Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Homeschooling NOT a Good Idea For Most

Or so says WYLL 1160 AM conservative talk radio host Scott Thomas from Illinois in an opinion published here.

If you perceive problems with your public schools, you can choose, as a family, to be part of the solution, or you can run from the problems and home school. While that may be the right decision for a few, in my opinion it is more often a decision that deprives students of some very fine teachers, and doesn’t teach them a thing about how to get along in the real world. There’s the key. Feel free to open the box. But, before home schoolers email me in droves, I hope you’ll ask yourself if you really are, at the end of the day, the very best Algebra, Trigonometry, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, English, German, Latin, Literature, Grammar, Health Science, Physical Education, Music Appreciation, Composition, Psychology, Social Studies, Current Events, American History, World Geography, Communications, Astronomy, Computer Skills, Graphics, Art teacher, classmate and soccer coach your child can possibly have within your school district. If the answer to all of those is “Yes”, then home school. If not, then ask yourself if the “price” of missing all that is worth the protection they’re getting.
He is elevating knowledge above wisdom. Without supplying biblical support for his assertion. I say let's email him. Here's the e-mail and tell them Spunky sent you. Maybe even invite him to the convention and see the other perspective. I'd love to talk with him myself. I have done quite a few radio interviews on this topic and debated it quite a bit. It's alot of fun and I'd love to try. If you listen to this show let me know the number . I'd love to call in. I'd also love to answer his assertion about being the "best" teacher but that will have to wait.

For now back to the convention posts. See you tomorrow.

Update 4/21 Please read Lyflines analysis of this article it is great. And Carolyn posted her analysis here about being a "witness". Good stuff there as well. Read what Agent Tim a 15 year old homeschooler think here.


Also see: Myth of an Equal Education
Is Silence an Option
Outsourcing Parenthood

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