Is your blood pressure too low? This attack on home-schooled “clones” by a Calgary teacher will solve the problem. Dale Wallace argues that home-schooling is inferior to public education because parents pass on their values and beliefs to their children.
If education were as simple as good grades, perhaps valid arguments could be made of the superiority of home schooling children. All that would have to be done is compare the grades of home-schooled children to the ones educated in the public system. However, any perceptive parent knows that there is more to education than grades. Rather, it is the setting up of conditions where a young person can learn and grow and become the person they choose to be and not simply be a clone of their parents.
Education is like a mother bird teaching its young to fly. It is a gift of freedom that allows children to truly define themselves. It allows children to throw back the protective covers of their parents, and have them see and experience the world with the help and encouragement of minds whose primary purpose is not to protect but to explore. The student-teacher relationship in a public school is as intellectually mighty a Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe in the early 1500’s. Now, students and teachers are the explorers of the new world of science, art, and ideas.
Isn’t it home-schooling that’s like a mother bird teaching her young to fly?
In education, forces outside the child — such as parents — would gladly influence the child and mould them. They want them to attain certain standards and uphold certain beliefs. True education must unshackle itself from the manacles of parental influence.
And shackle itself to the manacles of government influence, I assume.
Any system of education that teaches children to read well enough that they enjoy reading will free young minds to explore and grow.