Homeschooling: It’s Not For Progressives

Dana Goldstein tells you why in an essay in Slate.  She suggests that…

Over the past year, there has been a resurgence of interest in homeschooling—not just the religious fundamentalist variety practiced by Michele Bachman and Rick Santorum, but also in secular, liberal homeschooling like Taylor’s. Think no textbooks, history lessons about progressive social movements, and college-level math for precocious 13-year-olds. Some families implement this vision on their own, while others join cooperatives of like-minded, super-involved parents.

And the heart of the matter?

This overheated hostility toward public schools runs throughout the new literature on liberal homeschooling, and reveals what is so fundamentally illiberal about the trend: It is rooted in distrust of the public sphere, in class privilege, and in the dated presumption that children hail from two-parent families, in which at least one parent can afford (and wants) to take significant time away from paid work in order to manage a process—education—that most parents entrust to the community at-large.

Overheated hostility toward public schools… that sums it up nicely.  Read it all.  And take your complaints to her (or him- who knows.  Dana is one of those names you can’t really tell the gender of its bearer).

That Sound You Heard Was Homeschoolers Across America Screaming in Rage

At the government of Sweden- doubtless now to become the target of their rage.  Why?

The government of Sweden is taking a hard line against homeschoolers, proposing a bill that will only allow home education under “extraordinary circumstances,” reports the Home School Legal Defense Association. The bill is expected to pass in the Swedish parliament, following a review by the Supreme Administrative Court, and will allow for homeschooling families to face criminal charges, reports Hilary White, … One American homeschooling mother, Lisa Angerstig, who is married to a Swede, said that the government is becoming “increasingly aggressive,” having already fined the family the equivalent of U.S. $1400.


Himmelstrand said there are only about a hundred homeschooling families in the whole country, but these are “one hundred too many for Swedish authorities.” “They are preparing to pass this new law to make it harder, and it appears that local school boards are already enforcing the new law even though it hasn’t been passed through Parliament.”

If you thought some folks here in the States had questions about Homeschooling or issues with it, you should check out the attitude towards the activity in Germany and Sweden. Do they know something Americans don’t?