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Re: “Keep 'Em Home

Anderson's bias should be considered shameful for a reporter of this supposed caliber. Homeschoolers do what they do for varied reasons. Public school education's failure is just one in a laundry list. To say we try to incorporate our values is one of the obvious advantages. What Anderson does not point out, of course, is that public schools have their own "agenda" of values that, unfortunately, do not align with those of many parents who would perhaps otherwise send their children to those schools. Anderson should have taken some time to do some research on the academic performance of the homeschooled children. Instead of falling prey to the age old and unfounded argument that home schooled children have no "social skills", some work should have been spent on how home schooled children excel in their studies. It is common knowledge that home schooled children will consistently beat out their public school couterparts in test scores. Colleges now recruit home schooled children based on their exceptional academic skills. The difference socially between the two groups is that, placed in a room full of adults, the home schooled child will typically be quite skilled and comfortable in communicating with adults, while the public schooled "herd" will congregate in the corner, isolated from the preferred influence of loving and concerned parents and adults. If that equates to a lack in social skills, Anderson perhaps is the one that needs some socialization. Public schooling is relatively new; a product of the industrial revolution. Only the ignorant place their total faith in such a modern and continually failing monster. Like many things we leave up to our government, public school education leaves much to be desired. Those who home educate their children are not anti-government, rather pro-children. They know they can do it better. And better often simply means placing good and decent values as the centerpiece of education.

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Posted by Dan on 07/18/2007 at 7:04 AM

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