There has been a California appellate ruling that bans homeschooling by uncredentialed parents. I think that this is very sad.
I have home schooled my kids, both when we were in Toronto, and obviously, when we were on the boat. They have also gone to public schools in Canada, and a semi-private Catholic school here in Catalonia.
I truly and strongly believe that homeschooling can be a great educational opportunity for kids. It depends on the kids, on the parents and on the situation. On the boat, we had few options. Home school or no school. The children were always at or above grade level and have a broader spectrum of knowledge than most kids we know.
As I am a teacher anyway, this does beg the question of qualification, but while living on the boat we also met several other homeschooling families and every single one of those kids were well grounded in the basics and had an impressive breadth of knowledge.
Inevitably there are going to be situations where homeschooling is not the best, and inevitably there are going to be nuts who are creating problems, but I honestly believe that for the most part parents that are willing to make this frankly enormous commitment to their children's education are going to make a good job of it. The commitment is financial..one person cannot work a regular schedule, as well as an enormous time commitment and an emotional one.
The judge in California stated that a primary purpose of education is to: train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare.
*breathing deeply over here*
I am not sure I am willing to speak to that, because this will fast turn into a rant. A nasty one.
No I am not going to go there.
Let's leave it that I think that this is a sad state of affairs.
I think an education should be aimed at a well grounded knowledgeable population with the skills for investigation and the willingness to question and debate. Blind loyalty to the artifice that is the nation state doesn't fall into this package.
Oooooh, now I'm all riled up. I'm going to sleep badly tonight.
*deep breaths in through the nose, and release them slowly out through the mouth*
I think I will post more tomorrow on my thoughts on choice. Not on the state of the nation though.