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The Fatal Flaw Of Public Education and Why Homeschoolers Own The Future

"There are thousands of public schooled kids graduating from high school every year expecting to get a job. It's up to you homeschoolers to give them one." -- Gregg Harris

Rhonda Robinson


January 14, 2014 - 4:39 pm
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Now, adults are hoping for answers like, ‘I want to be an astronaut or I want to be a neurosurgeon’… Kids, they’re most likely to answer with, ‘pro-skate boarder, surfer, Mindcraft player’…us kids are going to answer what we are stoked on, what we think is cool…that’s typically not what adults want to hear.

…When I grow up, I want to be happy.

Young Logan stands out for several obvious reasons. Not only because of his outstanding performance on stage giving a TEDx Talk, a feat that would make most adults’ stomach turn, and not because he dispels the myth that homeschoolers are social misfits. It’s more than that; Logan cracked open the door and allowed the world to peek into home education at its finest.

Educators and parents, many perhaps for the first time, got a glimpse of what an adolescent boy looks like when he’s thriving in an environment that nurtures and values his unique potential.

The type of schooling that Logan is experiencing is actually second-generation “Delight-Directed” learning.

Gregg Harris introduced this philosophy of education to the homeschooling community in the 1980s, around the time I brought our oldest children home. The Delight-Directed theory rests on the idea that children learn best when academics center on their interests and talents.

The thrust of a child’s education is around real world situations in which they have an interest. In our family that meant my eldest daughter spent the bulk of her junior year in high school shadowing a veterinarian in her clinic, which equipped her to land a job in the Necropsy Lab at the University of Illinois, where she spent the majority of her senior year. For my son, it meant working on home construction sites from the age of 12, which equipped him to launch his own crew and become an employer just barely into his twenties.

Most doors were closed to homeschoolers then, and dial-up Internet was the height of technology. We just scratched the surface of what this young man called, “hack schooling.” In essence it’s really Delight-Directed 3.0.

Today there is a universe of knowledge to draw from, right at their fingertips. Creativity and innovation coupled with the ability to work without a foreman looking over their shoulder, will be the most valuable skill sets to master for this generation. I’ll wager the market will demand it, but few will be able to supply it.

Logan has a great shot at achieving his goal of health, happiness and the career of his choice. Although his message needs to be heard he’s talking to the wrong audience. A government-controlled educational system is incompatible and incapable of producing the kind of education that will put students on the same path. It’s fatally flawed at one critical point: its view of humanity.

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td - I think you sell the kids short. While I agree that the fundamental value of family is paramount, there is no reason that the latchkey kid - like I was in the 60's - cannot be placed in a better learning environment than the public school. I spent my summers at the Denver Public Library, the DU Law Library down the block, and at Colorado General Hospital, and would have done anything to create my own system of learning.
The only thing the public school system prepared me for was the initial regimentation of the US Navy and boot camp and afloat. Big Deal, and a great waste of time.
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Being a latchkey kid is not the same thing as being raised by a single mother who has to work. And like you, I went to public school in the 60s and the Library and bookstore were suppliments to my education not the source of it.
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In order to home school, you must have a home. Libertarians, who aretalkers when it comes to home schooling as an alternative to public education, want to abolish marriage. No marriage, no famility, no home school. It is the much despised social conservatives who are the backbone of the schooling movement.

Public schools don't to have to be bad. What they have to be is union free. Get rid of the unions and you will make the public school system a better place. However, fixing the union problem is not enough. You have to have the family as well.
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Not only do you have to have a home. You need a two parent home. It takes a healthy family, not a wealthy family--but one dedicated to each other in the manner Frankl describes.
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Speaking as someone who went to a non-union public school, I'd have to disagree with the idea that you merely have to get rid of unions. More than a few teachers, even there, push the leftist agenda (and believe me, I hail from Georgia, a right-to-work state and non-union state). I know it to be the case in at least High School, if not earlier, and I can certainly confirm it is the case in the colleges (such as GPC Dunwoody and Oglethorpe University), and those aren't public school systems.
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More than a few teachers were leftists when I was in school. Just being a leftist doesn't mean that the teacher is bad just as having conservative teacher doesn't guarantee a quality experience.
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