My wife is home-schooling our children, and I do my share when I can, so I’ll just say it: The “Lets Restrict Home-Schooling” appeal at The Huffington Post on Monday is among the lamest I have ever read.
Methinks the author, Russell Shaw, needs a little educating himself. He can start by reading this Newsweek interview with the head of the National Home Educator’s Network.
His anti-religious tirade is even more profoundly silly because of its timing. Just this week, home-schooled 14-year-old Caitlin Snaring won the National Geographic Bee. She didn’t miss a single question in two days of competition. I suspect that her family would fall into the category of those Shaw wants to restrict from home-schooling because they are religious. I know because we worship with one of Snaring’s relatives.
Shaw also presumably would have forced other friends of ours at the same congregation to put their daughter in public or private school rather than educate her at home, all because she has faith that God created the world. Their daughter graduated high school a couple of years early and began attending George Washington University. She’s now studying abroad in London.
Shaw’s meddling position on home-schooling is amazingly narrow-minded and ill-informed, especially considering that he is well-educated himself.
Filed under: Culture and Home Schooling and Religion