Public money for homeschoolers?

Bad legislation further exposed:

The legislation also would eliminate a requirement that charter schools have at least 65 students, said Fisher, who represents Buncombe. “Home-schoolers through Senate Bill 8 can now charter their own schools and draw resources from those charter public schools now in existence,” she said.

If you think that's crazy, check out this bright idea puppet George Leef recently promoted as a cure for our education system:

If we’re truly in a budget-cutting mood and wish to breathe life into education at the same time, we should de-bureaucratize schools by putting them entirely into the entrepreneurial arena: the marketplace.

Moreover, financing learning through the compulsion of taxation is perverse. Education should be a consensual relationship among parents, children, and (when necessary) formal teachers.

What about the Poor?

The poor would stand a much better chance in a freed education environment. If some of the most destitute places on earth manage to have private for-profit schools for poor children, then so can the United States, especially if the shackles were removed. Of course, there would be far fewer poor people in a freed society.

And these guys have been granted special access to our lawmakers, and they're stepping up as "trainers" of our school boards? North Carolina isn't just heading toward a third-world socioeconomic formula, it's moving into Bizarro World.

Comments

Leef

Every sideshow in Art Pope's circus has one clown whose main role in life is to make others seem sane by comparison. Mr. Feel plays that role to the max. I admire his persistence.

It is crazy

Just to clarify: That wasn't Leef's writing, it was one of his "colleagues" at the anarchist's site The Freeman. But he loves the idea all the same.

As a parent who taught my children at home

....for a few years, I can honestly say that the NC laws regarding homeschooling were already too lenient. Anyone with a high school diploma can teach their children at home. I'm sure there are some very bright people who took their formal education no further than a high school diploma, but in my opinion they do not have the academic depth to handle the challenges of creating a curriculum or expanding on a purchased program.

My three years teaching my girls at home were some of the most rewarding I spent as a mother. They excelled in public school before and have both excelled since returning to public school. I can't say that these years were as rewarding to my girls, but my oldest wrote in one of her essays for college applications that it was our in depth study in ancient civilizations that inspired her to study history and archeology.

Awww, warm fuzzies :)

Oh....as far as dipping into public funds.....undecided on this. I think a better way to do it is to treat a homeschool like a business and make certain expenses tax deductible and if there is one room reserved solely for study, treat it like a home office for tax purposes. Of course...I'm just tossing out ideas that I have not fully thought through. Imagine that! lol



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Hey you!

So glad to see you out and about. Greeting from my temporary home in Maryland!

Good GAWD, Maryland?

I sure as heck hope it is temporary. It's cold up there!

Hey...Katie was accepted to UNC.....waiting to hear from a couple of others, but I get this feeling I'll be in Chapel Hill a lot over the coming years. (yeah...a lot more than she wants me there...)



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Where's that Like button?

Awww, warm fuzzies :)

Hi Greg!

How is Raleigh? Are you keeping them on their toes still?



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if the repubs are concerned with the budget

which clearly they're NOT, they should be noticing that funding a school which educates one kid is NOT an economy of scale. This bill is just insane. Sign my petition telling Purdue to VETO the bill unless it's made more equitable and less about defunding the public schools: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-bev-purdue-veto-inequitable-charter...