U.S. Education Secretary: I’m “Concerned” About Homeschooled Kids

In what is probably another attempt to grab at educational freedom, U.S. Education Secretary makes unfounded claims about homeschooled kids. Hes concerned that kids aren’t getting the “rapid instructional experience” they would get in a public school. Isn’t that the point?!

The government is failing our kids and so is our education system. They know if parents stand up and take charge of their children’s education, they no longer have control over the minds of American children. Imagine what would happen if American children started thinking for themselves. Don’t want that now do we? The democrats may NEVER win again.

The Obama administration has always had a negative view of homeschooling, which really isn’t surprising but parents need to continue to be vigilant when it comes to educational freedom.

Caffeinated Thoughts had this to say:

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King said that he has concerns about children who are homeschooled according to a story published in Politico Pro (paywall) today.

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said today that he’s concerned that homeschooled students aren’t “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.”

But King also said he’s aware of homeschooling families “doing it incredibly well” and he knew of students in college who had “very tremendous academic success.”

“Obviously, it’s up to families if they want to take a homeschool approach,” King said, when asked about the topic during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters.

King noted that research shows homeschooling is growing in popularity.

But King said he worries that “students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school” – unless parents are “very intentional about it.”

King said the school experience includes building relationships with peers, teachers and mentors – elements which are difficult to achieve in homeschooling, he said, unless parents focus on it.

The Christian Science Monitor didn’t include this in their coverage of their own breakfast which I find odd considering how controversial those remarks are.

Considering many home schooled children take college classes while in high school I find Secretary King’s remarks completely asinine. He doesn’t demonstrate any data to back up his concerns. Studies  have shown homeschooling students are out-performing their public school counterparts. He must not also be aware that homeschooling students also led their public school counterparts in SAT results.

Considering his remarks center around a socialization argument leads me to believe he knows very little about homeschooling.

In my opinion his remarks demonstrate frustration over an educational option that is outside of federal control. Considering the mess he made up in New York I don’t think he’s qualified to comment on homeschooling.

Will Estrada, director of federal relations at the Home School Legal Defense Association, made the following remarks on Facebook, “Government bureaucracies always seek more power at the expense of individual liberty. Education policy should be left to the states and localities.”

“The success of homeschooling shows that freedom works. Secretary King would replace that God-given freedom of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children with more government regulation,’ Estrada added.

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