It’s official. Teaching your children at home is now OK.
Time magazine says as much this week in its badly headlined, occasionally stupid but 95 percent favorable cover package, “Is Home Schooling Good for America?”
You shouldn’t need Time to tell you home schooling is no longer the province of wacky Christian fundamentalists, rural right-wing sects or the socially challenged.
But those original stereotypes are more outdated than ever. Cool people teach their kids at home now. Big-city liberals. Even professional journalists who write columns on magazines like this one.
As Time reports, home schooling grew nearly 20-fold during the 1990s and now accounts for somewhere between 850,000 and 1.6 million kids – about 4 percent of the K-12 population. That may seem like a blip, but Time says the home-school sector poses a serious threat to the education industrial complex as we know it.
Time’s piece is not afraid to baldly stipulate the obvious — that public education is a mess. It also acknowledges that most parents teach their children well and do it because they’re worried about the quality of their kids’ earthly educations, not their eternal souls.
Though the article is essentially a huge wet kiss to home schooling, it’s obvious that deep down Time still doesn’t understand why home schooling works (kids learn, parents don’t teach).
And Time is incapable of appreciating that this grass-roots revolution is a good thing for society because it expands the boundaries of individual freedom (parents – mothers really – have seized control of their own children’s education from the edu-experts and the state).
Unfortunately, deep down Time’s liberal writers and editors see all this parental choice and control over their kids’ education not as a blessing to be cheered, but as potentially dangerous.
Is home schooling really good for “society”? Does it create “better citizens”?
Shouldn’t we worry about “what” home schoolers teach? And isn’t experiencing racial and social diversity more important than, say, maximizing parental choice?
It’s sad, but Time’s editors and writers don’t really trust parents to do the right thing. And they really believe there’s something inherently valuable or Americanizing for every child to ride a noisy yellow bus to school or to learn to deal with peer pressure.
It’s even sadder that they still believe that our failing 19th century system of public education deserves to be preserved and protected, not dismantled.
RIP.com: What’s left of the New Economy is mourning the death of the once great, once authoritative, once seemingly invincible Industry Standard, which is ceasing publication. Meanwhile, during our eulogy, let’s give special thanks to Rob Walker of Slate.com for quantifying how far and how fast the dot-com world has collapsed.
Back in May 2000, when all was bubbly and New Economy magazines were fat as phone books, Walker added up the pages in the Standard, Fast Company, Wired, Business 2.0, eCompany Now, Forbes ASAP and Red Herring.
The total: 2,714 pages, most of which were dot-com ads for companies that no longer exist. This month’s page total, says Walker in his Moneybox column posted on Slate this week, is a mere 794. And that’s only if you count the last issue of the Standard.
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