A Moderate Opinion Piece About Homeschooling

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?

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4 Responses to “A Moderate Opinion Piece About Homeschooling”

  1. Tana Says:

    Thanks for sharing that. I think it was very good. Ironically, this week, my oldest is attending vacation Bible school, and since he won’t go to storytime at the library by himself, I am going with him. It is very interesting to observe the kids and how they interact at his age level. So many of the activities are structured a certain way because they are dealing with a group of kids vs individuals – kind of like the difference between someone’s wardrobe if they live in Florida vs. Michigan. It’s simply the reality of dealing with 15 four-year-olds instead of just one. This article handled that point very well.

  2. suburbancorrespondent Says:

    Oh, whew! The article only encourages parents to explore the option during the summer. I was afraid it was telling parents to torture their schooled children with extra academics during their months off. I hate when people whose children go to institutionalized school tell me that they are planning to “homeschool” over the summer. Teacher! Leave those kids alone!

  3. Naoko Says:

    Very interesting article! Thanks for the link!

  4. Beth G. Says:

    Indeed, I have been getting many queries from parents about how to “school” their schooled kids over summer. “What worksheets? What workbooks? How to keep the kids from forgetting division?” Indeed, and I echo, “leave those kids alone!” And for the record, I respond “oh gosh, summer is a perfect time to try approaching things in a different way…what about games? good books? what about exploring a new interest?”


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