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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

There are certain categories of people who should not be homeschooling their children.

For instance.

  • People who don't possess a library card.

  • People who believe that the Chick-Fil-A version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is all their child needs to experience of C.S. Lewis.

  • People who believe that plopping their children in front of Discovery Channel will provide them with a fine science education.

  • People who are too anxious and shy to cope with much group interaction, and so keep their children pretty much isolated.

  • People who put chores before education.

  • People who use their older children as unpaid helpers for the younger ones, to the extent that the older ones don't get the education that they should. Of course all children should help out - that's part of being a family - but I'm complaining about the extreme version of this.

  • People who homeschool so that their children don't come into contact with ungodly theories like evolution.

  • People who homeschool because they don't want their children to encounter any values other than their own.

  • People who believe that whatever their children get at home will be better than anything the schools could ever offer, so it's fine to leave the kids entirely to their own devices.

  • People who adhere to a rigid, boring, worksheet-driven school-at-home philosophy that takes all the joy out of learning for their children.
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