Bel Canto Mom wrote an interesting post on homeschooling her children. However, even with the obvious ways that education in America is lacking, I don't think I could do it. It's great that she (and many others) have the patience for it, but I would be a disaster. A complete disaster. So I send my son elsewhere. I can help him with “homework” (he's in a pre-K program right now, and sometimes brings worksheets home to finish). But if I was in charge of his total education? I shudder just thinking about it.
But it is nice that there is the option for homeschooling. I mean, at least it's possible to choose whether to send your child to public school, private school (if you can afford it) or do homeschooling. This is a good thing. Choice is nice. But it is important to have basic standards. And perhaps there needs to be more accurate ways to accomplish this with homeschooling. And with public education as well. After all, my husband got a much better education in New York than I got in Idaho. Some basic national American education standards might have helped that. I'm not less intelligent than my husband, and I made up for Idaho's sad lack by my own desire to learn, but I would have had a lot more opportunities in Josh's podunk New York town than I had in one of Idaho's largest cities.
Tags: homeschooling children, American education, education in America, national education standards