It's cheap and efficient because we don't consider our own opportunity costs - I could have Dr. J2 stay home and homeschool the girls and they'd be math wizards in a hurry. At the cost of losing her earning potential and the educational opportunities those earnings buy down the road.
I bet she would be a lot closer to her kids if she had homeschooled, john. They may have been able to avoid the difficulties they have had. When you spend so much time with your kids, you just have to work things out in a way you both can live with. Ime, anyway.
Yes, we lost my income because of my being home. And I am not particularly skilled, either. Over 20 years since I have taught. And no desire to return to the classroom, if I would even be hired at my age.
I am so glad we have done it, though. I am so glad Dug had that vision. As long as we can make it financially, I think I always will be. And maybe even if we can't.
I'm not sceptical of "the government". I'm not trusting them blind either. Common Core is the least of this country's education concerns and the fight about CC is simply a ruse.
It might not be the biggest concern, but I doubt it will be what its supporters expect.
Please elaborate on the "ruse".
Everything in life is a compromise. I choose to live in an expensive house because that buys the best schools in the state and top 0.3% in the country. I could move 20 miles away and live in a rural area, pay little in taxes, and have awful schools. I'm blessed with enough money to not fret over the decision. But others aren't as lucky.
Again, I just do not have that confidence in the schools.
We are very close to an IB school. We were also not too far away from a Spanish immersion elementary school. Those opportunities did cross my mind.
But ultimately the advantages of homeschooling won out.
And my daughter has done better in college than anyone we personally know. And I am telling you that as honestly and humbly as I can. All without IB, without AP, without being an NMS. Just with our cheap little homeschool.
CC, national curriculums, and the like are simply ways to level the playing field. My older daughter is a graduate teaching assistant and her students' lack of command of English is startling. That's why you need harder schools and more effort to improve. Your kids and mine will be fine, but a college junior who writes at 8th grade level at best is not a pretty sight.
I don't know that school reforms will level the playing field to the degree you may expect. Economic opportunities for parents might, though. Universal healthcare might. Safer communities might.
That is probably the conversation we should be having if we want to help kids, john.