Do you think that the government has too much control where education is concerned?
Do you think that the government / state should have any say whether or not if parents don't put their kids in school, if they choose to teach them at home, but not the traditional way that the public school system does? Do you think it is any of their business what a parent does to teach their child, or does not do?
I don't think they do, I have no problem with someone home schooling, but if the parent is not teaching the child basics like reading and arithmetic they should not be allowed to ruin that child's life. I also think that people who choose to omit parts of their children's education for religious reasons are doing them a great disservice by effectively censoring the child's learning and ensuring they won't be properly educated, ultimately the child should have the choice to move away from his parents when he gets older and he needs to know certain things about the world to do so, if the education they are receiving is impairing the child or limiting his effectiveness as a full member of society it is certainly appropriate for the people (represented by the government) to step in and correct that.
The government has no right to tell anyone what must be taught in home schools. If a "child" wants to learn the "government indoctrination", he or she can chose to do so at the age of majority. That in itself defines freedom of choice.
I believe if at home schooling works and the children are getting a good education, that's all that matters. It's obvious our public schools are failing our children. They don't only teach to the test, but the answers to the test. And before I'm attacked for that statement, "IT'S NOT THE TEACHERS FAULT!" We have good teachers, who really care, just teach with their hands tied behind their backs.
Home schooling can be great if handled appropriately. There should in deed be some attention and sharing between school programs with the home schooling by parents. The real reason that state and federal government education programs do not work efficiently and often bog down, is the simple matter of realistic communication between parents, teachers, administrators, and public officials charged with over seeing education in their areas. Perhaps if it were mandatory that parents attend meetings periodically between teachers and other parents, then some of the problems might be worked out. There are way too many conflicting methods and rules in various states that help create the confusion leading to lost progress in the education of our children. It is a crying shame that we are not leading the world in education and barely make a showing when compared to other much smaller countries around the world.Perhaps we should hold the multitude of politicians that claim education is their top priority and see that it is.Voting does have its value.
I think state control of education has gone too far, but I suspect I'm in the minority on that. Most parents of schoolchildren now work. Most of those with whom I speak want year-round school, with meals provided and after school day care, all at the taxpayers' expense. It's a glorified babysitting service done with the usual efficiency of government, which is to say at exorbitant cost, but if enough voters demand it the pols will do it.
As for home schooling, government should not interfere with families at that level. Children are not little Hitler youth, not the property of the state to be taught as it dictates. They belong to their parents, who have the right to rear them as they choose whether or not the rest of us like it.
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