Alternative Education Critics

Why is it, that the biggest critics of homeschooling are public school advocates?

Isn’t public school supposed to teach kids to be open minded, accepting of others who are different than them, and tolerant of other perspectives?

Or at the very least, isn’t public school supposed to teach kids to understand something and avoid making black and white judgements about something’s value without at least a moderate comprehension of it?

If that’s the case, why are so many public school kids intolerant of homeschoolers? Why are the grammas and uncles and cousins of homeschoolers so negative about it?

So, I ask, the argument for sending kids to public school (or school in general) in order for them to learn to accept people’s differences, and to learn to get along with people they don’t like – does it hold water?

Or is public school just another form of social exclusion?

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3 Responses to “Alternative Education Critics”

  1. Anna Says:

    “Isn’t public school supposed to teach kids to be open minded, accepting of others who are different than them, and tolerant of other perspectives?”

    Absolutely not. I don’t think it was ever designed to be that. Considering that they were segregated until one generation ago, I don’t know that anyone even thought that was a possible function until the 60s. Since I think (and I am in the Midwest) that most people teach their kids “keep to your own kind”, open-mindedness is not a goal.

    “Or at the very least, isn’t public school supposed to teach kids to understand something and avoid making black and white judgements about something’s value without at least a moderate comprehension of it?”

    I think that public school is the antithesis of this. True/False. ABCD. Give the answer we told you to give, not your own ideas. If it’s not in the book, it is not valid. No need to UNDERSTAND, only parrot.

    The mainstream always will look askance at ‘the other’, which homeschool is. We are ‘weird’ as you said.

    Please read my upcoming children’s book, “You are different and that is bad.” 😉

  2. Laura in CA :) Says:

    Schools have an agenda, but teaching open-mindedness is _not_ on it.

    If we go with history, schools were invented to mass produce workers. I don’t think teaching open-mindedness was ever part of the original agenda.

    Even thinking it could happen by chance because children are around other children with different races or backgrounds is hopeful at best. Schools are great models of the “Lord of the Flies” concept.

    Only in today’s politically correct enviroment are schools starting to introduce ‘tolerance’…which I find an interesting term…why not ‘acceptance’????

    I don’t think that is a bad thing to educate children on the differences in the human race…I just think that is a family job, not the schools. But I do think the schools see themselves as the parent, so I guess it all makes sense to them!

    I think human nature is to be suspect of anything ‘new’….


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