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    Filed at 5:15 pm under by dcobranchi

    Annette on NCSW found a completely negative Op/Ed on home education. It really is ignorant and sounds like it could have come out of the NEA archives circa 1985.

    On any given day in America, about 1.1 million children are being educated outside of a school, and about 2.2 percent of the total school-age population is homeschooled. This is a slight increase since 1999… Researchers disagree on whether home schooling is academically advantageous. Research has not determined whether students of similar abilities would perform worse or better in a classroom or at home. Experts also disagree about whether home schooling hinders social development, but homeschooled children spend less time with their peers.

    Yeah, a slight increase of 29%. (Souce: NCES Homeschooling Survey of 2003) And I love the Appeal to Authority. Who are these so-called “experts” on home education? Are they merely academic blowhards? Or we also counting the reporters at the ABJ? Truth-be-told, there are no experts on home education (other than the ones who are out there actually home educating). We’re not lab rats. We’re ornery “FODers” (to quote Tim Haas). We don’t answer questions from the government, and we certainly don’t volunteer information on what, why, where, when, and how. Idiots like Professor Bainbridge (William, not Stephen) can pound sand. We’re not going away. And we’re not going to give up the hard-won freedoms we have now.

    6 Responses to “NOT THAT PROF. BAINBRIDGE”


    Comment by
    Annette
    February 12th, 2006
    at 5:52 pm

    He is the President and CEO of School Match.

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    SchoolMatch by Public Priority Systems, Inc. is a research and database service company that collects, audits, integrates, processes and manages information about public and private elementary and secondary schools.


    Comment by
    Anonymous
    February 12th, 2006
    at 6:30 pm

    I like the way he throws in the fact that we’re mostly white. I might have accepted this without cynicism, but it’s clear from his initial comments (“The neoconservatives managing the federal government”) that he has an agenda.

    The bullet is a non sequitir, and I can only guess he’s trying to make this somehow a racial issue.


    Comment by
    David
    February 12th, 2006
    at 6:31 pm

    OK. The anonymous comment above was from me. I got used to having the info filled in already when I made a comment. I guess I haven’t commented since Daryl switched over to WordPress.


    Comment by
    COD
    February 12th, 2006
    at 6:36 pm

    Luckily, I doubt anybody that matters will give a damn what a professor from Dayton University thinks.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    February 12th, 2006
    at 6:49 pm

    Luckily, I doubt anybody that matters will give a damn what a professor from Dayton University thinks.

    That’s called Appeal to Lack of Authority! 🙂


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    Ticklish Ears » Homeschool-bashing - it never stops
    February 12th, 2006
    at 10:02 pm

    […] Via Daryl, we find yet another homeschooling detractor taking his shot via the old media. This time, it’s University of Dayton Professor William Bainbridge in an article for The Columbus Dispatch entitled, Home-schooling data need close look. You may wonder why some of us get so agitated about this stuff, but hey, I need to have some inspiration to write. And there’s lots to have fun with in this article. […]