The Real Cons of Homeschooling, revisited
I am hard to shock. I really am. Sometimes, I credit myself for simply being even-keeled, sometimes I berate myself for being too jaded. Reality probably falls between those two extremes.
But, just a few minutes ago, my jaw dropped as I read a comment on the most excellent blog of homeschooling mother and author, Tammy Takahashi. She first posted a great article called The Real Cons of Homeschooling more than a year and a half ago, on October 4, 2006. I’ve been following it ever since. It now has 44 comments, and they run the spectrum from super-pro-homeschooling, to hs’ing skeptics, to hs’ing detractors. Given Tammy’s personality and beliefs, I think her blog is a perfect host for such a discussion.
I myself have commented probably too much, four of those 44 comments, but it continues to be an interesting conversation.
A recent commenter, though, said something that made my jaw drop, me gasp, and say out loud, “She cannot be serious.” It was this:
I think home schooling is just a parents power trip and, in all fairness, do not see the point of having home schooling be an option for students and parents at all.
Homeschooling as “just a power trip”???? That’s a new one for me. I responded, not very kindly, and suggested that the writer move to Germany, where homeschooling is outlawed.