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    Filed at 5:53 pm under by dcobranchi

    Thanks, Rochelle, who tipped me to this.

    The WSJ has a very nice piece on home educators who work a full-time job and HE at the same time. Sue Shellenbarger manages to pull off that rare feat- a homeschooling article that forgets to quote an “expert” for balance.

    Also, the WSJ includes a link to a really silly online poll. Here’s the question. See if you can spot the flaw:

    Overall, do home-schooled kids get as good an education as kids at traditional schools?
    Yes
    No
    They’re about the same.

    Right now, combining the 1st and 3rd responses, it’s a dead heat. Make sure you vote in the poll, and then view the results. Four pages of comments follow the results, some of which are worth reading. My fav:

    y issue (for lack of a better word) as a public school teacher (I teach in the same district where I attended school) is that public school students take very high stakes tests and the results are posted for all to see. No other type of student takes these tests, and whatever tests they do take, the results are not posted.

    Certainly, the super-expensive private schools are going to have very well educated students. But what about the small parochial school down the street? How can anyone say it is better than the public school, simply by virtue of its being private?

    The same with home ed. Someone else mentioned the probably discrepancy in quality of home teaching. I’m pretty sure home schooled kids have to take some sort of standardized test. I’d like to see those results posted on line, just like the results from the school where I teach.

    No way, no how! It’d be a violation of FERPA for a g-school to post student scores. Major lawsuit time. Aggregate scores, sure. But not individual.

    UPDATE: Here’s a link to another source of the article. Hopefully, it’s permanent.

    2 Responses to “INSANELY DIFFICULT”


    Comment by
    Unique
    September 14th, 2006
    at 10:06 pm

    Overall, do home-schooled kids get as good an education as kids at traditional schools?
    Yes
    No
    They’re about the same.

    The way they wrote the question – as good – makes answers 1 & 3 the same, i.e. , Yes, it is as good, or They’re about the same. So theoretically, you’d have to add the results together.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    September 15th, 2006
    at 1:45 pm

    But there’s no possible response for home education being BETTER than ps (or ps being worse than HS) — so it’s still very poorly constructed and even that won’t fix it.

    In psychometrics (as in testing kids) that kind of structural flaw is described as an unfairly low ceiling. Due to poor design and construction the tallest will hit their heads long before they can stand all the way up and show how tall they really are, while the less tall can rise to their full height or even stretch, and seem to touch the top with equal stature to the hunched over truly tall folks. Lousy trick.

    I had an idea reading the comments though — a mom called ps “education outsourcing.” Could hsers use this term to create cognitive dissonance in the kind of liberal ps advocate who supports teacher unions etc but also opposes outsourcing? . . .