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and I also think they don't learn important social skills.
Do you think these parents just lock their kids in the house and never let them play outside or have friends?
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
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I have no problem with home schooling, I just think it needs a lot more regulation and independent testing and evaluation.
I am saying that it is easy for parents to pass their prejudices, religious or otherwise, on to children, and if those children have minimal interaction outside the home, then there is little influence to counter what amounts to indoctrination. Obviously I am not talking about values like fairness, decency, and tolerance. These are values supported by society in general, and interaction with other elements of society will only reinforce them. But bigotry, religious intolerance, etc. need to be viewed through the prism of society in general. No one is suggesting the state be given carte blanche to indoctrinate children, just that the sole influence of the home is not always balanced. So interaction with society at large is beneficial to children.
From your source:
"Religious and moral instruction" was just one "important reason" among many, and not even the most cited. That's ignoring the fact that it's religious and moral instruction, so the number for whom religion is an important factor probably is less than 72%.According to a 2001 U.S. Census survey, 33% of homeschooling households cited religion as a factor in their choice. The same study found that 30% felt school had a poor learning environment, 14% objected to what the school teaches, 11% felt their children were not being challenged at school, and 9% cited morality.
According to the U.S. DOE's "Homeschooling in the United States: 2003", 85 percent of homeschooling parents cited "the social environments of other forms of schooling" (including safety, drugs, sexual harassment, bullying and negative peer-pressure) as an important reason why they homeschool. 72 percent cited "to provide religious or moral instruction" as an important reason, and 68 percent cited "dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools." 7 percent cited "Child has physical or mental health problem", 7 percent cited "Child has other special needs", 9 percent cited "Other reasons" (including "child's choice," "allows parents more control of learning" and "flexibility").
As for a primary factor, here's from CC's source:
That's why I said it dropped to 30% when it's listed a the primary factor ("moral" is still there too, so it could theoretically be even less than that). But of course, I guess we can't trust polls of Christians because they're a bunch of liarsParents were asked which of the reasons they homeschooled was the most important reason. Figure 2 and table 4 show the most important reasons students were being homeschooled in 2003, as reported by parents of homeschooled students. Concern about the environment of other schools and to provide religious or moral instruction were the top two most important reasons cited. About a third of students had parents who cited concern about the environment of other schools as their most important reason for homeschooling (31 percent). Approximately another third of homeschooled students had parents who were homeschooling primarily to provide religious or moral instruction (30 percent). Sixteen percent of homeschooled students had parents whose primary reason for homeschooling was dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools, making this the third most common primary reason for homeschooling.
It's kind of weird to hear you say that Christians are flat out lying about their intent when I know several people who are/were homeschooled for non-religious reasons, and absolutely none who were homeschooled for religious reasons. Anecdotal, I know, but I still have no idea why you're so hell-bent on painting homeschooling as an overwhelmingly Christian thing, no matter what the numbers say. How many homeschooled people do you know?It has nothing to do with "primary" factors. Please read. And that number does not drop to anything. One study is by the census the other is by the DoE. One study allows for a single option and once again these options are flawed in the end. If I believe the schooling conditions are poor in schools and I'd do a better job, I don't have to put religion as a factor now do I? It is just another case of Christian smokescreen for true intent.
These parents are not frumpy women sitting around the house in their long dresses and hair pulled into a bun, sans make-up. They are educated and dedicated to the well-being of their children.
Last edited by lizzie; 01-29-10 at 11:57 AM.
So far no proof of any kind has been offered to show why home schooling should be illegal.
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