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The Best Learning Environment

July 31st, 2006 Visited 1624 times, 1 so far today

Where would you suppose is the best environment for a child to learn?

To some, it’s the public school– they can afford to have the best equipment, they have accredited teachers, and they push a lot of children through that seem to turn out all right.

Then there’s those that would say it’s the private/religious school– just look at their test scores, the fact that they can walk in neat lines, are well dressed, and get accepted to big name universities.

Beginning in my generation, there’s the option of homeschooling– there’s a variety of curriculum, you can do it via Internet or Satellite, field trips can be lots of fun, and they usually win those crazy geography/spelling bees.

No where on this list do you find “the forest,” and yet that is just where police found this man and his 12-year-old daughter. Mindclearer brings us the relevant snippets. Now granted, not every parent is going to be able to do for their child what this man did, but when the police found this girl she was well spoken beyond her years, clean, healthy, free of any signs of physical or sexual abuse, and had no cavities. When tested, the girl was found to have the equivalent of a 12th grade education, though she would be in the 7th grade.

The original article said they had to move to a trailer, though it doesn’t mention what schooling the girl is in now. One wonders how a person with a higher education level would fit in– perhaps the “experts” would say that she is not socialized enough since she couldn’t talk down to the kids her age’s level. They did say that the state is looking into getting her a college scholarship.

I was thinking along these lines just yesterday– not the go-into-the-woods and build-a-lean-to approach, but the concept of how the next generation’s leaders may be homeschooled children because of their education and that they think outside the box. There are a lot of cookie-cutter children out there, and with the advent of homeschooling, that isn’t something that has to be. Virtuous Blonde thought that if it got to be that way the state would just regulate it to death, but I think– by the rate that it’s growing– it would be hard to do!

There is coming a time where more and more parents are going to be wondering why Johnny and Susie aren’t as smart as their homeschooled next door neighbors, and they are going to really start complaining about the public school system. When that happens, watch out.

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  • Mary says on: July 31, 2006 at 5:53 pm

     

    Virtuous Blonde is correct in a way. They are starting to regulate it by making the K12 program and others like it so attractive. Get a free computer, free textbooks, (blah blah blah) and in return we’ll monitor you and you have to do it our way!
    HSLDA (homeschool legal defense assoc)warns families against going this route…or any virtual school route directly connected with your local public school. The more parents that do this, the more the govt gets involved and will eventually make it the only way to legally homeschool.
    I’m blessed to be in a state that has little to no state interference, but many of my homeschool friends are switching over to the government’s virtual schools.
    My favorite part of homeschooling is the freedom to pursue a Christian based education…which, of course, would be extra curricular if you go the govt route.

  • MInTheGap says on: August 1, 2006 at 9:53 am

     

    That is very interesting, Mary. It’s very under the radar, and a way that the government can get a hold of a popular idea and control it.

    Certainly a parent could still ultimately control the teaching, but it would be like there was a war going on with education.

    We do not live in such a home-school friendly state, so it will be interesting when we start.

  • Chris Naron says on: August 2, 2006 at 5:03 pm

     

    I’m trying to decide between the California Virtual Academy and our local Calvary Chapel academy. Being a public school teacher, I would be comfortable in either set up. My question to Mary is why would Christian ciriculum be extra? Are you not teaching the same subjects in your church based program? It seems to me that faith based lessons could be used no matter what the program. In fact, I’d like to see them try to stop me from teaching what I want in my own house.

    From what I understand, the assigned teacher doesn’t necessarily even come to your home. They meet you at a neutral location, for the lack of a better term.

    Anyway, I’m open to any suggestions to help us make the decision.

  • Mary says on: August 3, 2006 at 10:28 pm

     

    Great questions. I’ll answer them in a post tomorrow if it fits in with MInTheGap’s line-up!

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