Weeks ago, we wrote that the situation created by the coronavirus (really by how world leaders have opted to deal with the coronavirus); has a knack for uncovering truths that were previously hidden under tonnes of the world’s myriad distractions; a sort of truth serum if you will.
In fact, we wrote it in regards to a Harvard professor’s outlandish review paper on homeschooling; and how it was merely a thinly veiled attack on Christianity.
Now Ron Paul, former candidate for the U.S. Presidency has asserted something similar on his website. “One of the few good things to come out of the government-mandated shutdown is that many parents have started homeschooling their children.” Paul wrote. “Many of these parents are likely to continue homeschooling after the government schools reopen.”
He continued: “Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did its part to encourage homeschooling when it unveiled “guidelines” for schools to follow when they reopen. Among the CDC’s guidelines are that schools put tape on the hallways, directing children which direction to walk and how much distance to keep between themselves and their classmates. The CDC also recommends children do not share electronic devices or learning aids. The guidelines even say children should wear masks at school.”
My wife, a teacher, also received this CDC recommendation via WhatsApp. (For what reason, this blogger can’t tell. But that’s another story for another day.)
Anyway, as Paul rightly points out, the CDC guidelines over children social distancing when back at the government run public schools, is more than a bit ironic. After asserting that the CDC guidelines also harm children by limiting their ability to interact with their fellow students and develop social skills; Paul smartly points out that “Opponents of homeschooling claim that homeschooled children lack proper socialization. Like many attacks on homeschooling, the claim that homeschoolers are not “socialized” is the opposite of the truth.”
Paul then cites Education researcher Corey DeAngelis, who recently told journalist John Stossel in a Reason interview that “children who are homeschooled get much better academic and social results than kids in government schools.” Mr. DeAngelis pointed out that “homeschoolers score about 30 percent higher on the SAT test than kids in regular schools.”
No doubt, the situation is tough with the coronavirus. But it has provided us an opportunity not only to homeschool, but to promote its benefits, and to publicise its many advantages over public schooling. We ought not let this rare opportunity, go to waste.