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What If All the Homeschoolers Suddenly Enrolled in Public School?

Who would foot the bill for all those kids?

by
Paula Bolyard

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July 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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What these critics fail to understand is the great service homeschooling parents provide to the community by choosing to educate their children at home. A Heritage Foundation report on homeschooling estimated that based on the national average (2002) of $4934 per pupil expenditure on education, homeschoolers save American taxpayers billions:

“Given the Department of Education’s conservative estimate of 898,000 students who were educated entirely at home in 2003, the National Home Education Research Institute’s estimate of 2 million homeschool students, and the national average per pupil expenditure on instruction, homeschooling likely saves American taxpayers and public schools at least $4.4 billion to $9.9 billion in instruction costs each year.”

At today’s price of more than $10,000 per pupil in education spending (times two million homeschooled students) that bumps the potential savings up to $20 billion each year.

If those two million students suddenly enrolled in school, someone would have to foot the bill to educate them. The burden would shift from the parents, who now self-fund the education of their children (while continuing to pay federal, state, and local taxes to support the education of others in the community), to the taxpayers. While $20 billion is a drop in the national education bucket (Ohio alone spends $6.8 billion a year on education), most school districts perpetually run on razor-thin budgets, increasing class sizes, scaling back athletic teams, ending extracurricular activities, and even cutting school bus routes, forcing children to walk to school because of a lack of funding.

Conservatives should certainly appreciate that homeschoolers save the taxpayers a boatlaod of money. And our liberal and progressive friends and the “heavily unionized and reliably Democratic teachers” could perhaps view that savings as more wealth to spread around to everyone else. But regardless of your political point of view, you owe a debt of gratitude to homeschooling families for their selfless decision to pay their own way to educate their children, lessening the burden on everyone else in our society. Far from “undermining” the schools, homeschoolers may actually be helping them to survive in these difficult economic times.

So how about a little love (or maybe a thank you note) today to your neighborhood homeschooling family for the economic contributions they make that ultimately benefit our country?

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Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. Though she aligns politically with the Tea Party, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, three dogs, and two parrots.

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" missional societal "

Any time I hear or read someone using non-words like these, I know to expect unthinking, mindless drivel. Tony Jones lives up to my expectations.

Children are not given to parents to use as proxy missionaries. They are given to us to train up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. THAT is our primary responsibility to the Lord, to our children, and to society.

Children who are indistinguishable from the world (like most "Christian" children these days) are lousy missionaries.





39 weeks ago
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Its funny how public school advocates are always worried about Jim Crowe coming back because of school privatization. Jim Crowe was a government enforced segregation initiative. It wasn't sponsored by any private schools - or home schooling for that matter.

In regards to redistribution, public schooling is nothing of the sort. Its a filter. It takes in raw humans at very fragile ages and filters them according to intellectual and social abilities. The winners get to control society when the grow up, the losers end up poor or in prison.

Progressivism was never about equal outcomes. It was about creating a planned and predictable society. They only promised equality, but if they failed and got the predictability, they were still happy. What they really fear is not inequality, its the chaotic (in the mathematical sense) flow of a society when that society is free.
39 weeks ago
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"Progressivism was never about equal outcomes. It was about creating a planned and predictable society." A society in which they control the plan, control the outcome, control the distribution of everyone else's wealth, first to their own pockets, their cronies, their supporters... Those who don't fall in line are to be exterminated by the power of the state that they control.

Mao had re-education camps, we have political correctness; Mao had show trials to appear legit, we have show trials in which the prosecutors throw everything including the kitchen sink at you to see what sticks. Mao's local party leaders spied on everyone in the village, we have the NSA. Mao's little Red Guards terrorized the country to fall in line with Mao, we have trumped up racism to turn out the black votes to re-elect a president. Mao had the People's Daily, our president has the MSM. Mao ruled by proclamations, our president rules by "Executive Orders". Mao lost control of his little Red Guards, ...
39 weeks ago
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"If all those homeschoolers decided to remain enrolled, school districts across the country..., with many having to hire new teachers and some perhaps even needing to consider new buildings."

Isn't that the point? Hire new teachers, expand the teachers union, expand their clout to extract concessions from the taxpayers.
39 weeks ago
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And then they all left after the first week. BWHAHAHAHHA
39 weeks ago
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"greatest improvements in human welfare in history"

I suppose that depends on how you define "human welfare" and, for that matter, "improvements".
39 weeks ago
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How does that man sleep at ngiht? He's a fully- formed Christian. His children are still, spiritually, children, and deserve all the protection they can get. He's making the same mistake that Red Diaper Baby parents made- they wanted their children to save the world from all its problems, before they even had a chance to enjoy the world, or be loved, or to love anything. Ariel Gore, on the left, writes about this a lot.

My kids don't homeschool because I have liked their local public school. It was about like having a private, religious school for free. But their teachers support homeschoolers- they think it's a better way. There's a new principal. She's trying to change what works- driving off experienced teachers, rewarding failure, driving off the male teachers at the upper grades. She's now getting public school problems, and public school results.



39 weeks ago
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I want a child whose education is a matter of mental engineering, not social engineering, and these days, I don't see much in the public school curriculum that suggests it's too concerned with mentally gearing my child up to be a well educated individual, only a well-indoctrinated citizen.
39 weeks ago
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And when I have a son who's pushing three and already knows all his basic colors, basic shapes, part of his ABCs, can count to 5 and knows all the number words to 10, knows a lot of animals (farm and exotic) and can put the sounds to them and is starting to recognize some of the words in his Dr. Seuss and other basic books ... I don't know that public school is the place for him if he keeps picking stuff up, and I'm not inclined to stop feeding him stuff if he's learning it. We're starting to play with his letters now.
39 weeks ago
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Yah, my 3yo could distinguish and pronounce "excavator" from "goose neck trailer" from other such large equipment ... turned out he's Aspie and a scary math genius. We home schooled for several years, then sent him to the public school for AP science and math while home schooling other subjects ... he's enrolling in Metallurgy in college next month. Best of luck with your little genius.
39 weeks ago
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All school districts are different. Some are terrific, some are lacking but kids are hard wired to learn and will learn from any and all sources. Regardless of whether you home school or send him to public school, YOU will still be his primary influence.
39 weeks ago
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No, you won't. Do the math. Once you take out sleeping hours, your little darling will spend more time being influenced by others than by you.

They also have a huge numerical advantage. That counts.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Eh, not really. My little darlings have been taught by many teachers but they interpret through the lens I gave them. I am still their primary influence. Anyone who sends more than 5 minutes with them canl see it.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ugh...typo:

Anyone who spends more than 5 minutes with them can see it.

And I should also correct one point: The parent CAN be the primary influence if they assert themselves and put in the time, as I have. It's certainly not a foregone conclusion. I know many parents who have abdicated their responsibilities to others and have children who've paid the price.
38 weeks ago
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Sounds like you are doing a fine job of homeschooling your son already! Hope you seriously consider taking the leap when the time comes. : )
39 weeks ago
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gee, let's see Tony et al, it's more basic than dollars and sense....opt in to public education, opt in to the tv watching, cell phone using, struggle to maintain, climb the ladder, total indoctrination of a human being, go along to get along, and what was that I read..."come out"...."be separated"...can you tell me where that is in the Bible?...can't see a difference, can't smell a difference, same response, same dependence, same selfishness....God who?
39 weeks ago
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Thom1, speaking of separation, please look up "minced oaths".


Here's one good treatise on it. There are many others:

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/christia/minced.htm

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=minced+oaths
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