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    Filed at 4:05 pm under by dcobranchi

    Apparently the rugged individualist is dead and buried in Alaska. The misnamed Frontiersman is evidently run by emigres from their neighbor to the West.

    It is clear that parents should enjoy a great deal of involvement and authority in the education of their children. The state should not interfere with parenting, but it should protect the right of every child to basic literacy.

    We all live within a greater community and that community also bears some of the responsibility, and some of the burden, of child rearing. The concept of educational standards is not intended to infringe upon parents’ right to enhance education and experience for children.

    Government standards are intended to establish a minimum base of knowledge that is required to seek secondary education or function in society.

    Some of those standards require a basic level of education and training for educators, and some of them establish acceptable minimum academic levels for students at different grade levels. There is no state standard or regulation that limits parents’ ability to augment public education at home — in an effort to exceed government standards.

    We are sure there are many qualified, dedicated parents involved in independent home schooling in Alaska. However, there is no way to know how many children are independently home schooled, and there is no way to know if they are all receiving an adequate education.

    Because state regulations are so liberal concerning independent home schooling, the door is open for unqualified parents to deprive their children of a quality education without any interference by the state.

    We support the rights of home-schoolers, but we also believe every student should be required to meet basic attendance and academic standards.

    That’s about as statist an argument as one is likely to find outside the old Soviet Union. I especially like the part where the “community” (read, “government”) is going to rear our children with us. Thanks for the offer. But, no thanks.

    I hope some AK home educators set Mikhail the editor straight.

    2 Responses to “A MISNOMER”

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 4:54 pm

    And let’s start enforcing the “educational neglect” statutes by throwing some government employees in jail. They got a few “motes” in their own eyes.

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 3:25 pm

    Amen. I’m always amazed at how the “it takes a village” folks deny the reality they DO know – the village school is failing at a 60-70% rate for math and reading proficiency, yet they are consumed with regulating the estimated 2% of the population that wants to take care of themselves.