I stumbled across this video on YouTube. Low and behold, one of the panel mothers is an old friend from Minnesota, Pam Von Gohren, an advocate for home education when Wendy and I were considering it in the early 90’s. It’s a long video, but well worth the watch:
Eighteen years ago (wow, time flies), Pam was seated in front of us in a church hall. We were merely inquiring into home education, bought admission into state homeschool conference, and were waiting for the next speaker. She spoke not only of her frustrations with the public system (she was working as a political policy advocate for home educators in Minnesota at the time), but she spoke of her joys of home educating. She was one of the many people who persuaded us to go with home education. Not in an argumentative way, but just by sharing her heart.
I was an English teacher in the public schools, just starting my teaching career. We decided to give homeschooling a try. It hasn’t been all roses, but educating our children at home was one of the best decisions we made in our early family life. Even if public education had great reputations and wonderful track records, we’d still home school.
Stossel’s arguments against public education are good. This video should give parents pause. Problems aside, though, hearing from home educators like Pam helped us see that there was an entire world of exciting possibilities for our own family. We took the plunge, and we have never regretted it.
This video argues that alternative schools are the answer to public school’s problems. It is a valid argument. We believe home education–when considered and analyzed and taken seriously–is an even better solution for families.