15 February 2011

Education "Experts" Wrong - Again

* Since the modern homeschool movement began to grow, . . . Questions have been asked about the extent to which they would one day be engaged in civic life, be an active part of public discourse, develop their own worldviews, and treat the values and beliefs of others. Negative critics have claimed, for example, that adults who were home educated would shy away from civic involvement, not be a part of public conversation and debate, not be exposed to values and beliefs different from those of their parents, and end up being intolerant of allowing others to express their viewpoints. Advocates of homeschooling, on the other hand, have long held that the homeschooled would one day be engaged in their communities and civic life and learn to properly function in the adult social, political, and philosophical world.

* These adults who had been homeschooled were much more civically involved than the average adult in the United States.

* Findings from this study also indicate that the home educated think that they can understand and affect society and government more than does the general public.

* The evidence from this study also suggests that adults who were home educated have a commitment to or tolerance of free expression of viewpoints or beliefs that is about as strong as that of the general public.

* Based on the findings of this study, the concerns stressed by Apple (2000), Franzosa (1984), Lubienski (2000, 2003), the National Education Association (2002), and Reich (2001, 2002), that homeschooling would somehow interfere with home-educated adults participating in essential societal activities or that homeschooling inhibits public debate, have no foundation.

* Second, [name of critic of homeschooling withheld] presumes that tax-funded, state-controlled education is good for both individuals and the whole in a nation that was built on principles such as liberty, justice, freethinking, and freedom of religious (and other) expression and practice. Third, he commits the fallacy of false choice; he implies that not committing one’s children to state-run schooling or removing one’s children and family from state-controlled schooling is the same as withdrawing more from common endeavors than if one had joined or remained involved in state-run schooling. And in this he is perhaps also guilty of the slippery slope fallacy, suggesting that if a person removes himself from one form of community (common) activity then he will because of that then remove himself from more community (common) activities.

* There is evidence in this study that negative critics of homeschooling should be concerned if they want themselves or the state to have a stronger influence, and the parents a weaker one, on the education and upbringing of the children, which always involves the development of values, beliefs, and worldview.

* The findings of this study indicate that adults who were home educated are clearly engaged in their local communities and civic activity and will likely do so with a personal philosophy that is very similar to that of their parents and an attitude toward life that are different from the philosophy and attitude they might have learned in a state-run or private institutional school.

The parents of children who are homeschooled are the real education experts and nation builders. Quoted material above is taken from this source.


Clint said...

Interesting topic. Well, we know that public education leaves a lot to be desired, not the least of which is government control of values. The list of PE's shortcomings is too lengthy to list here.

But home schooling also has its drawbacks---how do we know Johnny is getting an equivalent education as Mary, who lives two streets over? If home schooling could somehow be controlled without creating a bureaucracy...?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hi Clint, thanks for the comment. Please don't take this personally, but its not your business to know if Johnny is getting an "equivalent" education - its the parents.

The control lies with the parents and, as study after study has proven, that God-ordained authority works quite well.

* The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests. (Percentiles range from 1 to 99 on these tests.)

* Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.

* Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.

* Degree of state control and regulation of homeschooling is not related to academic achievement.

* Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.

* Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges. [I found this to be the case with all of my homeschooled children.]