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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Who Knows How Best to Raise Your Kids: You or the Government?

Was this a warning shot? Or just a misinformed opinion? Homeschooling parents want to know.

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Education John King, while speaking at a press conference, remarked that although some homeschool situations are just fine, in general, “Students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school.”

King also said that part of the school experience is learning how to deal with and build relationships with peers and teachers—implying that homeschoolers don’t get this kind of experience.

Now, before I go on, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll tell you that my wife and I homeschool our three daughters. To be specific, we’re part of a community of homeschooling families with a hybrid model that shares resources and that journeys together. We think our daughters are receiving a first-rate education. I say that not just so you know I’ve got a horse in the race, but because my wife and I have personal experience. We know this world. We live in it.

But back to the Secretary’s comments..

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

depends on the family. Some may be better off with the government jumping in.

Anonymous said...

Please see the previous story...

Anonymous said...

The government.

Anonymous said...

The story before this one answers that question. Too bad we don't require a test for parenthood.

Anonymous said...

2:07, 2:55, 3:30 and 3:59

The government will NEVER be better at raising kids.
What the Government should do is to take kids away from neglecting parents and place them in foster homes.
The neglecting parents should be punished severely for their neglect.

Anonymous said...

It's the government who makes the rules for foster homes and pays them to take care of the kids.

Zorro said...

King Obama and Queen Hillary....NOT

Anonymous said...

6:15
Foster homes that become foster homes because the government is paying them, should not be foster homes.
Get the Government out of our daily lives!

lmclain said...

What REALLY concerns them is the government's inability to indcotrinate and condition them to think that strange, deviant, weird, and bizarre actions and behaviors are "normal".
THAT is their issue, not any "education" concerns. If they were that interested in education, then why, after several decades of the latest and greatest ideas in education, our students are more stupid, less informed, more violent, and increasingly ignorant of even the most basic of skills?
Self esteem, white privilege, and the horrors of the big bad USA should not be the leading subjects schools. Look at where THAT has taken us....
Keep cheering.

Anonymous said...

The dumbing down of public school children is proof the government doesn't know what it's doing. They need to get back to the basics of teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic.

And some parents simply shouldn't be parents, in answer to the previous article.