I am long overdue for a post. Every week this month has been filled with things like blogging about Connecticut school bullying laws for my workplace, having some exciting discussions about the status of homebirth in this state, and planning what I need to do when I go out on leave in May to prepare for Baby #2. So, to stay somewhat current, but take the easy way out for now, until I catch up on some projects, I’m linking to this blog post on homeschooling to ask what all of you think.
Penelope Trunk is a career advice blogger I’ve mentioned before. I enjoy her blog because I think most of the time her advice makes sense, and even when it doesn’t, she is interesting to read because she takes risks with her writing. Somehow, she stumbled upon the idea of homeschooling her kids, and has now transformed into a huge homeschool advocate. I realized today that she has gone so far as to set up a whole separate homeschooling blog on her website, in addition to her career advice blog.
When she started blogging about homeschooling, at first weaving the posts into her career advice material whenever relevant, I got the impression that she was beginning to think that homeschooling was actually superior to sending your kids to school (at least to public school). It looks more and more like she is growing to be anti-public school, rather than just having the attitude that “homeschooling is best for MY family.” You see this anti-establishment sentiment a lot in homeschoolers — but then, that makes sense: why else would they take on the inconvenience of homeschooling if not for the alleged superior education it provides (assuming the reason is not just purely religious, or some similar desire to shield your kids from the so-called evils of the public schools)?
So, in this post, Penelope argues based on a book she read that because high school promotes conformity, and young adults entering the world beyond high school are actually better served by non-conformity while being hurt by learned conformity, that homeschooling is preferable to traditional high school.
I doubt I would ever be able to homeschool, even if I wanted to, because I have a career and have no intention of taking enough time off to devote to educating my kids. Private school is another (and more expensive) matter, however.
What do you think? I’m just glad I don’t have to deal with teenagers yet.