Excerpt from Both parents' and childrens' educational rights need to be protected in homeschooling by Kelly Flynn.
Most parents have their children's best interests at heart. We trust parents to make appropriate choices about their children's health, safety, diet, and discipline. Why wouldn't we trust them to make appropriate educational choices, too?
In this case, my belief in the rights of parents is stronger than my belief in the beauty of the public school system. And I have never believed that there is only one way to do anything.
While she may not understand and see the beauty of homeschooling she at least respects our right to homeschool our children. I do wish she and others didn't see it as an odd educational choice though.
homeschooling is, to me, an odd educational choice. I don't understand why a parent would choose to separate a child from the rich and varied world that a public school offers, or shelter them from the very society that they will ultimately have to live and work in.
But even though homeschooling would not be my first choice, I do believe, emphatically, that parents should have that choice.
Ironically I believe that homeschooling provides a richer and more varied world then public schools offer, and most homeschoolers are out in the society that they will ultimately have to live and work in, while public school students are enslaved in a artificial environment where people are separated by their age. Thankfully my choice to homeschool is respected by most, even if it is considered an odd educational choice by some.