March 20, 2008
"Now youse can't leave!"*
Ever wondered why so many teachers and bureaucrats oppose home schooling despite the fact that home-schooled children score far better in standardized tests?
Education may have a lot less to do with it than you think.
In his analysis of the recent California decision to outlaw homeschooling, Vin Suprynowicz may have identified the chief reason for opposition to home schooling. The court stated that schools are mandatory in nature order to "train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state":
"California courts have held that ... parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children," Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling, which makes it clear those parents can be criminally prosecuted for failing to comply.OK, so never mind education. The purpose is indoctrinating children with these patriotic, um, values.
Well, even assuming that is their purpose, are the schools doing a good job of training school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state?
I'm thinking that many parents home-school their kids because the government schools are doing such a bad job. Around here, police live in fear of 3:00 p.m. -- the time of day when all those good, loyal, and patriotic little citizens are allowed out of what resemble daytime jails:
"At 3 o'clock, all hell breaks loose," said Capt. Winton Singletary, commander of the 14th Police District in Northwest Philadelphia. "Some days, we just race from school to school."Interesting that the merchants would be threatening to sue the school district. In light of the fact that Roxborough High's reading and math proficiency scores are less than half the statewide average, I think the parents should be threatening to sue.
It's bad to read news that parents who want to opt out can't.
The noose is tightening.
MORE: Joanne Jacobs has a great Pajamas Media piece about the California decision, which should be read in its entirety. Excerpt:
"A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare," Croskey wrote.Judging from the way they look around here, not very many.
posted by Eric on 03.20.08 at 02:32 PM
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