Liberals Lie About Homeschooling?
As part of their socialization criticism, public school officials like to portray homeschooled children as poor little wretches isolated against their will by overbearing, anti-social parents. Predictably, just the opposite is true. “Research has shown the positive effects of homeschooling through the years. While some critics say teaching at home may stunt their social growth, Dr. Brian D. Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, reveals homeschooled students fare well or better than public and private school students in terms of social, emotional and psychological development. Additionally, homeschoolers earn higher marks than peers who attend public schools. In Academic Leadership, an online journal, Dr. Ray and Bruce K. Eagleson…cite findings from at least three nationwide studies across the United States and two nationwide studies in Canada. ‘The home educated in grades K-12 have scored, on average, at the 65th to 80th percentile on standardized academic achievement tests in the United States and Canada, compared to the public school average of the 50th percentile.’”
As to the claim that homeschooling is just another form of white elitism, the left—as it often does—ignores the facts. But calling homeschooling another form of white elitism amounts to more than just ignoring the facts, it is an example of the soft bigotry of the left because it assumes that skin color controls the thoughts of people. White parents are divided about sending their children to public school versus private school versus homeschooling. Why, then, should liberals assume that black parents are not divided in the same way?
In fact, the fastest growing component of the homeschooling movement in America is comprised of African-American parents who cite the same reasons for choosing this option as their Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, and multi-ethnic counterparts.