Saturday, January 06, 2007

Homeschooling Article Recommendation

I just finished reading a wonderful article by Bruce N. Shortt entitled Homeschool Regulation: Revenge of the Failures. Here is a little taste:

In their never-ending effort to "help" homeschoolers, public school bureaucrats periodically try to increase homeschooling regulations. This makes K-12 education perhaps a unique endeavor: it's a field in which the failures regularly, and astonishingly, insist that they should be able to regulate the successful.

Never mind that homeschoolers consistently outperform children institutionalized in government schools or that the longer a child is institutionalized in a government school the worse he does in relation to homeschooled children. Never mind, also, that international surveys of academic performance show that in the course of 12 years government schools manage to turn perfectly capable children into world-class dullards. No, the same education bureaucrats who consume an annual cash flow of roughly $600 billion to achieve previously unknown levels of semi-literacy and illiteracy among otherwise normal American children feel compelled from time to time to abandon their diligent pursuit of intellectual mediocrity to offer proposals for regulating homeschool parents.

You can read the rest of the article here.

1 comment:

Heather_in_WI said...

Somehow I missed this article the other day when I was here -- what a great article! I'm linking to it on my blog, too. Thanks!