With 2.2 million children now being home-schooled, compared with 850,000 in 1999, it’s time to ask why (“Parents are giving up on public schools to home-school their kids,” New York Post, Oct. 12). Contrary to widespread belief, religious fundamentalism is not the reason.
Most parents say they want to avoid the lockstep education provided by public schools, citing the role that standardized tests play in shaping what is taught. But no matter how motivated and committed parents are, they can’t provide the socialization that traditional schools do. That doesn’t mean home-schooling is inferior. Some parents are better suited than others. In the final analysis, therefore, the success of home-schooling rests on the individual qualifications of parents.
The parents I’ve known who have home-schooled their children say they underestimated the time and effort involved to provide a complete education. Unfortunately, too many parents don’t realize this until it is too late.
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