For much of our nation's history, perfunctory public education
at a prescribed school was a given. Yet recently, alternatives
like vouchers, charter schools and the new phenomenon of
homeschooling have turned that assumption on its head. Doubts
about academic performance, socialization and other concerns
regarding these options have lately been addressed by empirical
research. For example, nationally, homeschooled students average
in the 80th percentile compared to their publicly educated peers
and test several grades higher than their counterparts,
according to Focus on the Family.
How do parents and others decide between public or private
education or homeschooling? This issue is especially crucial
when we realize that we have but one chance to "get it right"
for each child. We discuss some of the educational, legal and
philosophical issues--and even some practical suggestions--for
choosing the best educational option and affecting change from
the grassroots. Let us know what you think as you explore
what interests you among Leadership U's thousands of resources...
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This paper presents arguments for greater choice in public
education. Based on research done by John Chubb and Terry
Moe, the author argues that greater autonomy is needed to
have more effective schools. Also reveals popular myths
regarding school choice.
Using the book Schooling Choices: An Examination of
Private, Public and Home Education by Dr. Wayne House, this
essay considers the arguments for each type of educational
Christians Win Major School Voucher Case in Wisconsin
Christian Defense Fund
The Christian Defense Fund reports a landmark court
decision that, if upheld, could open the door to vouchers
for religious education nationwide.
School Choice 1999: What's Happening in the States
Nina Shokraii Rees and Sarah E. Youssef
Produced by the Domestic Policy Studies Dept. of the Heritage Foundation
think tank, this "backgrounder" gives an account of the latest victories
gained by school choice advocates nationwide, plus prospects for the
future. Contains a map of states regarding their school choice laws.
Is Private Schooling Privatizing?
Christian Smith and David Sikkink
Two instructors in the Dept. of Sociology at UNC-Chapel
Hill present findings that, despite popular bias to the
contrary, privately schooled and homeschooled children are
better socialized than their publicly schooled peers.
Rebels of the Best Kind
Fresh from attending a homeschooler's convention, the
commentator gives a heads-up to watch the influence of the
homeschooling community. He predicts they will
disproportionately affect societ--for the better.
References extensive research on homeschooler's academic
The National Education Association
An overview of the positions, power, and activities of the
National Education Association. Helpful section on what
parents can do to help affect change.
Rousseau: An Interesting Madman
The theology of Jean Jacques Rousseau continues to have a shaping effect
on education. His asssumptions, among which is denial of
man's fallen nature, need to be examined in light of school
Criteria for Christian Appreciation of the Arts
Proposes eight broad guidelines that can assist in the task
of teaching the Arts in a Christian school. The guidelines
could be equally helpful in choosing literature for study,
analyzing poetry or considering works of fine Art, dance
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