest it in my kids' education.

        •  And I know no one wants to hear this but: (0+ / 0-)

          Some "religious" homeschoolers will surprise you. Their reasons are often the same as everyone else's. The difference is the curriculum they choose after the fact. They have a pre-made social construct to fall into--whereas many secular and minority homeschoolers might not. They have pre-made curriculum to buy [of varying ideological stripes] whereas Secular homeschoolers might not.

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