Friday, December 5, 2008

Home Schools Run By Well-Meaning Amateurs

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read the following piece. It was especially funny because I recently read the piece from the HSDLA about how "The best homeschooled students systematically outperform the best non-homeschooled students. "

Home Schools Run By Well-Meaning Amateurs
Schools With Good Teachers Are Best-Suited to Shape Young Minds

By Dave Arnold

There's nothing like having the right person with the right experience, skills and tools to accomplish a specific task. Certain jobs are best left to the pros, such as, formal education.
There are few homeowners who can tackle every aspect of home repair. A few of us might know carpentry, plumbing and, let’s say, cementing. Others may know about electrical work, tiling and roofing. But hardly anyone can do it all.

Same goes for cars. Not many people have the skills and knowledge to perform all repairs on the family car. Even if they do, they probably don’t own the proper tools. Heck, some people have their hands full just knowing how to drive.

So, why would some parents assume they know enough about every academic subject to home-school their children? You would think that they might leave this -- the shaping of their children’s minds, careers, and futures -- to trained professionals. That is, to those who have worked steadily at their profession for 10, 20, 30 years! Teachers!

For continued giggles you can read the rest of the piece on the NEA website.

I would also like to once again direct my readers to a great series by Michael Hodges titled "Grandfather Economic Report series." He has an excellent analysis of the public school system.


1 comment:

Henry Cate said...

In some ways the NEA is like an ostrich. By sticking its head in the sand the NEA is trying to deny reality. The reality is public schools do a poor job. Claiming they are professions and are thus the only people "qualified" to teach denies that millions of parents are doing a better job.