A Harvard law professor wants to ban homeschooling because she maintains it gives parents authoritarian control over their children (“Harvard professor wants to ban homeschooling because it’s ‘authoritarian,’ “ New York Post, Apr. 23). She cites the possibility that parents can expose their children to such things as white supremacy and misogyny.
Of course that could happen. But with schools closed because of Covid-19, parents are already doing homeschooling. I see no evidence that they are abusing their position. Some four percent of children were educated at home before the coronavirus because parents were disaffected with public and private schools. I expect to see more parents opting for homeschooling as the lockdown continues.
There was a time when most parents who homeschooled their children were religious ideologues, but that is changing. Some want to avoid the bullying and violence that exist. Others are dissatisfied with the overall curriculum.
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