A Paradox

From St. Louis Today – a homeschooler and Missouri State Representative's wife has some logical thoughts: 

A school district losing accreditation means it consistently failed to meet minimum standards for test scores and attendance. In essence, most of the kids attending these schools are, for one reason or another, failing to learn. What are the consequences if a school district becomes unaccredited? In effect, none. Students still receive diplomas, colleges still accept graduates, and scholarship eligibility is not affected.

Contrast this with a resolution recently adopted by the National Education Association discussing another educational option: "The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress … Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used."

Public schools operate at taxpayers' expense with certified teachers and state-approved curriculum. Many are failing with virtually no consequences when the kids required by law to attend them do not pass tests for minimum standards. The NEA claims students taught at home, at no cost to the taxpayer, should be required to use the same state-mandated curriculum and pass the same tests or they and their parents will face consequences?

Seems like public schools should worry about their business and not worry about private schools.  

The field of logic.  It's under-rated.


Comments

A Paradox — 1 Comment

  1. LOL – When did logic ever enter in to government mandates.  There are plenty of well-intentioned people involved in the public school, but many see homeschoolers as a threat.
    The paradox is that homeschoolers actually SAVE public tax dollars, but by not attending their local public school, they COST the school lost income as a student that can't be counted and therefore decreases the government money coming in to that school.
    The result is several public school proponents on the local level see homeschooling as a threat to their ever shrinking budgets.  The idea that I pay $4000/yr in property taxes and am taking nothing out for my child's education doesn't seem to compute.

    Math, in addition to logic is an underrated subject.  🙂
    (Just like increasing taxes on business owners somehow has no relation to the increased lay-offs and few jobs that result . . . tricky math)

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