Regarding the Wednesday letter, “Sending children to school good idea”:
Actually, home-schooled children do go to school. They go to school at home. I just don’t want my children going to public school. My wife and I plan to home school our kids for many reasons. We are disappointed with the quality of public school education but do not anticipate being able to afford sending all of them to private school. I believe that we will provide a better education ourselves.
I do not want my children taught by teachers who cannot be fired for inferior performance. I want to make sure that my kids get instruction tailored to their learning needs. I will not sell them short to move the class along. I do not want them to be exposed to teachers who stress their sexual teachings, biases, prejudices and values on my children. Bluntly speaking, the traditional values my wife and I will teach our kids are superior to those held by so many liberal educators in the public school system today. And we will not have our values be a mere footnote in my children’s education.
The recent child abuse stories of home-schooled children are tragic. However, they cannot be used to rationalize being suspicious of homeschooling in general. To do so would ignore the child abuse that has occurred in the public and private schools here in Washington and other states.