November 25, 2017

All the Buzz About Homeschooling

It seems homeschooling is making the news a lot lately.  Last week we learned homeschooling families are on the rise. They still make up only 1% of the population, but the demographic of parents who choose to homeschool isn’t  just for religious reasons anymore.

A recent article in Slate by Dana Goldstein raised many eyebrows because in it Goldstein argues homeschooling does a disservice to our society, going further to say “government is the only institution with the power and scale to intervene in the massive undertaking of better educating American children, 90 percent of whom currently attend public schools.”  Read the whole article.  

And now, over at The Atlantic Conor Friedersdorf offers a line by line rebuttal of Goldstein’s piece in “Why Homeschooling is a Boon to a Liberal Society.”   What are your thoughts on this?  

There is one thing I agree with both Goldstein and Friedersdorf on: we need to fix our public school system.

Comments

  1. IMO Goldstein is misinformed. I was offended by the article, and I’m not even a homeschooler! I appreciated the rebuttal, and I think there is even more to say beyond that in response to the Goldstein article and in support of homeschooling.

  2. Heather Stokhaug says:

    I love how anytime someone wants to refute homeschooling, they use as their example an “unschooling” family – and usually a pretty fringe set of unschoolers to boot!
    I am glad that you presented both articles.
    I know single parents who homeschool (and do it well), people who live at poverty level and homeschool well, and Christians, Jews, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and atheists who homeschool well. The one common thread that runs through all of these families is that they have pulled their kids out of public and private schools because they wanted a better educational experience for their children. I applaud anyone who looks carefully at their kids’ lives and makes decisions based on what is best for their child (and that answer may be different for every child).
    I get tired of people attacking other parents’ choices. I want the educational system to improve too. I want all children to get a good education and to grow up to be happy, healthy, productive adults. I have a lot of homeschooling friends, a lot of public school friends, and a handful of private school friends. We are not at war with each other. We are each choosing the best path for our families and our children.

    • Well said, Heather. I was surprised by how defensive the writer was too. Most people really are just doing what they feel is best for their own family.

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