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Thursday, March 13

Welcome to the [Homeschool] California.

Al Mohler brings everyone up to speed on the California homeschool controversy.

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  • //rant on

    As an aside, this article at the NEA Website made me positively angry.

    With all due respect to Mr. Arnold, he needs to just let it go. He completely ignores numerous studies (one here) which show homeschoolers enter college and (at worst) perform on par with their public school peers.

    Also, Mr. Arnold isn't even a classroom teacher himself. I don't mean to disrespect his work as a custodian, but his role does make his statements less credible. On what basis is he qualified to determine the teaching excellence of public school versus the work my wife is doing at home? I can come up with two answers: Bias and propaganda. But, I don't see any credentialed reasoning that would compel me to reconsider what we're doing for our kids.

    For the record, there is no one I'd rather have overseeing my kids' schooling than Eva. Though she is 'trained' as an educator, I can assure you that there are other parents who are likewise gifted and certainly are (to use Mr. Arnold's words) "motivated to do the best job possible."

    //rant off

    By Blogger HeavyDluxe, at 8:11 AM, March 13, 2008  

  • Proud to be part of your rant. And to be teaching your kids. And to be your wife.

    Love the post title, btw.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 AM, March 13, 2008  

  • Good point. Even if this Mr. Arnold was an educator, I wonder, under the USA Constitution, if he has the right to force his views and understandings on others. I have my opinions about many things, but I never say everyone should live by them. What I hopefully do is enlighten others to the extent that it give more options to my readers of the blog postings I write.

    I know that I am not right on everything, who is that way. From the ones that thinks they do know everything, they appear to me to be very miserable person. I do all that I can to enjoy and be happy of my own life. I can only be the one that lives my own life, so I do not have the time to live others life for them.

    If home school is not right for families, then that is how things are for them. Not one thing is for everyone. The parents will have to make the right judgment to see if they can home school their own children. If they can do so and have their children learn all they need to know in our fast growing technical world, then more power to them.

    Brandon Bowers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:57 AM, March 13, 2008  

  • Hi Brandon... Thanks for visiting/posting!

    if home school is not right for families, then that is how things are for them.

    Believe me that I have no intent to vilify people who don't homeschool. We have a lot of friends who have kids in public and private schools. Eva and I have discussed that there are circumstances under which we might even consider sending our kids to public school... So, I'm not being a dogmatic homeschooler here.

    That said...
    I have my opinions about many things, but I never say everyone should live by them... Not one thing is for everyone.

    I agree with that, mostly. I do wish we'd recognize that pluralism has its bounds though. If "enjoy[ing] and be[ing] happy in [your] own life" involved killing someone, you'd probably agree that's a step too far, right?

    My point is that there are objective truths that are outside of ourselves. While we can't go pushing all of them down people's throats, we also shouldn't give in to the ridiculous "What's right for your is always right for you" mentality that is so dominant.

    By Blogger HeavyDluxe, at 12:07 PM, March 13, 2008  

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