Thursday, November 16, 2006

Homeschooling is NOT a worst-case scenario

This is the kind of why-would-you-homeschool article that drives me nuts with its fuzzy logic. (Thanks to HomeschoolBuzz.com for pointing out this Manila Standard Today column by Connie Veneracion.) First,
"Still, in a scenario where quality education is inaccessible or unaffordable, or both, I’d take a good hard look at homeschooling. And, in a worst-case scenario, I’d probably overcome my feeling of incompetence to teach my own children math and the sciences. In a worst case scenario."
Define quality education, please. And why is it that the writer feels so incompetent in math and the sciences? Could it be that she didn't receive a quality education?

All right, now to the big one:
"Parents like to think that they always know what’s best for their children but, sadly, that is not always the case. Parents are humans bound by their own (sometimes twisted) beliefs and prejudices. And it would be a crime to pass on those beliefs and prejudices to the children without the children even being aware of it. Inasmuch as parents do have the right to raise their children the way they see fit, including how they should be educated, that right must be tempered with the rights of the child to learn that he has the right to choose a life different from his parents’."
Let's insert the word "teachers" in there, although I have nothing against individual teachers; it's the educational establishment here that we're talking about.

"Teachers like to think that they always know what’s best for children but, sadly, that is not always the case. Teachers are humans bound by their own (sometimes twisted) beliefs and prejudices. And it would be a crime to pass on those beliefs and prejudices to the children without the children even being aware of it."

It would be, wouldn't it?

The Deputy Headmistress wrote about this subject recently; her thoughts are here.

2 comments:

Spunky said...

Good thoughts on the article. It is sort of odd the way some people look at homeschooling and education. I enjoyed how you inserted the word teacher instead of parent. It really makes you think.

Birdie said...

I agree with Spunky. You have presented a well-thought-out analysis of an obviously slanted article.

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