A call for homeschooling decriminalization

With a title that sadly underscores the fact that even millions of years of evolution cannot keep even the most obvious of facts self-evident to do-gooders, Ariel Dillon of The Independent Institute writes about personal experiences as a homeschooled child and calls for the decriminalization of homeschooling. An excerpt:

Like most homeschooling parents, mine chose to become my primary teachers and homeschool me because they were dissatisfied with both the public and private schools in our area. At the same time, my mother started a weekly program where home-taught students could meet and take classes in a more formal classroom environment. Because I worked at my own pace in homeschooling, standard lesson plans that were calibrated to the slowest students at private or public schools would take me less time to complete. My book studies were supplemented with hands-on projects. For example, we would hold science class in the garden, our art class would visit applicable museums, and every year we would take a ?history trip? to visit the nation?s famous sites.

Because my schooling was time efficient, I was able to undertake non-academic pursuits that I loved, including professional theater classes. I also started and ran my own baking company when I was twelve. In high school, I did a stint at a parochial school, but because the pace was so slow compared to what I was used to, I opted to take classes at my local junior college instead ? an experience that prepared me well for college. When the time came, I took the SATs, scored well above average, applied for college, and was accepted into the schools of my choice. [...]

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