Didn’t take long to decide this was the best thing I read today. And I’m not even done with my first cup of coffee.
We home school our kids, and my wife does a fantastic job. Before we started, we sometimes talked about “skipping grades”, i.e., placing a more mentally advanced student beyond the grade level for his age, and how we didn’t like the idea, because precocious children are usually no more advanced than their age-peers in social maturity. So we didn’t want to do it, even though we knew that our son, who started reading by the time he was three and had read literally dozens of Classic Starts, and The Hobbit half a dozen times, by the time he was six, would be able to “skip” a grade at some point.
But with homeschooling, we realized, we don’t have to make that decision. This year he’ll be at a 3rd grade math level, 8th grade reading level, and whatever-grade-whatever-level is appropriate for him at this point in his life. Because when your educational institution consists of two administrators who are also teachers, and all administrators also teach, it’s not so hard to make sure you’re not wasting money on bums who are just drifting through life doing a job.
But hey, what do we know? We’re just a couple of young parents trying to figure things out as we go. But we are both products of the US public school system, so we do know firsthand what a colossal waste of money it is at best, and, at worst, what a pernicious cancer on our society it is.
[UPDATE: I should add that my wife would not be nearly so harsh on her school as I seem to be in the paragraph immediately preceding, although we are agreed in the main point of the post, namely that separating the office of the administrator and the office of the teacher is a recipe for disaster.]
Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for caring about the education of your children, and respecting the freedom of others to educate theirs.