1. Andrew James

    As you know, I was homeschooled from grade 3 through graduation. Throughout my homeschool education, I was exposed to greater knowledge and information than most of my public school educated peers: For instance, reading college level psychology textbooks. I was also reading books such as Moby Dick, Romeo And Juliet, War And Peace and many others by nine years old. Though math was certainly not a strong subject for me, writing became a great love, and due to my fascination with words, the dictionary and the thesaurus, my vocabulary went off the charts.

    This came into play later on in my life as I proceeded to enter the world of secondary education. Within the first few weeks of the mandatory Intro To Psych; and after our first written assignment; my professor approached me privately, convinced that I had, in her words, “at least a Masters in psychology.” When I assured her that I did not, she was astounded. This trend continued in every other course I had, including Law, Writing, and Technology. Because of what I had learned during my time in homeschool, and the voracious appetite for learning developed there, I continually tested higher than my classmates.

    My intention in relating this is not to brag; rather, I hope to point out that when done right, homeschooling can advance a child far and above their peers. With this being said, I have many friends who have had their schooling in both public and private sectors- And many of them grew and blossomed into extremely intelligent and highly functioning members of society.

    Thus, my point in this comment is as you said: That school choice is just that- A Choice. No government should mandate specific schooling options, and conversely no parent should utilize a single option to the exclusion of all others without properly researching every choice available. Some public school districts have a truly poor standard, and in these districts private, charter or homeschooling options may be a better fit; in other areas, the opposite may be true.

    I think the rule of thumb for education is simple: Find the best educational offering in one’s area, and do what one can to provide it to one’s offspring.

  2. I totally see where you’re coming from. As a public school teacher, though, I support what public schools can do for kids. Homeschooling is a wonderful option for willing and able parents. I just want to make sure that our public schools continue to garner the support they should for kids whose parents can’t afford choice.

  3. Maribeth Alexander

    I am a retired public school music teacher, having taught for 24 years. But, my husband’s grandchildren were both homeschooled. I saw that his grandchildren greatly exceeded the students in the public school setting in their test scores and overall knowledge. I was shocked at the level of some of the subjects they studied. They both went on to college and graduated with high honors. Would that have happened if they received their education in a public school? I don’t know. I do believe there are a lot of advantages to school choice, and also to public and homeschool education. The public schools can offer the specialists for students who have learning disabilities. I don’t know how that is addressed in a homeschool setting. But is public school even better for those children? I don’t know. Ultimately, the parents have to make the decision as to which is best for their child/ children. I am glad that school choice is an option for parents in this decision.

  4. Kandas

    Yes, education should be a choice but for most Americans that choice is public school. Every child in America deserves the same opportunities and we as a society need to ensure that our public schools are offering the absolute best education in the world.

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