We homeschool our children. I am a huge advocate of homeschooling.

There are many reasons for making the choice, but the main one is the failure of the public schools to educate. The decision to pull children out of the educational industrial complex and teach them at home is becoming a popular one:

In 2007, close to 1.5 million children were enrolled in homeschool, a 74 percent increase in homeschool attendance since the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics started keeping track in 1999.

Some professional educators are not pleased:

Jimmie Dobbs, Poolville superintendent, said one of his biggest concerns is kids who leave to get homeschooled because the school doesn’t know what type of education the student is actually getting.

“At least when they’re here, we know,” he said. “There are some homeschool programs that are very good, but I’m sure there are also some that are not. A kid can claim to go to homeschool, but they’re not really getting that education.”

Here, Mr. Dobbs. Let me fix that for you:

“At least when they’re here, we know,” he said. “There are some homeschool government schools that are very good, but I’m sure there are also some that are not. A kid can claim to go to homeschool government school, but they’re not really getting that education.”

Another thing worth noting. Mr. Dobbs sees it as his responsibility to educate every child, not just the child in his schools. His view, shared by many professional educators, is that the state bears the burden of educating all children, and that burden should outweigh any personal choices a parent may have regarding education.

You can see it in his words; they drip with contempt for homeschoolers.

I wonder how many spelling bee champs have been produced at Mr. Dobbs’ schools. Or how many best selling authors, who started their first book 15 while they waited to be old enough to go to college.

Are there bad homeschool parents? A lot less than there are bad government school parents.

If you are considering homeschooling, feel free to reach out to me for information. Or go to the Home School Legal Defense Association.