Kudos to Jeff Jacoby for shedding light on the obvious but too-rarely discussed role parents must play in the education of our children in his March 10 op-ed column “Liberate schools from government.” Jacoby courageously asserts what so many of us home-schooling families already know and experience daily.
Clear aside the unionized, government-sponsored public-schooling industry in the United States and you will begin to encounter loving parents purposely nurturing grounded, spirited children who love learning. Home-schooled kids experience the world as their classroom rather than the confines of the nearest or best concrete building assigned.
A growing number of parents of all races and economic status are realizing there is a choice they can make in allowing a child to be set free from the dumbing down of standardized test culture. With their free play abandoned in a supposed race to the top, most public school kids I meet dread their daily overscheduled experience. This is in stark contrast to the happy, well-rounded kids I see thrive by being home schooled.
The recent debate over Boston’s school assignments only illustrates the misguided theory that schools, rather than loving, conscientious parents, will serve our children best.