Wednesday, August 24, 2005

New Article from the New York Times

It's the season where the traditional schools start back to the classroom and that brings new articles on homeschooling. Today, I found this: "More School Bells Ring at Home."

This is a quote from the article:
But some professional educators have major reservations about putting that degree of control in parents' hands. Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of the New York State United Teachers union, said in home schooling he sees "a lot of well-intentioned but misguided parents who think this is a better way to educate their children."
"If they were presenting something that met the needs of students both socially and academically, it would be worth looking at, but that's not the case," Mr. Iannuzzi said.

Hmm... So Mr Iannuzzi really believes that the New York public schools are meeting the needs of their student both socially and academically and homeschoolers are not. If I had more time, I could look up the New York State schools academic report cards. I bet that would be enlightening. I wonder where he found the research that pointed out that homeschoolers aren't cutting it or, could it be anecdotal?

The article goes on to give homeschool parents a chance to rebut. It's a nice article, worth taking time out to read.

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