A Few Similarities

This description below looks like an American family's homeschool story:

This House Believes in Homeschooling

 "My daughter didn't have many chances to participate in a large class," said Yao, adding that he noticed she had particular needs that weren't being addressed. Compared to her classmates, she excelled at math but required more time on handwriting.

Two years later, Yao says several of his friends also began to homeschool their children after seeing improvements in his daughter. Like many homeschool parents, Yao developed a curriculum based on popular school textbooks and online education materials. Working as a team with his wife, Yao says the method of study is guided primarily by his daughter's own interest in subjects.

Except this family lives in Jiangsu Province's Yangzhou City far across the world from us.

Homeschooling in China

The article's depiction of growth of homeschooling in China is fascinating.  The bureaucrats' response in the US and China makes for depressing comparisons.  

Renming University of China Education Institute Director Qin Huiming said parents are entitled to choose have their children educated at home or at school, but ultimately the government should create education standards for national curriculum.

"Homeschooled children often have difficulties in social development," said Zhongshan University Professor Gu Nanyong, adding that competition in the classroom is key to the development of social skills.

Xiong Bingqi, the vice president of the 21st Century Education Research Academy pointed out that as the personalized education becomes a growing trend, it will be necessary for the government to bring regulatory oversight on the issue of homeschooling.

Why should personalized education bring on regulatory oversight?  Big government is a factor in countries like China and I'm pleasantly surprised to see homeschooling growing there.  It's a bit troubling the United States – founded on limited government – has some of the same views pouring out of our educational 'leaders'.  Actually, I wonder if some of these Chinese anti-homeschooling professors got their talking points from the US education industry leaders.  Homeschoolers here have been hearing this silliness about socialization and continuation of education in the universities for decades.  


A Few Similarities — 3 Comments

  1. It always makes me wonder why the people in charge seem so afraid that we want to homeschool our children, and why they use the excuse that they are worried about their social education (socialization).  Maybe it is individuality that they fear…or the ability to adapt…or…the excellence in education we offer our homeschooled children.
    Homeschooling one child online with a little help from the online writing tutor

  2. Hi Linda,

    I wonder if you don't have it right about fearing individuality.  Which is sad, since standardization of people doesn't seem like a good way to go.

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