Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Home Schoolers & the Education Monopoly

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Home Schoolers Are Challenging the Education Monopoly by Nathan Tabor

Home schoolers are beginning to put a real dent in the monopoly of the socialist, government funded, union controlled education system in this country. If teaching is a profession, why can a bunch of amateurs do so well?
On nationally normed standardized achievement tests, the average score for all public school students is 50 in all areas. For all home schooled students taking the same tests, the average score for the complete battery of tests was 87, a whopping difference of 37 percentile points. For example: Total Reading, 87; Total Math, 82; Social Studies, 85. In every category, the home-schooled kids out-performed their public school peers.
A 37 percentile point move up from the norm is a significant move.

And I don't think you can say this is all due to income. Rich families, in rich towns still have above average public schools, or have access to good private schools. The simple fact is that the school system in America today is not dedicated toward teaching; it is instead devoted to indoctrination.

Having lost the argument on quality of education, the education monopoly clings to the issue of "socialization." (Aptly named) But even there they come up empty.
Frankly, the whole socialization argument is bogus, too. Fully 98 percent of home-schooled kids are involved in two or more extracurricular activities with other kids outside the home. These just happen to be of a more wholesome type, like field trips (84 percent), Sunday School classes (77 percent), group sports (48 percent), music classes (47 percent), and volunteer work (33 percent).
Not to mention the stuff they don't get at school that their parents might want them to miss: drugs, gangs, socialism as an ideal, anti-Americanism, etc.

One of the defenders of socialization actually said it was a bad thing that kids might actually pick up their parents' values, instead of those being forced on them by the state.

Hat tip Grizzly Mama, who is home schooling her 2 girls.

John Dewey (1859-1952), a "reformer" of American Education had this to say
You can’t make Socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.
Is this a system we want for America? What we have is an education system that is structured so that kids will not learn to think for themselves

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