3.19.2012

Homeschoolers called quitters by school mom

In a recent issue of Daily Homeschooling News, Amy Tjaden, News Editor, calls attention to an opinion piece, Don't Quit the System, by Amy Platon, an Orlando parent who urges homeschool parents to send their well-parented children out into the word, by which she means to school, for the sake of the school children who need the good influence and the schools which need their numbers raised. She goes on to make the following appeal.
I will speak for my son, we (the future society) need you (the home-schoolers) to be checked-in with the rest of us. We need to grow together. We need to learn from each other.
Homeschoolers aren't part of the future society?

Along with such questionably complimentary comments, Ms. Platon makes several common points against homeschooling.

Firstly, Ms. Platon postulates that growing numbers of parents are choosing to homeschool as a protective measure in response to budget cuts in schools, and thus presumably poorer performance by teachers and students. She goes on to give the following classic responses to the decision to homeschool:

  1. "I could never home-school my child." (See The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List, No.17); followed by
  2. "I don't think I'm qualified." (See TBHWL, No.11); and
  3. "Many parents choose home-schooling so they can include the religious component." (See TBHWL, Nos. 8 and 9)
Ms. Platon doesn't feel qualified to pass on the primary education she herself received?

Most injuriously to her argument, Ms. Platon issues the following warning against homeschooling.
If this home-school trend continues, we'll end up with adults who have learned we are each out for ourselves. If a system is not good enough, then leave it. If the education isn't good enough, don't take an active role to improve it — just quit. How can a home-schooled child have compassion for his community when he isn't part of it?
Homeschoolers aren't part of the community? 

(See TBHWL, No. 13) Throughout Ms. Platon's article, she uses words such as "out into the world," "society," and "community" when she means at school. This is perhaps the fatal flaw in her argument. She may see a solution in bringing together "us" and "them" by making us all the same, but that's where she loses those of us who already feel connected to our communities, society, the world. The world is our classroom, as the saying goes.

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