One of the members of my homeschool group shared a link to an article by contributor Chunka Mui that was recently published in Forbes magazine (online edition). The article, entitled To Reform Education, Outsource It to Parents addresses the issue of homeschooling and brings up some very good arguments for why homeschooling works where traditional schooling fails. I felt like it was a good follow-up to my article on how education can be free.
In the article, the author states that, while homeschooling may not be the panacea of the problems with our current educational system, it's certainly an option that should be looked at more closely, and for many children and their families, it could be the panacea.
Mr. Mui and I are coming from different philosophies. I don't think our educational system, as it is today with its massive buildings and overblown infrastructure, is sustainable. Mr. Mui writes about the failure of the system to keep his child engaged.
We're coming from a different place, but our conclusion is the same: homeschooling while not *the* answer, is *an* answer and is a good place to start looking for a better way to educate our children.
As with most things, there won't be a one-size-fits-all solution. Homeschooling may not solve the problems of our nation's standing, compared to other countries, in the areas of math and science. It many not boost up the slipping scores on standardized tests.
But, as Mr. Mui points out, homeschooling doesn't require deficit spending, union busting, social transformations, management revolutions, or paradigm shifts on the part of teachers, administrators, politicians and other entrenched stakeholders.
What it does, though, is provide the opportunity to have a tailor-made educational program for each child.
Mr. Mui ends his article with a quote from Erasmus who is also credited with my favorite quote When I get money, I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothing. :).
Mr. Mui's Erasmus quote states learning should be adapted to the ability of the child and should be taught with sympathy and tenderness.
And what better way to ensure that is happening than to have the parents play a more prominent role in the process.