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Dec 10, 2013 Educating Mama commented on The Homeschool Apostates.
*they're doing a worse job* -- and sorry for the double post. I'm new here and had to register part way through.
Dec 10, 2013 Educating Mama commented on The Homeschool Apostates.
Dennis, you've done an admirable job here and you've kept your cool in the face of all of these ad hominem attacks. Here's a report from someone other than a homeschool association, that supports what you have been saying: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-…

Importantly, "the degree of government regulation has no significant effect on the academic performance of home schooled children." I know the focus in these comments has been on regulating 'other' things besides academic performance. I find the notion that a doctor signing something saying parents are providing adequate nutrition and medical care being good oversight somewhat laughable. My kids see a doctor *maybe* once a year. Unless they were a rack of bones, or in late stages of untreated cancer, how is a doctor going to assess all of that in meaningful way in a 15 minute visit?

And yes, full disclosure: I homeschool my kids. My grade 7 student wrote the SAT last year and scored 1740 -- enough to get him into most colleges. I don't necessarily agree with every other homeschooler's methodology or ideology, but I do respect their right to homeschool their children. As Dennis said, there's no evidence their doing a worse job than the schools; indeed, my link above is evidence to the contrary. And, if you think that public school kids aren't being indoctrinated, bullied, peer-oriented, or poorly educated, think again.
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Dec 10, 2013 Educating Mama commented on The Homeschool Apostates.
Dennis, you've done an admirable job here and you've kept your cool in the face of all of these ad hominem attacks. Here's a report from someone other than a homeschool association, that supports what you have been saying: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-…

Importantly, "the degree of government regulation has no significant effect on the academic performance of home schooled children." I know the focus in these comments has been on regulating 'other' things besides academic performance. I find the notion that a doctor signing something saying parents are providing adequate nutrition and medical care being good oversight somewhat laughable. My kids see a doctor *maybe* once a year. Unless they were a rack of bones, or in late stages of untreated cancer, how is a doctor going to assess all of that in meaningful way in a 15 minute visit?

And yes, full disclosure: I homeschool my kids. My grade 7 student wrote the SAT last year and scored 1740 -- enough to get him into most colleges.
 

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