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FUNNY AND THEN NOT SO

Filed at 9:40 am under by dcobranchi

A researcher has found that homeschooling parents don’t cover “health” issues (i.e., sex ed)the same way that the g-schools do. Surprise! Surprise! I got a huge laugh out of this sentence.

The average time the home-school educators in this survey had been in the profession was one to three years.

Don’t you have to get paid to be in a profession? The article then takes a turn to the dark side, though.

This study indicates a need for public school systems to consider addressing the health education needs of all the students in their communities, Clark says.

Yes- the g-schools are the solution to all “problems.”

BTW, my lovely wife (the professional home educator here) pointed out that if the majority of homeschoolers in the survey had only been homeschooling one to three years, it implies that the kids are most likely third grade or younger. Not a whole lotta reasons to teach sexual health at that age, eh?

One Response to “FUNNY AND THEN NOT SO”


Comment by
Davida
January 24th, 2004
at 12:44 pm

“The survey of 74 home educators who teach children in kindergarten to Grade 12 …”

“This study indicates a need for public school systems to consider addressing the health education needs of all the students in their communities, Clark says.”

He’s come to such a grand conclusion based on such a small sample size. Even I know that’s not very conclusive research. It seems this researcher went out looking for a reason to get public school systems involved in homeschoolers lives. Can’t really tell, though, through a newspaper article. It would be better to read the actual research.

“First aid, fitness, and nutrition were taught more often than violence prevention, suicide prevention, consumer health, and sexual health.”

I don’t think these things are NOT taught, they just aren’t given their own ‘unit study’ or whatever like the schools do. It tends to come up more in natural conversation (“Mommy, where do babies come from?” “Why did that lady have bruises on her arm?”) and addressed then, which is more difficult to quantify in research terms.

Seems to work better than the ps health-ed system.