Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Shutdown's Silver Lining

John Stossel

The government has closed most schools.
So, more parents are teaching kids at home.
That upsets the government school monopoly.
Education "experts" say parents lack the expertise to teach their kids.
Without state schooling, "learning losses... could well be catastrophic," says The New York Times. Home schooling "will set back a generation of children," according to a Washington Post column. Harvard Magazine's "Risks of Homeschooling" article quotes a professor who calls for a "presumptive ban."
The professional education establishment actually tried to ban it 98 years ago. Then, they tried to ban private schools, too! But the Supreme Court stopped them, writing, "a child is not the mere creature of the state."
I wish the state would remember that.
Anyway, the educator's complaints about home schooling "setting back a generation" are bunk.
Eleven of 14 peer-reviewed studies found home schooling has positive effects on achievement.
Education researcher Corey DeAngelis explains, "Children who are home-schooled get much better academic and social results than kids in government schools."
Even though they are more likely to be poor, "Home-schoolers score 30% higher on SAT tests." They also do better in college, and they are less likely to drink or do drugs.
"Mass home schooling during this pandemic," says DeAngelis, "may actually be a blessing."

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