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News and Observer recently had an article titled “NC Homeschools and The Common Good” up.
I read it. I laughed. What a pile of steaming liberal crap.
It’s authored by “Leslie Maxwell of Durham is a writer and adjunct professor of English.”
I humbly suggest Leslie stick to English and butt out of parents doing what is best for their kids. By the way, her ‘war on women‘ attempt was thin at best. Maxwell apparently teaches at Meredith.
The net-net of the homeschool article was that this Leslie Maxwell person clearly is panicked that people might be teaching their kids on their own and how dare they be so selfish as to only be concentrating on their own children. The Horror. It’s a pile of “all your kids belong to us” crap we’ve heard from the likes of tampon earrings aficionados. No idea if Leslie has kids of her own or if she’s just worried about everyone else’s here.
While I promptly discarded this article after reading it, another NC parent had quite a bit to say on the matter and with their permission, I am reposting their comment below the fold .
It wasn’t just this one parent, a lot of people had something to say. Folks should hit the article and read the rest of the comments — A vast majority gave Ms. Maxwell a verbal thrashing. In fact, I couldn’t find one that praised the article. One comment in particular nailed it, “Nice try implicating homeschoolers in NC for the ills of the public school system, but it does not fly.” Another made me chuckle with, “It’s a rare person that can insult all parents’ school choices in one blow. “
Rarely do I respond to the N&O but I felt strongly compelled to respond. NC homeschools and abandoning the common good….Really? In an opinion piece in the News & Observer it stated: When parents are committed only to their own child’s education that affects communities for whom schools have long been a source of unity. What does that do to education in North Carolina, education in the United States?
First of all, to suggest that I am only committed to my own child’s education because of our families choice to homeschool is false. To answer the question: Expanding school choice is the single best strategy for improving education for all children. A competitive education marketplace improves educational outcomes, not just for my children but for all children. School choice encourages parents to be involved and parental involvement improves academic achievement.
The fact is NC Homeschools Improve NC as opposed to NC Homeschools Abandon the Common Good. Educating a child in the environment that is best for that child’s unique learning styles is much more productive for our society. When parents have the choice to public school, charter school, private school, homeschool, or other alternative non-traditional education, society as a whole benefits . When students are left to fail that does not help any community. We already know that academic failure leads to poverty, crime and many other statistics which drag down a community. As a former public school teacher and now homeschooling for the past 13 years, I have firsthand experience on both sides of the fence. As a parent, I have the right, as well as the responsibility, to direct my children’s education and upbringing in a manner consistent with my beliefs and with my knowledge of my child’s unique needs, talents, and abilities.
The United States Supreme Court has recognized the importance of parental rights and has repeatedly held that parents possess the “fundamental right” to “direct the upbringing and education of their children.” The Court said: “[T]he child is not the mere creature of the State: those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.”
It is not uncommon for testing data from nationally-normed standardized achievement tests to demonstrate that some students pulled from public school tested mildly to severely delayed. After homeschooling and parents basically creating individualized instruction plans for their children, these same students have tested average to above average, and in some cases advanced! This comes down to parental choice that made the difference from a failing student to a successful student. It is important to note that test data demonstrates this in all socio-economic classes. There is a plethora of professional resources that can assist parents in making wise academic choices for teaching at home. Yes, I am committed to the education of my own children and in return I am making a commitment to the rest of the children in NC by my choice.