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This post was edited by Gayle at 2017-2-26 02:12|
Back to the subject of homeschooling, besides being a teacher, I worked for years at a private tutoring center that worked with many homeschoolers, providing tutoring, counseling and materials.
There is a stereotype here in the USA that homeschoolers are mainly religious fundamentalists who think science is anti-God and who want to protect their children from the secular value systems of the schools. There are indeed quite a few like that. But in reality, there is a wide range of reasons that parents choose homeschooling, and every homeschooling situation is unique. There are many situations in which homeschooling is better (even much better) than what the school could provide. There are many other situations in which it is much worse. And many situations in which it is mixed, better in some ways and worse in other ways.
There are ways that the state can regulate homeschooling to maximize its advantages and minimize its disadvantages, including monitoring the quality of their education.
With so many Chinese families having only one child, homeschooling could increase the child's social isolation. In the USA, homeschooling parents often create associations that enable them to bring their children together for social opportunities, which actually can promote socialization better than merely studying next to another child in school.
Here in the USA, though, Trump's new education secretary wants to give money (vouchers) to homeschooling parents, the share of the taxes that would have gone to educating their children in the public schools. They don't care how they weaken the public schools, because their ultimate aim is to privatize the school system, leaving the public schools only with the problem students the private schools don't want. I think that homeschooling can have a place, but they should not receive tax money.