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    Filed at 12:39 pm under by dcobranchi

    This Op/Ed out of Canada is the worst piece of anti-homeschooling trash I think I’ve ever seen. It is also out there in la-la land regarding what the g-schools are like.

    No matter how the picture is painted, the simple truth is that kitchen-table education is inferior to the one offered in public schools.

    If education were as simple as good grades, perhaps valid arguments could be made of the superiority of home schooling children. All that would have to be done is compare the grades of home-schooled children to the ones educated in the public system. However, any perceptive parent knows that there is more to education than grades. Rather, it is the setting up of conditions where a young person can learn and grow and become the person they choose to be and not simply be a clone of their parents.

    Education is like a mother bird teaching its young to fly. It is a gift of freedom that allows children to truly define themselves. It allows children to throw back the protective covers of their parents, and have them see and experience the world with the help and encouragement of minds whose primary purpose is not to protect but to explore. The student-teacher relationship in a public school is as intellectually mighty a Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe in the early 1500’s. Now, students and teachers are the explorers of the new world of science, art, and ideas.

    Emphasis mine. That last bit has to win idiotic quote of the millenium. The rest of the article is no better. Read the whole thing, but not on a full stomach.

    Oh yeah- the shocker? The author is a g-school teacher.

    8 Responses to “A SHOCKER!!!”

    Comment by
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 12:46 pm

    I don’t think I better read it right now. I have PMS today.

    Comment by
    Chris O'Donnell
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 1:01 pm

    Wow. I don’t even know what to say. It’s such an eas target. I think Darby should fisk this one – it’s her country after all 😉

    Comment by
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 1:26 pm

    I have no intention of reading it. There’s little chance it will have anything of interest inside. I love the megalomania on the part of the teacher, but it seems boring compared to other possible megalomanias.

    Comment by
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 2:53 pm

    (insert inarticulate expression of appalled disbelief here)
    I’ve never fisked anything before, but I’ll certainly have to take a crack at this one tonight.
    Maybe I can get dh to help!

    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 5:59 pm

    “Education is like a mother bird teaching its young to fly.” So what the author is saying, then, is that homeschooling is okay for birds, just not humans?

    The purpose of education is to teach a person how to think, period. It’s not about a “gift of freedom” or “defining oneself.” Man has volition (and thus freedom) with or without formal education, and before a person can define oneself, he must understand, ahem, how to think.

    Comment by
    J Aron
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 9:14 pm

    This is just too ridiculous to comment on.. the author clearly has his head up his butt..and knows very little (except his own prejudices) about homeschooling.

    Comment by
    April 22nd, 2004
    at 10:50 pm

    Well, it probably IS too ridiculious to comment on, but I did my best anyway. 😉


    Comment by
    c. fisher
    May 20th, 2004
    at 11:27 pm

    You, I presume were educated in a public school?
    You might want to spell check your article. There are a few mistakes…. It’s no big deal really, it’s just that you make such a big deal out of making a impact on others…
    My daughter and son have been “learning to love learning” since day one. I have been educating them at home since day one. I have never had them write a term paper or take a test. My 14 year old daughter was just asked to play the role of Queen Jane in the San Fransisco renaissance Faire because of her unique acting ability and strong sense of history. My 12 year old son has taken gun safety courses and wants to persue a career as a S.W.A.T member. I give them the choice, no holds barred , every year to attend public school. They LOVE the freedom to learn at their own pace and within their interests.
    Please don’t pigeon-hole all homeschoolers. There are some of us that are cool, normal, and broad thinkers.