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The Education Blob

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 2:18 PM
It takes real effort to have a child 200 days per year, 7 hours per day, for 12 years, and somehow manage NOT to teach him basic math, reading, and composition. A parent of average intelligence can teach the basic of these skills to an average student, in a home school environment, in six months (to be generous). From that point, all the child needs is some gentle guidance and encouragement, and he/she will have the equivalent of a high school diploma by age 12, and a BA/BS by age 16.
jwilliams Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:14 PM
I'm sure this comes as great news to parents who do not have to work to pay for food, clothes, and shelter. For the rest of us, I suppose school will have to do.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:20 PM
If I can do it, you can do it. Heck, it's easier today than its ever been. In my own case, I worked full time, my wife worked part time, and we found ways to make it work. Our household income is average.

Think again.
jwilliams Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:41 PM
"Our household income is average."

Well there you go:
-You have an average income, putting you by definition above a lot of people.
-You have a wife to help you out, putting above single-parent households.
-You are, I imagine, reasonably supportive parents, making this a more effective arrangment than it would be if you were abusive or otherwise unsupportive.
-You clearly speak English, so the extra interraction at an English-speaking school would be less crucial to your kids than it would be to kids born into a non-native English-speaking household.

I'm not saying homeschooling is bad. I'm sure it works great for you. I just don't think it's a viable solution to our national education problems.
Pamela166 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:51 PM
Give up your Beer, TV and Golf; Spend time teaching your kids instead.
Pamela166 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:52 PM
A liberal troll unable to think thanks to a public school education and neglect by its parents.
jwilliams Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:57 PM
"A liberal troll unable to think thanks to a public school education and neglect by its parents"

If I was neglected by my parents, then, uh, how exactly would homeschooling have made me better off?
Since progressives want government to run health care, let's look at what government management did to K-12 education. While most every other service in life has gotten better and cheaper, American education remains stagnant.

Spending has tripled! Why no improvement? Because K-12 education is a virtual government monopoly -- and monopolies don't improve.

In every other sector of the economy, market competition forces providers to improve constantly. It's why most things get better -- often cheaper, too (except when government interferes, as in health care).

Politicians claim that education and health care are different -- too important to leave to market...