Marc Cooper states
A Queens College study (I do wish he had provide more information on the study as a Google Search found nothing other then Mr. Cooper's letter) showed that home-school families spend about $2,500 a year for books, equipment, computers, and software. However, the home-school mother doesn't work. If she worked, she would earn an average of $38,000 a year plus benefits. Moreover, when home-school mothers have more than three children, they usually enroll their kids in public schools, probably because they lack classroom management training.
Wow, I wonder where the 'study' got it's information from. We have never spent $2,500 a year on homeschooling material. I am not counting the computers because we had them pre-homeschooling and we would have them even if we didn't homeschool.
Nice to know in Mr. Cooper's reality I would be making $38,000 a year plus benefits, if I hadn't chosen to stay home to homeschool my kids.
At last someone who doesn't believe the stereotype that 'homeschoolers' have numerous children. Although I do know homeschoolers who have successfully homeschooled large families. Mr Cooper goes on to say
The reality is that a certified teacher can handle 30 students in a classroom and bring most of them up to grade-level expectations. Home schooling may be a reasonable alternative to public schooling for some families, but Sowell is wrong -- there are no studies that show home schooling is better than public education and no evidence that ordinary parents are better educators than certified teachers. In fact, there is a mounting and convincing body of evidence that shows certified teachers produce higher achievement scores than uncertified teachers even when those uncertified teachers have college degrees.
Really, too bad he didn't mention where this evidence could be found other then in his fertile imagination. On the other hand this study shows the opposite.
Uncertified Teachers Performing Well, Study Finds -The authors of the Hoover study are Jonah E. Rockoff, Thomas Kane of Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Douglas Staiger, a professor of economics at Dartmouth.