Monday, July 31, 2006

Maybe this is the reason public school teachers in Florida don't like homeschooling

Over the last couple weeks my wife has tried to address some hostile claims about homeschooling: part 1, part2, part3. These posts was in response an attack on homeschooling by a public school teacher in Florida.

Today after reading Parents Are Taking Education Back Home (Hat tip: I wonder if part of the hostility is that homeschooling is growing so quickly in Florida. The article claims that over the last five years the number of children being homeschooled has grown almost 30%. Public school teachers may recognize that their job security is threaten.

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derek said...

Did anyone read some of the comments on that article?

"A frustrated psychotic housewife with a degree in Arts and Science is NOT qualified to teach children."

"More socially inept, poorly educated, indoctrinated incompetants, yes, just what Florida, and particular Lakeland needs."

If this is how these people view homeschooling then I'm genuinely sad for them. They really don't understand what they're criticizing. I understand disagreeing with homeschool, but how does someone get so angry and vitriolic about it?

Linda said...

another factor that causes panic in the hearts of public school teachers and administration is the shrinking numbers of children. Due to rising housing costs, there are fewer children entering the public school system. That means one to two children per family. Homeschooling families tend to have larger families than the average public school or private school attendees.

Henry Cate said...

I hadn't read the comments. I agree, it is sad. It seems like people who are so vehementt about the evils of homeschooling focus on one or two rare homeschooled children who are below average, but turn a blind eye to the public school system.

Linda, you made a great post. It does seem like lots of families who homeschool have large families. Maybe those with one or two children feel they can afford public school.