melissel Posted February 22, 2012 Share Posted February 22, 2012 (edited) http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/02/why-homeschooling-is-a-boon-to-a-liberal-society/253321/ Before addressing the core failures of this argument, its useful to run through some of its smaller inadequacies: * The fact that a child is home-schooled doesn't mean he or she is being told to trust only his or her parent. * Families that homeschool or send their kids to private school pay into the public school system just like every other local taxpayer, but their kids aren't a burden on its resources. Were everyone to attend public schools instead, would the "peer effect," if it exists, be significant enough to outweigh the extra cost of educating all the homeschoolers and private school kids? * Are the test scores of low-income students really a reliable measure of how much they're thriving? * Amy Stuart Wells was writing about the Class of 1980. Since cultural attitudes about diversity have radically changed in the intervening years, isn't it possible that the effect of attending a diverse high school is less pronounced? * If all we know about integrated high schools is that their graduates are more committed to diversity and better able to bridge cultural differences - good things, to be sure - can we really conclude that these graduates are "better grown-ups" than graduates of less diverse high schools? Hypothetically, what if a less diverse private school produced graduates who were more academically prepared, more committed to gender equality, and more adept at problem solving that brought about social improvements? What if a homeschool collective meanwhile produced graduates who were more inclined to forgive their enemies, more likely to give to charity, and more likely to volunteer abroad? Judging what schools produce "better grownups" is thorny. Doing so by citing three diversity metrics in a vacuum is absurd. AWESOME! Edited February 22, 2012 by melissel Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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