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  •  No (7+ / 0-)

    No, new statistics demonstrate that homeschoolers choose to do so for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps before declaring all homeschooling to be bad you should educate yourself about the reality of it.

    •  I have no problem with homeschooling (2+ / 0-)
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      Treetrunk, stellaluna

      There are certain areas of the country--including some here in North Carolina--where the schools are a bad joke.  

      But if there's a way short of background checks to prevent situations like what I mentioned, I'm all for it.

      •  Do you think (0+ / 0-)

        that problem is limited to the schools in NC?

      •  I fail to see (3+ / 0-)

        how background checks would be useful.  The only pertinent thing on a record would be charges of child abuse/neglect.  And if that's the case, the adult is already going to be in the system for being monitored by social services and the courts if children are ever returned to live with that adult.

        Adults who want to abuse children secretively have been and will do it whether they use homeschooling as a "cover" or not.  This type of problem existed before homeschooling and will continue to exist as long as there are creepy disgusting humans on this earth, which is to say forever.  And mostly they eventually get caught, hopefully sooner more than later.  Too bad we can't prevent every bad thing from ever happening to kids in the first place, but I don't want to live in that kind of a police state/dystopia.

    •  I'm well educated enough already (3+ / 0-)
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      jedennis, viral, Treetrunk

      to know that it is absurd for uneducated parents to be in charge of their childrens' educations. Between colleagues, acquaintances, relatives and friends, I've seen enough to know that at least here in this area (NC) the reasons I stated above are in fact the primary motivating factors for most home schoolers. One last note, please acknowledge that I didn't say that ALL homeschooling is bad. I did, in fact, state at least one case in which I thought it might actually be a good idea. There may be others, but overall I still think home schooling is a very bad trend for society at large. Home schooling along with the whole public funding of private school through vouchers are going to lead us back to the old days where only those who are well off will be able to get a good education. There is already a movement to abolish public education through cutting funding. I have relatives who are teachers in the public schools, yet they would like for public schools to be shut since they are only teaching kids to be socialists and atheists, according to their perverted thinking.
      Last note: my first degree was in education. The answer to failing schools is not NCLB or vouchers. The answer is increased funding and somehow getting parents to care about education, parents encouraging kids to study, parents punishing failing grades of students who are capable of better by revoking privileges or material goods such as cell phones, TV's, video games, etc.  If the parents don't care, the students will not care either.  If the student doesn't care, it doesn't matter how expert the teacher is.

      •  Well, you will (0+ / 0-)

        still be able to put your degree to use. Hsers are a small part of the school-aged population -- 3%-5% depending on how you measure. Not much of a trend.

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