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Old 19-02-12, 08:32
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Read this this morning and reminded me of an argument I had with my brother about my decision to home educate. Apparantly I was making the education system worse by withdrawing my children and opting out.



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Old 19-02-12, 10:09
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Interesting article but fundamentally flawed in so many ways. If 90% of American kids attend state schools and I think around 2% are home educated then that must leave 8% in independent schools. If the argument holds then the independent schools ought to be the main target, so let's forget about the home ed soft target and ban independent schools - likely? ... not a chance. Also an inner city comprehensive is a completely different kettle of fish from one in a leafy suburb so if the argument holds then we would need to send half the inner city kids to leafy suburb schools and vice versa. That's the only way to make comprehensive schools truly comprehensive, which they never will be. It's interesting that home edders' view of schooling is described as a caricature when the author of the piece has such a caricatured view of home ed (I'm sure others will point out all the flaws in that regard). I think it's really good to consider criticism of home ed and always keep an open mind, and I remember looking hard at any criticism I could find when we were taking our 'big decision'. At the end of the day considering any criticism we could find just strengthened our resolve to home educate since every time you realise that the criticism is not valid the stronger and more robust is your resolve. Bring on the criticism I say - thanks for posting.
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Old 19-02-12, 10:22
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I've just noticed the comments - they are excellent.
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Old 19-02-12, 13:13
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I thought the article was, being charitable, misleading and ignorant.

I did like this comment, though, which encapsulates both sides of the argument in a nutshell:
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We were never tested, graded, or told to memorize dates, facts, or figures."

Then she wasn't home schooled, she was home babysat and has no basis for forming an opinion on the efficacy of legitimate home schooling.

This article borders on fear mongering and I am disappointed.
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Old 19-02-12, 13:27
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Hmm, except that my children are *legitimately* home educated and have never been made/told to do any of those things either, but are perfectly entitled to make comments about HE. Unless the commenter was being particularly pedantic in his use of the term home school of course.
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Old 19-02-12, 14:54
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I took personal issue with the assertion that home education is a reflection of class privilege. At great scarifice we decided to home educate because after 2 years of careful consideration we felt it was the very best thing we could do for our children. Surely the argument should be about why is home education is not an option for all, not that it just isn't so everyone should be forced into the system.

I want to see real articles about education and not these pieces of contradictory pish. But, at least it stimulates discussion.
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