Thursday, August 12, 2010

Home Schooling

Shockingly diverse kindergarten group in ParisImage via Wikipedia
By Dr James Dobson

When our children were young, my wife and I were just intent on seeing that they got a good education. But we only had two real options to choose from in those days — public schools or private schools.

Today, there’s a third alternative, and it’s more than a little intriguing to me. The fastest-growing educational movement in the world today is the “Home Schools” phenomenon. More than 1.5 million American parents and multiple millions more in other countries have opted to teach their children at home.

Most do it for just two or three years, but for some, as long as 12. The movement is now old enough to allow for comparisons, but the results, in most cases, have been remarkable. Universities are now enrolling their first big wave of home-schooled children, some of whom are the brightest and most well-adjusted students on campus.

And standardised tests are verifying the efficiency of home-style learning. Some critics have worried about how home-schooled kids will become socialised, but here again, the apprehension appears groundless.

Admittedly, home schooling is not for everyone, but for those who are willing to pay the price, this third option is an idea whose time has come.

From TODAY, Voices - Wednesday, 21-July-2010

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