The Oregon Register-Guard has an opinion piece today on homeschooling, encouraging parents to give it a try during the summer.
I like this piece. I’m guessing it was written by a moderate homeschooler. It’s clear, non-confrontational, and it doesn’t have any extreme, school-bashing rhetoric in it. (Ok, a few subtle jabs, but not stuff that everyone doesn’t already agree with.)
The article also gives a brief history of homeschooling, emphasizing how different the world is now. Although not said directly, the history shows how the fears and concerns that people used to have just don’t make sense anymore, given these changes.
The only thing I’d change is the mention that homeschooling used to be “illegal”. It never was. Illegal means that there is a law against it, and that never happened. The laws just weren’t there governing it, which meant that people and the courts used whatever laws they could find to attain the desired outcome. Kind of like the current mess in California where a judge interpreted education laws to force one family into putting their kids in school.
Otherwise, great article. What do you think?