Two views of homeschooling
by Carolyn Moynihan | May 09, 2018
Homeschooling continues to grow in many countries, boosted, according to a US national survey cited by Mary Cooney in her article today, by three main things: bullying and other social problems in schools, parents' desire to provide religious or moral instruction, and a dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools.
Teacher unions and governments beholden to them do not like the trend, and in some countries or regions (Sweden and Germany spring to mind) it is illegal. In others it is heavily regulated. Of course, authorities have to ensure that children are being educated at least to the academic standard of public schools, and that they are not being deprived or abused.
Mei Ling, a Singapore educated Australian resident, raises other concerns based on her experience of mixing with homeschooled peers. These are largely answered in the bigger picture provided by Mrs Cooney, mother of six children and an experienced homeschooler.
It is an important topic, more so as social changes such as same-sex marriage and gender ideology impinge on the classroom.