The post touching on a Harvard professor’s criticism of homeschooling (also discussed here) sparked a lot of debate here as it has elsewhere.
Here is JimHodgson’s Comment of the Day on Item #2 in the post, “Afternoon Ethics Alarms, 4/19/2020: Facebook, Harvard, Broadway And You Know, Morons…”
The resistance to and denigration of homeschooling by academia is a source of constant irritation to me. It is another case of “our minds are made up, don’t confuse us with the facts. It’s like they just can’t stand a parent who declines letting the dysfunctional village raise their children.
The current societal shut-down due to the Chinese flu has made homeschoolers of many parents who are enjoying the experience. (This is based on conversations with my extended family and fellow church members, your mileage may vary.) My niece’s two girls, ages 6 and 9, exiled from their regular school, have easily kept up their school work, completed several art and STEM projects, and learned how to plant a vegetable garden. They are outside every day, weather permitting. My daughter’s homeschooling process continues without a hitch with her boys. The article’s undercurrent of opposition to parents actually raising their own children is ominous.
The hubris of many academics is maddening. A few decades ago, one of my professors told me the following story. I don’t know if it was original to him, but I never heard it anywhere else:
It seems that long ago a society located in an arctic region decided to start a school. In accord with the needs of the society, they taught igloo building and ice fishing. The school’s reputation grew, so that people from far and near sent their children to the school. The school mastered the teaching of these skills and became the undisputed leader in the teaching of these subjects. But slowly and surely, the climate of the region began to change. The snow pack melted and the rivers thawed. They area was now tropical. Still the school taught igloo building and ice fishing. One day a group of parents and students called for a meeting with the school’s administration.
They asked, “Why do you continue to teach igloo building and ice fishing when we need to learn grass hut building and spear fishing?”
The school administrators looked aghast! “What, do you want us to become a, a, vocational school?
Different idea, but same attitude.