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    Filed at 6:44 am under by dcobranchi

    I just wanted to highlight a bit of this article from the WashTimes. It’s just a bit of silliness to get Monday off to a decent start:

    The question of how much home-schooling costs could be one of those math problems that gave most of us nightmares in our adolescent years — the ones that start off, “A train is traveling west at 75 miles per hour.”

    …The teacher-pupil ratio is slightly lower for private schools — about 15 pupils per teacher as compared to 17 for public schools. However, the teacher-pupil ratio for home-schoolers is, of course, far lower than either.

    Well, unless the homeschooling family has more than 15 kids (probably the majority of home educating families), the teacher-pupil ratio should be higher than for the private schools. So, the reporter has problems with numerators and denominators, too.

    4 Responses to “NOW, ABOUT THAT MATH PROBLEM…”

    Comment by
    February 13th, 2006
    at 9:19 am


    Uh oh, the reporter/writer is:

    Kate Tsubata, a home-schooling mother of three, is a freelance writer who lives in Maryland.

    Comment by
    February 13th, 2006
    at 3:23 pm

    $546 for materials?!? WooHoo! Wish I had that much to spend. I’d be rolling in it!

    Comment by
    February 13th, 2006
    at 7:23 pm

    hey, she’s a writer, not a mathematician. 😉

    Comment by
    February 13th, 2006
    at 8:06 pm

    I don’t even have a clue exactly how much we spend. I know there’s plenty I wish we could spend, ha!