Terry Barlow: Homeschool community

08/30/2014 8:00 PM

08/29/2014 3:37 PM

Leslie Maxwell’s Aug. 22 Point of View “ Deserting the idea of the common good” betrayed a woeful ignorance of the way homeschoolers have organized massively in our own locality to form a community of learning and to ensure that they are not mere isolated families centered on their own good, as she claims.

These families are regularly assembling to share resources and provide educational enrichment for all the children and not merely their own. There are some 500 families in the Raleigh-Cary area to be commended for their concern for their children’s safety and education, not attacked.

Maxwell seems to labor under the premise that the primary responsibility for educating children is our government’s when in fact it’s primarily the parents’ responsibility. If they have any doubts about how the government is handling it in cooperation with them, it behooves the parents to intervene and to do so swiftly.

Instead of pointing an accusatory finger, the honest question that she neglects and that must be asked is why these families have been leaving in increasing numbers. The answer is not that the parents are self-centered or lazy. There is an enormous amount of energy and community awareness required and involved in homeschooling!

Terry Barlow


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