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    Filed at 11:29 am under by dcobranchi

    In an otherwise nice piece on a “home-learning” family in WI, the reporter falls back on the trick of quoting an alleged expert to provide balance:

    Michael Apple, a professor of education policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has studied home schooling extensively, has been quoted as saying home schoolers are cutting themselves off from people with different backgrounds.

    He says home-schooled kids are missing out on the more subtle lessons that public teach about interacting in a diverse society.

    “Public schools are important to democracy,” Apple said. “They teach people how to work with others across political, religious, class and racial lines. It would be a disaster to give up on that.”

    Republic. Democracy. What’s the diff? And I guess the republic must have been fortunate to survive all those years before the compulsory attendance laws were passed.

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