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Oh my, how I tried to let this thread go by without adding my comments, since everyone else has touched on a lot of my objections to the article. I can resist no longer.

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But as the number of kids learning at home grows, we should pause to wonder: Better at teaching them what? Home schooling may turn out better students, but does it create better citizens

I hate "questions" like this. The clear implication is that homeschooling doesn't create better citizens. Is there any factual basis for even asking this "question," even by the "standards" the author would use to determine the answer? A related question is, "better citizen" by whose standard? Somehow I doubt that a citizen who questions, for example, the worth of public education would be considered "better". Or one who doesn't have the right outlook on "diversity". Or one who wants a smaller, less intrusive government rather than a federal nanny. I don't think a "more conformist citizen" or a "more indoctrinated citizen" is necessarily a "better citizen."

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Home schooling is a social threat to public education," says Chris Lubienski, who teaches at Iowa State University's college of education. "It is taking some of the most affluent and articulate parents out of the system. These are the parents who know how to get things done with administrators

Public education is a threat to public education.

Why do administrators need to be accosted by affluent and articulate parents in order for them to do things properly. Isn't that their job?

If public education, including the administrators, were doing their jobs, home schooling wouldn't be a "threat" because it would be largely unnecessary for the majority who do it for educational quality rather than religious reasons. The fact that so many children are bailing public schools would seem to indicate, at least to a rational person, that there are problems in public schools which need to be addressed. Yesterday. Blaming the parents who get out isn't going to help provice a better education for the children who can't.

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One doesn't diminish a home-schooling parent's sacrifice for his child to note that he may also be abdicating some of his responsibilities to his community

What responsibility to the community dictates that I have to waste 12 years of my child's life in a cesspool of a school system that I didn't not create and am largely powerless to fix? I pay my taxes so that the public schools can continue to pour money down a rathole while utterly failing at their sole task. Only someone with a vested interest in the status quo -- say, for example, someone "who teaches at Iowa State University's college of education" -- would try to blame the parents for the cesspool he and his ilk have created.

The more I hear apologists like this guy, the more I realize that public education is going to be even worse by the time my daughters are ready for school... and the more I realize I just can't, in good conscience, send them to public schools.

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