Another look at those 'gubmint' schools. . . .

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    Dude is up to his eyeballs in non USMB stuff today, but took time to toss me the following blurb on education. So this is his thread as much as mine.

    The thesis is that good parents are able to realign priorities and do what they have to do to get it done where their kids are concerned. And they generally do it better than what we are seeing from the government these days.

    All across the country we see parents making great personal sacrifices to pay for good schools or to homeschool their kids with very positive results being posted for their effort. Students who attend private school or who are homeschooled are far more likely to graduate highschool, are far more likely to post high ACT and SAT scores, and are far more likely to go on to higher learning than are public schooled kids. Further they are less likely to get involved in illegal activities, are less likely to have run ins with the law, and are usually very well adjusted socially.

    Would this not suggest that we need to start backing the federal government out of most of education rather than pushing for more and more ‘investment’ of tax dollars and other government involvement?

    Is it not possible that good parents can and will do a better job for their kids than will the government?
     
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    Good idea! Screw the poor people, which is exactly what Thomas Jefferson DID NOT want.
     
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    Are you suggesting that poor parents aren't good?
     
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    For every success story about homeschooling we wear, there is probably plenty more we don't hear that weren't quite great successes.
     
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    That's possible but the statistics, ACT and SAT scoresm, etc. don't support it. I'm sure a few duds are produced among homeschooled kids--we are dealing with fallable human beings here--but my experience among several programs (Junior Rodeo, AWANA, et al) heavily populated with homeschooled kids, the appearance of success is pretty stunning.
     
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    I think she's suggesting that poor parents can't afford private school, even if they do give up their second house.

    (that's sarcasm, if you couldn't see it)
     
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    I have tutored homeschooled kids from families of very limited means. They were great families and they have remarkable kids. One is now a junior at MIT.
     
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    :lol: SATs are not a good indicator of how smart someone is or well educated they are. It just means they can cram well or are good at taking a certain type of test.

    It's why colleges across the country are moving away from them.
     
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    I know. It pissed me off, I got a very high SAT score, and thought I'd get in wherever I wanted.

    Didn't happen.
     
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    It's because you can take the SATs as many times as you want and only have to give them the highest score.

    I know people who took it three or four times, ridiculous. I took it once.

    It's a nice racket though, get what is it now? $60 an attempt all so kids can get a sheet of paper saying they're good at taking a specific test.
     

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