The World that Works vs. The World that Fails

October 7th, 2010 by Nate

I was reading an article on the HSLDA site in response to an article written by a Pastor Tom Stein.  I encourage you to read both of them for yourself.  I am reminded of a speech given by Newt Gingrich a few years ago about the world that works and the world that fails.

One particular statement from the Stein article that troubled me is “So I ask: is it in the interests of the state, to keep an eye on [homeschooling]? I say yes.”

To this I say NO!  I have read both the U.S. Constitution and the Indiana Constitution.  The U.S. Constitution says nothing about this. Only Article 8 of the Indiana Constitution mentions “by law, for a general and uniform system of Common Schools, wherein tuition shall be without charge, and equally open to all.”  If you read Article 8 it pertains to the availability of Public Schools to all without charge and directs the funds to be used “profitably.”  I am not taking issue with this.  I question whether the average student or taxpayer is profiting much from them.

I take issue that any state has a “right” to make parents answer to the state for the education of their own offspring.  Really?  Homeschoolers on average rate at or above the 85% percentile on standardized testing, exceeding even privately schooled students.  Is there anywhere in life (except government) that those who are failing (public school system) tells those who are succeeding how to succeed?  That would be comparable to a homeless crackhead trying to tell Mark Zuckerburg or Bill Gates on how to make a billion dollars.  Does this even make sense?  I think not.

He tries to point out neglectful parents who homeschool.  Funny, I didn’t see any real examples of that.  It seems easier to me to send kids to school on the yellow cheese wagon as we used to call it.  Could there be parents not educating their kids?  Possibly, but even unschooling demonstrates that children are naturally curious and learn much on their own.

He points out that the public schools are trying to classify students as homeschoolers to fix dropout rates.  So we trust those to regulate homeschoolers that are trying to hide their own failures by artificially padding their graduation numbers and declaring “dropouts” as homeschoolers?

Pastor Stein further writes:

“As with many issues these days, we tend to run to the extremes.  One side might say, “Do not touch my home-schooling!” The other side might say, “Just outlaw it!”"

Pastor Stein, in closing, makes a false attempt at moderation.  He makes a point of wanting “reasonable” regulations.  Others want to outlaw it.  Both ignorantly trample the rights of parents to educate their children without the strong-arm of State telling them how to do it.  This has been the Hoosier way for over thirty years, via law and case precedent: the Department of Education is not neutral and only the courts have the power to determine if a child is not receiving an “equal” education.  I believe this is wise and works.

I say to Mr. Stein, if you want to improve education, you should focus on the public schools that serve 90% of the population and leave the 10% of us private schoolers alone.  Our track record as a group speaks for itself.

4 Responses to The World that Works vs. The World that Fails

  1. Finally something fresh and new that make sense! I would like to see more about this and that is what I’m going to do.

  2. Beth says:

    Thank you! The ignorance of the general population about homeschooling is widespread. The outspoken people tend to be those who have their minds made up without knowing a thing about homeschooling. Until I started homeschooling 3 years ago, I didn’t know anything about it. Homeschooling our children has been one of the best decisions my husband & I ever made. I encourage everyone who asks to learn more about it. I sincerely hope Mr. Stein does some more research after all the comments he received!

  3. Nicolas says:

    Ya he visto algunos hay …


  4. Alasandra says:

    Very well reasoned response.