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WHINE, WHINE, BITCH, & MOAN

Filed at 5:39 pm under by dcobranchi

The four horsemen of the apocalypse. Melissa Wiley pointed me to this utterly insipid anti-homeschooling editorial out of Virginia. A few choice quotes should adequately set the tone:

Why would a state with one of the strictest standards of accountability for public education — the Standards of Learning — want to give home-schooled students a pass? Why would a state groaning under the onerous demands of President Bush’s inflexible and unattainable No Child Left Behind Act allow such a dichotomy to exist at the home-school level while the legislature is attempting to strike a bargain with the federal government to get free of NCLB?

Home-schooling should be held to as high a standard as public education. While there are parents with only a high school diploma who possess enough intelligence and education obtained by non-traditional means to give their children a quality education, we cannot apply that standard to every parent who wishes to home-school their children. It’s not fair — either to the children who are being schooled at home or to the children who must deal with the Alice in Wonderland bureaucracy that our state and federal government have turned public education into

I especially liked the digs at NCLB (as if that were germane).

5 Responses to “WHINE, WHINE, BITCH, & MOAN”


Comment by
Karen in CT
February 27th, 2006
at 9:29 pm

So Virginia should start testing homeschoolers because the state won’t say no to federal money so they don’t need to meet NCLB?

Sure, why not. Bully the little kid on the block to make you feel better for not standing up to the bully who is beating you up. That’s a great reason for legislation. I can see where that socialization to get used to bullies has come in handy for the author of the article.


Comment by
Susan
February 28th, 2006
at 12:19 pm

“While there are parents with only a high school diploma who possess enough intelligence and education obtained by non-traditional means to give their children a quality education, we cannot apply that standard to every parent who wishes to home-school their [sic] children. It’s not fair — either to the children who are being schooled at home or to the children who must deal with the Alice in Wonderland bureaucracy that our state and federal government have turned public education into.”

Very Alice-in-Wonderland reasoning, that.


Comment by
Mary
February 28th, 2006
at 6:13 pm

“Home-schooling should be held to as high a standard as public education”

Actually I was thinking perhaps it’s time to push for public education to be held to homeschooling standards. Imagine if every child had to learn their lesson before moving on to the next lesson.


Comment by
Unique
February 28th, 2006
at 8:44 pm

“Why would a state with one of the strictest standards of accountability for public education — the Standards of Learning — want to give home-schooled students a pass?”

Because we can do it better in more detail and in some sort of order and tailor it to our child’s ability to understand and they can’t? Works for me.


Comment by
Toni
March 8th, 2006
at 10:17 pm

The tired ” The parents are teaching armed only with a high school education.” argument never ceases to amuse me. I graduated from the public school system. To me, this qualifies me to at LEAST be able to teach my children the same information. If public school is so efficient and superior, why does my diploma make me inadequate? It’s hilarious…. they are , in essence, admitting their own lack of faith in “the system”.

T