Being very sarcastic, am tired of my profession taking a beating from those whose only educational experience was from when they were in school. Education needs reform but it will come at a cost, just as remodeling your home would. Do you really trust your childs education to those schools who operate without state supervision or oversight? Willing to take a chance and roll the dice? Not me, I personally get to know every teacher my children come into contact with, attend P-T conferences and school functions.<quoted text>
I know you are being sarcastic, but I totally agree with the first four statements. This is life, it is the real world. There are parents every day transporting their children to and from school, they pay for sports, lessons and activities, they enroll their children in special camps, programs, etc. to further their child's interests and options, and there are parents paying tutors to assist with their child's educational needs.
When parents take the initiative and take control, they KNOW their child is getting the expereince, socialization, and education best for their child. We KNOW there is no bullying on the bus, they are in our car. We KNOW they are being included in an activity, etc.
I would never trust my children's education to just anyone, but it is strange that children homeschooled by committed parents with the equivalent of a high school education can often times compete with the best of them.
Many on here complain about the woes of public education but I can attest that student achievement correlates with parental involvement. And that isn't a "good job Suzy" when they come home with a good grade.
As for home schooling, I have several nieces and nephews who are home schooled and they live in great school districts. Their scores equal or surpass their counterparts in their respective neighborhoods. However, they are reaching the age where calculus, trig and other subjects are being introduced. Their parents, who are college grads, have no expertise in these subjects and are looking to public education to fulfill those areas.