Great article by Thomas Sowell over at Townhall.com.
When amateurs outperform professionals, there is something wrong with that profession.
If ordinary people, with no medical training, could perform surgery in their kitchens with steak knives, and get results that were better than those of surgeons in hospital operating rooms, the whole medical profession would be discredited.
Yet it is common for ordinary parents, with no training in education, to homeschool their children and consistently produce better academic results than those of children educated by teachers with Master’s degrees and in schools spending upwards of $10,000 a year per student— which is to say, more than a million dollars to educate ten kids from K through 12.
Nevertheless, we continue to take seriously the pretensions of educators who fail to educate, but who put on airs of having “professional” expertise beyond the understanding of mere parents.
In related news from across the pond. Absolutely despicable. That is a prime example of socialism at its worst.
POLICE STATE, GERMANY
Authorities: Children may ‘visit’ parents
Youth Welfare Office relents with homeschooling family
Authorities in one of Germany’s regional Jugendamt, or Youth Welfare Offices, without explanation have relented and given five sisters permission to “visit” their parents, from whom they were taken by government officers earlier this year over the family’s homeschooling.
According to a report from the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been involved in defending a number of homeschooling families under attack in Germany, authorities this week confirmed the Gorber sisters could return to their home to visit their parents “temporarily.”
The girls have been detained in “youth homes” for the last eight months with only minimal visitation with their family because of court concerns over the family’s homeschooling.
The HSLDA said the permission to visit their home extends “until the beginning of September,” but no word was available on what would be required of the family at that point.