In Part 2 we want to explore whether parents are really thinking about leaving the public school system and if so what are their choices? In an article we published on April 21st, 2020, we explored various tools and websites that are available to help: https://swweducation.org?p=6453
Today we expand on the list and explore what parents are reported to be thinking…
In a story published at WND.com on may 22, 2020: https://www.wnd.com/2020/05/homeschooling-vast-unplanned-experiment/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=wnd-newsletter&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=newsletter they said:
Not everyone is viewing school closures as a disaster. For decades, schools have become de facto one-stop babysitters, day cares, nannies, restaurants and indoctrination centers. Stepping back from this monopoly may prove to be a silver lining to the dark cloud of hardship so many people face. Some are viewing school closures as an opportunity, not an insurmountable obstacle.
Having children take a break from government-controlled “education” means they’re removed from influences parents may vaguely know about, but haven’t fully considered. This can include a dumbed-down, one-size-fits-all curriculum; bullying; classroom distractions; indoctrination in such issues as climate change, transgenderism and sex ed; bathroom and locker room etiquette with children of the opposite gender; and even regular time-wasting classroom necessities such as roll call and discipline.
A RealClear Opinion Research poll found that 40 percent of families are more likely to choose to homeschool their children or engage in virtual learning once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, as many families are seeing “the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible.”
But is homeschooling something that should be used broadly? Should parents have choice about how and where their children are educated? There is a law professor by the name of Elizabeth Bartholet who has taken the stance that homeschooling is bad. In an article in the Arizona Law Review in 2020 (https://arizonalawreview.org/homeschooling-parent-rights-absolutism-vs-child-rights-to-education-protection/) here’s the EXACT statement from the intro:
“This Article describes the rapidly growing homeschooling phenomenon and the threat it poses to children and society. Homeschooling activists have in recent decades largely succeeded in their deregulation campaign, overwhelming legislators with aggressive advocacy. As a result, parents can now keep their children at home in the name of homeschooling free from any real scrutiny as to whether or how they are educating their children. Many homeschool because they want to isolate their children from ideas and values central to our democracy, determined to keep their children from exposure to views that might enable autonomous choice about their future lives. Many promote racial segregation and female subservience. Many question science. Abusive parents can keep their children at home free from the risk that teachers will report them to child protection services. Some homeschool precisely for this reason. This Article calls for a radical transformation in the homeschooling regime and a related rethinking of child rights. It recommends a presumptive ban on homeschooling, with the burden on parents to demonstrate justification for permission to homeschool.”
Here are several other articles she has written:
Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism vs. Child Rights to Education & Protection https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3391331
Here’s her Bio at Harvard Law School: https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10048/Bartholet
In an article at American Conservative they dissect her stance: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/harvard-imperalist-elite-crusade-against-homeschooling/
Are their polls that explore parental interest in home schooling and if so what do they say?
SHOCK POLL: Most Parents Likely to Homeschool in the Fall, Many Teachers Won’t Return https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/jeff-reynolds/2020/05/26/shock-poll-most-parents-likely-to-homeschool-in-the-fall-many-teachers-wont-return-n431202?fbclid=IwAR1BWtF5UElsIjUho-Rx0VCQ1OCm8bsQJxS0ms1PCebOupsUyGqgT1rTdmg What’s their takeaway? six in ten parents said they were likely to homeschool next academic year, with three in ten saying they are very likely. In a separate survey, one in five teachers may not return to schools when they open again in the fall. Two-thirds of teachers asked said that changes brought by the lockdown orders, in response to the CCP coronavirus pandemic, have made it impossible to do their jobs.
Back to school? 1 in 5 teachers are unlikely to return to reopened classrooms this fall, poll says – https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/05/26/coronavirus-schools-teachers-poll-ipsos-parents-fall-online/5254729002/
Teachers’ Union Nightmare Poll: Parents ‘More Likely’ to Keep Up Homeschooling After Lockdown – https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2020/05/19/teachers-union-nightmare-poll-parents-more-likely-to-keep-up-homeschooling-after-lockdown-n404525
Is it time for Vouchers in Washington State? Here are links to some articles we’ve shared regarding adding “choice” and “vouchers”:
Private school? Homeschool? Online learning? What’s your thought?