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Old 01-24-2019, 09:17 AM
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I've been an advocate of home schooling for years. I yanked my son from the local public high school after an escalation in bullying that landed him in the ER. School officials did nothing. Homeschooled kids do better on tests and are better educated, and I'd like to see public schools, which have become nothing more than "progressive" indoctrination centers go the way of the dodo.

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There's no better sign of success than an escalation in attacks by your enemies. Based on such evidence, homeschooling is enjoying a boom, as growing numbers of families with diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and approaches abandon government-controlled schools in favor of taking responsibility for their own children's education. As they do so, they're coming under assault from officials panicking over the number of people slipping from their grasp.

There's little doubt that homeschooling is an increasingly popular option. "From 1999 to 2012, the percentage of students who were homeschooled doubled, from an estimated 1.7 percent to 3.4 percent," reports the National Center for Education Statistics. While the government agency suggests that growth has leveled off since then, other researchers say data is hard to come by, since many states simply don't count people who homeschool.

From the responses to NCES's survey, families take on educational responsibilities for their children for a variety of reasons, including safety, educational approach and achievement, and philosophy. All are good reasons for stepping away from a one-size-fits-some government institution.

Let's look at traditional measures of academic achievement.

In 2014, SAT "test scores of college-bound homeschool students were higher than the national average of all college-bound seniors that same year," according to NHERI.

"Mean ACT Composite scores for homeschooled students were consistently higher than those for public school students" from 2001 through 2014, according (PDF) to that testing organization, although private school students scored higher still.

By contrast public school kids "bombed the SAT" reports Bloomberg. Mixed, but generally disappointing results since then have education experts worry that many public school graduates are unprepared for either higher education or the workforce.

But what about the impact of DIY education on the larger world—say, the development of "parallel societies" that Germany cites as grounds for banning the practice? We should be so lucky—homeschoolers seem inclined to create better societies.

"Students with greater exposure to homeschooling tend to be more politically tolerant—a finding contrary to the claims of many political theorists," reports research published in the Journal of School Choice. Defined as "the willingness to extend civil liberties to people who hold views with which one disagrees," this finding of greater political tolerance among the homeschooled has important ramifications in this factionalized and illiberal era. https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/...etter-students
The last paragraph above shows the problem with children in public schools being indoctrinated by left-leaning teachers, rather than being taught facts without bias. We see the results if this in the news every day.
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I've been an advocate of home schooling for years. I yanked my son from the local public high school after an escalation in bullying that landed him in the ER. School officials did nothing. Homeschooled kids do better on tests and are better educated, and I'd like to see public schools, which have become nothing more than "progressive" indoctrination centers go the way of the dodo.



The last paragraph above shows the problem with children in public schools being indoctrinated by left-leaning teachers, rather than being taught facts without bias. We see the results if this in the news every day.
It's not just the liberal bias but the common denominator approach of public education. home schooling is more adaptable to the individual student. Which should make sense in a nation founded on the principle of individual rights over the gubmit.

My story;

After 9 years in the liberal world of Connecticut schools, we are homeschooling our granddaughter. De programing is hard work but worth it. And she is an excellent student who's biggest issue in Connecticut was it's liberal bias. They actually had her psychiatrically tested over it.

When the State wanted her placed on drugs (no I'm not making this up) she bolted for Missouri. Came for a summer visit and refused to return.

Our grandson is just now in the 6th grade. Because of his sister, he gets it already. Fort Zumwalt School district, here in St Charles MO, is rated one of the best in the nation. And St. Charles county is redder than a MAGA hat. So he will continue with a public school education. ,,,,Unless that changes.
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It's not just the liberal bias but the common denominator approach of public education. home schooling is more adaptable to the individual student.
That's a pertinent point. When I home schooled my son, I did a lot of reading about the subject. I learned that the public education system was based on the assembly line system designed by Henry Ford. Children have different learning abilities, and this system does a grave disservice to the uniqueness of each child.
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That's a pertinent point. When I home schooled my son, I did a lot of reading about the subject. I learned that the public education system was based on the assembly line system designed by Henry Ford. Children have different learning abilities, and this system does a grave disservice to the uniqueness of each child.
No offence to FORD. They make a common product, always have, always will. If we want commonality in our progeny, I guess that is fine. If not/////

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I agree home schooling would be better. I would have done it if it wasn't against the law in Idaho at the time without a defeatus rigmarole.

Thing is not everyone can afford it. and not everyone can teach
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I agree home schooling would be better. I would have done it if it wasn't against the law in Idaho at the time without a defeatus rigmarole.

Thing is not everyone can afford it. and not everyone can teach
Every parent should learn his child's subjects.
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Every parent should learn his child's subjects.
Some cannot home school. Too many job hours or just can't do it. Like I cannot drive an 18 wheeler. Some things you just cannot do. Different people are different. Some are dumb also but want the best for their kids. Home schooling is great though and yes all parents should pay attention and praise their kids when warranted , push them when need be.
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That's a pertinent point. When I home schooled my son, I did a lot of reading about the subject. I learned that the public education system was based on the assembly line system designed by Henry Ford. Children have different learning abilities, and this system does a grave disservice to the uniqueness of each child.
Home schooled people will be the first ones rounded up and put in re-education camps when the Liberals take over. ....
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I agree home schooling would be better. I would have done it if it wasn't against the law in Idaho at the time without a defeatus rigmarole.

Thing is not everyone can afford it. and not everyone can teach
What? I've lived in Idaho my entire life and I cannot remember a time when homeschooling was against the law.

I will agree with your second sentence. But that doesn't necessarily mean public school is the answer.
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