Progressives against homeschooling

How significant is homeschooling? Consider this, from Kevin D. Williamson at National Review Online:

“by the simple act of instructing their children at home, [homeschoolers] pose an intellectual, moral, and political challenge to the government-monopoly schools, which are one of our most fundamental institutions and one of our most dysfunctional.”

The article describes how homeschooling has evolved from its roots in the hippie counterculture to being an important part of conservative and evangelical life.

It also mentions, accidentally, one objection to school choice of all forms. Speaking of one scholar, the author says,

“She went on to argue that the children of high-achieving parents amount to public goods because of peer effects — poor students do better when mixed with better-off peers — meaning that ‘when college-educated parents pull their kids out of public schools, whether for private school or homeschooling, they make it harder for less-advantaged children to thrive.'”

You’ll read words to this effect not only in a conservative publication such as NRO, but in Education Week, the industry publication of K-12 education. To be sure, human are social creatures, and we do respond to those around us. But limiting a child’s educational options in the name of saving the system is morally offensive.


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