Regarding the Aug. 22 Point of View “Deserting the idea of the common good”: Leslie Maxwell conveniently ignores the sad state of public education in a complaint that an increasing number of homeschoolers will “unravel” society. Can it be more unraveled than it already is in the broken educational system that Maxwell’s wrong-headed populist notion wants to preserve?
The well-to-do can send their children to private schools or to the public schools that serve their upscale communities, but what alternatives do the poor and middle class have with the empty shell of a school system that has been failing them for decades? This system, exacerbated by the interference of federal government bureaucrats and the self-protective intransigence of teachers’ unions, has pushed parents’ backs to the wall. And in the great tradition of American innovation and independence, they have turned to another, better alternative – homeschooling.
I don’t want the poor and middle class held hostage to Maxwell’s theoretical concern. We are a fluid society, and the best glue to keep it together is a good education that will allow intelligent, thinking youngsters to function in it. A good education will keep us together, and homeschooling is a big step in the right direction.