Homeschooling in the United States captures an interesting debate. The core of the debate is that on one hand some parents believe they should have the freedom to instruct their children as they see fit, while some fear that these parents may neglect teaching their children information needed to survive in the modern world. Should parents be allowed to home school a child if they are teaching them that the world is flat and only 6000 years old? Should schools force students to learn information that parents deem inappropriate?
Most states allow homeschooling, but provide oversight and try to make sure parents meet certain standards. Virginia is a bit different. This article captures a fascinating story as it relates to the homeschooling debate:
I read stuff that is not related to tech education, I promise! For example, here is an interesting opinion article about neoliberal ideals and how they are ineffective in stifling the obesity epidemic in the United States. A good article that provides (pardon the terrible pun) food for thought.
Here is a pull-quote from the article:
“It is a depressing day, however, when the best we can come up with as a solution to the crippling obesity epidemic in the US is to hand over the car keys to McDonald’s and hope that their interests in short-term profits will happen to coincide with healthier food choices. As a historian, I’m not in the habit of engaging in counterfactuals, but if we had taken this tack with the tobacco companies, my guess is that we’d all still be inhaling second-hand smoke at every bar, restaurant and airplane in the country while hearing how much safer “light” cigarettes are.”
I just read an article published in The Economist last month called “Catching on at last.” It is a bit more optimistic than I am, but I do find it balanced and fair. I certainly agree with this quote from it:
“Research also suggests that the way the technology is used in the classroom is at least as important as having it there.”
Here you go, enjoy: Catching on at last
See the info graphic below. It was published today in Ed Week, and the story is here.
I am particularly interested in the technology portion of this. Admins may think it helps teaching and learning, but does it?
Here is my new article on the AJE:
Studies on charter schools have typically shown learning losses, but a blog post from the last few weeks does an interesting job in showing a nuanced picture of the issue. Context matters! I am not a huge fan of charters, but I am a fan of making sure we get kids into programs that work. If certain schools work better in certain contexts, than I would (obviously) consider using them in those contexts. This continues to tell me a point I have learned about education reform: one size will not fit all!
Here is the post: http://www.quickanded.com/2013/06/below-the-toplines-in-the-credo-study.html