by Jay Johansen | Sep 3, 1995
But critics of homeschooling point out some drawbacks that should be considered. In this article I attempt to summarize these.
As more and more parents withdraw their children from public school to put them into private- or home- schools, state funding of public education falls and support for school levies dwindles. Homeschoolers continue to insist that this is irrelevant because their children are, in fact, getting an education. But this misses the point. Every homeschooled child means that much less need for bureaucrats and administrators in the public schools, which means that some of these highly-paid, important people might eventually lose their jobs. Do homeschoolers think that public school personnel should be happy just because children are being well-educated? They seem to think that the purpose of public schools is to educate children! Of course the important thing is to provide jobs for professional educators and thus keep them off the welfare rolls.
Homeschooling parents might indoctrinate children in their social, religious, or political beliefs. This is clearly a serious threat, because most American parents are generally politically conservative, and either Christians or sympathetic to Christianity. In the public schools, on the other hand, children will only be indoctrinated in politically correct idealogies, humanist liberalism.
© 1995 by Jay Johansen