Dumb rules

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“In their never-end­ing ef­fort to ‘help’ homeschool­ers, pub­lic school bu­reau­crats pe­ri­od­i­cally try to in­crease home­school­ing reg­u­la­tions. This makes K-12 ed­u­ca­tion per­haps a unique en­deavor: it’s a field in which the fail­ures reg­u­larly, and as­ton­ish­ingly, in­sist that they should be able to reg­u­late the suc­cess­ful.

“Never mind that homeschool­ers con­sis­tently out­per­form chil­dren in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized in gov­ern­ment schools or that the longer a child is in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized in a gov­ern­ment school the worse he does in re­la­tion to home­schooled chil­dren. Never mind, also, that in­ter- na­tional sur­veys of aca­demic per­for­mance show that in the course of 12 years gov­ern­ment schools man­age to turn per­fectly ca­pa­ble chil­dren into world-class dullards. No, the same ed­u­ca­tion bu­reau­crats who con­sume an an­nual cash flow of roughly $600 bil­lion to achieve pre­vi­ously un­known lev­els of semi-lit­er­acy and il­lit­er­acy among oth­er­wise nor­mal Amer­i­can chil­dren feel com­pelled from time to time to aban­don their dili­gent pur­suit of in­tel­lec­tual medi­ocrity to of­fer pro­pos­als for reg­u­lat­ing home­school par­ents.”

Bruce N. Shortt, writ­ing on “Home­school reg­u­la­tion: The re­venge of the fail­ures,” Jan. 4 in World­Net­Daily at www.world­net­daily.com

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