Home schooling works
While agreeing it is generally not our place to dictate educational standards to other countries, the reasons for choosing to home school are not as clear as the “Home schooling falls short” writer states in her letter (March 24). Furthermore, the facts do not support her assertion that home-schooled children are “isolated” and “outcast,” or her belief that a lack of training makes parents less qualified to educate their child than “those who know how to do it.”
We started home schooling because we believe that a “classroom” of two-to-six students is better than one of 20-to-30 students. Since then, our children — now ages 9 through 17 — have consistently scored in the highest percentiles of standardized testing while balancing sports, music lessons, jobs and Scouting.
Their friendships are normal; I doubt the writer could identify children in our neighborhood based on how they are educated. Moreover, researchers have proven that most home-schooled children are neither “isolated” nor lacking social skills.
Some home-school families may not succeed; there are always exceptions. However, that home-schooled children excel at prominent universities, in academic competitions and, ultimately, in life is evidence that home schooling is a “serious and proper way” to receive an education.
A wide variety of curricula make it possible for most parents who can read and write, who possess a passion for their child’s education, and who are willing to invest a great deal of time and energy to tailor a program to meet their child’s needs.
Home schooling is not for everyone. Our decision was a private one, protected by our Constitution and based on facts and what was best for our family. While it is unfortunate others are legally denied this choice, it is more unfortunate that some lack the facts to speak responsibly about home schooling.
Debbie MacGregorManhattan, Kan.