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    WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Colby Cosh has a terrific post on the end of schooling as we have known it.

    Not just public schools–all schools, or at least all schools that are run on the education-factory model, with 20-plus students per class being taught according to cookie-cutter curricula. Does it ever strike you that the way we teach our children is impractical, antiquated, and, viewed a certain way, sort of shocking?…

    When we hear of someone home-schooling their children, we recoil in instinctual horror at the thought of inbred, socially maladjusted kids learning weird and possibly dangerous ideas. But the early evidence from an exploding home-schooling movement is that home-schooled children do very well indeed. They seem to be hugely overrepresented among winners of debate competitions, science fairs, geography bees, and the like. Top American universities fight with each other to get these kids. It seems clear to me that home-schooling is the best choice for most children, under ideal circumstances, if only because it puts the responsibility for that education in the same place where the interest exists. A schoolteacher gets paid whether or not your particular child learns to read. If you’re a literate parent you’re not going to let that kind of thing slide.

    That 2nd graf is the key. No one wants the kids to succeed more than the parents do. The problem is that we, as a society, have been snookered by the educrats into believing that education is so difficult that only a trained, credentialed “professional” could ever hope to succeed.

    Cash later goes on to propose a “community school” organized by a few parents who jointly hire a tutor for their kids using public tax dollars. Except for the money, it sounds an awful lot like the co-ops that HSers have been using for years. [reblogged from Joanne Jacobs]

    UPDATE: Cosh updated his post here. He has some very nice things to say about HSing.

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