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  •  Home schooling (9+ / 0-)

      First of all, home-schoolers are self-selected.  They are people who believe they have the time and ability to educate their own kids.

      Second -- I don't know if this is universally true -- but in some states, at least, home-schooling is monitored for quality by the state, and home-schoolers can make use of standardized tests and texts.  If you can't meet the standards (and a lot of parents couldn't) you can't home-school.

      Third, not all home-schooling is alike.  Some of it produces very smart, well-rounded people.  Some of it produces smart kids but with a very narrow range of excellences, because their parents happened to be good at some things but not at others.  A lot of it produces fundamentalist geeks who believe that the world was created in seven days and who have no critical thinking abilities whatsoever.

      There's no way to compare home-schooling with ordinary schools without controlling for factors such as economic class, language, ethnicity, and education of the parent.  If you were to compare home-schooling with the (similarly selective) private schools, it might look a much less attractive option.

      And comparing anything selective with public schools, which cannot select their students, and which serve people of all sorts of economic and social backgrounds, is going to give nonsense answers.

    •  No blanket statement on homeschooling. (2+ / 0-)
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      My older son had severe asthma. The schools were low quality.
      I homeschooled him until high school. He graduated as a National Merit Scholar. Now, he has an English degree and a Math degree. On a practical side he was the IT tech for the University writing center.

      John&Cindy McCain:A "Dallas" and "Dynasty" rerun.

      by redtex on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:02:13 AM PDT

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      •  Agreeing or Disagreeing? (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with the previous comment, but I believe this was covered in the third point.

        I mean it's like these guys take pride in ignorance! It's like they like being ignorant.

        by math monkey on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:29:51 AM PDT

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      •  Congrats to your son (1+ / 0-)
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        and you of course.  

        I know quite a few people who homeschool because the public schools simply can't meet their child's needs.  They're all doing an excellent job in a tough situation.  

        When I read the Powell piece though, I wondered if he was advocating that we do away with public schools and all should homeschool their children, or what?  I'm not sure that would work out that well.  There are a lot of things about public school that need to change, but I don't much like Sowell's solution.

        •  Homeschooling is not for everyone. (1+ / 0-)
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          And, it is not for every child. I'm all for public schools...good public schools.

          Not all of my children were homeschooled. They attended a public school in Texas. It was in a low income district. Yet, this school worked very hard to give a great core education to all of it's students.

          We were transferred to South Louisiana. The schools were criminal. All the "white" parents sent their kids to private school. They did not care about the public schools. The school district suggested that I move because they could not educate my children. At that point I homeschooled my three oldest children. My younger two spent time helping students.  
          We were able to relocate back to Texas. They graduated from one of the best schools in Texas.  

          My point is that we should remain open minded about the choices people make as far as education.

          John&Cindy McCain:A "Dallas" and "Dynasty" rerun.

          by redtex on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 12:31:21 PM PDT

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