Senate candidates discuss education

Senate candidates discuss education

There are 24 comments on the Public Opinion story from Apr 16, 2008, titled Senate candidates discuss education. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Only two Pennsylvania State Senate candidates showed up Tuesday to address a group with concerns about education in general and homeschooling in particular.

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Chambersburg, PA

#21 Apr 19, 2008
Follow The Money wrote:
<quoted text>For once I agree with Dave. I see too many young kids at Jims Country Market, and working on farms during the week. I asked once why they were not in school, their answer was that they were "home schooled". A kid misses out on too many social issues, good and bad, to be home schooled. Also I don't know many parents that are qualified to teach Chemistry, Trig, Biology, English to their children.
Those kids are likely to be doing their studies in the evenings or early mornings before they go about their work routine. Of course a farmer or small marketer is going to pass his knowledge of farming/packaging/selling techniques on to his kids! Someone is going to have to do it in the future. Or would you rather we all eat cardboard tainted food from overseas, my friend?

Even so, itís probably not wise to base your opinion of home schoolers on one or two encounters.

Who says we are isolated from the rest of the world by doing home school? We attend social events just like anyone else. And even if we were isolated, at least we would be avoiding things like drugs, bad peer pressure, school violence and shootings, bullying, teachers who are not authorized to discipline (and may also be pedophiles or sexual perverts, ew...) etc. that often come along with the public school experience.

Furthermore, a parents teaching ability should not be determined by whether or not he or she has a degree in teaching. I for one would certainly not argue that a degree is a guarantee of great teaching ability, nor would I argue that not having a degree is a sign of lack of ability to teach. Parents have taught their work ethics and techniques to their own kids at home throughout all of history, and look where we are now; living in a free country with electricity, light bulbs, food, and in good health due to people like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Edison, George Carver and Clara Barton. Yes, they were all home schoolers at one point. Didnít you fellows do your history in public school?

Chambersburg, PA

#22 Apr 19, 2008
Sorry, this board will not allow me to put everything I have to say in one post.

Education can most certainly be achieved in a home school environment, because the fact is education is not just getting high test scores, memorizing facts or regurgitating others ideas. Itís being able to achieve and excel in society, to expand on others ideas, and eventually coming up with ideas of your own. And quite frankly, public school does not always provide the kind of environment and teaching that is needed for that kind of growth. Itís just not able to ensure that education is well-rounded and not just based on their test and curriculum scores.

To sum it all up to personal experience; I do junior counseling at a local camp three weeks out of the summer, each of those weeks with different kids. One of those weeks we had a group of kids from an area where home/private school is a prominent form of education. The next week we had a group of kids that came from an area where public school is prominent. Considering your mentality, you would find the differences in self-conduct, maturity, and knowledge hard to believe. During the public school week, I and other counselors had to break up multiple physical and oral fights, tell kids to watch their language and behavior on numerous occasions, and literally teach them how to read. The other weeks were quite the opposite; the kids were polite and friendly, didnít fight each other to the point of fisticuffs, and knew how to read. Of course we had bad apples in both groups, but you get the picture. In case you are wondering, they were both from the same age groups; 6-8.

I am going back this summer, and if anyone wants me to record this information to exacts through polls etc. let me know and I will be happy to do so, because I know that I am likely to come out with the same results as stated.
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