Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Is Homeschooling a Libertarian Idea? - Part III

I concluded my "conversation" with the commenter with this final thought, which illustrates the liberty children (and teachers) have when homeschooling - liberty that's difficult to find if not nonexistent in the school setting.

Here's an example of the kind of liberty homeschooled kids have. I don't know this family; I've never heard of them until I came across this blog entry. But this is very common, in my experience, when it comes to how homeschooling families function today.

How many schoolkids have this kind of liberty? Frankly, how many school teachers have the liberty to discard their lesson plans because a better learning opportunity came up?

I just don't understand how a person can contend that forcing a child to sit in a school classroom 30 hours a week, 36 weeks a year, for most of their growing-up years, is in any way libertarian. Homeschooling, on the other hand, while not ALWAYS libertarian in the way it is executed, can certainly be done in such a way as to fit beautifully with libertarian ideas, and it generally IS done in a way that provides the child with far more liberty - both today and in the future - than a public school education can.


Joy said...

Thanks for linking to my blog!

And I want to add that, although I haven't had a chance yet to read a lot on your blog, I really like what you have to say so far.

I look forward to reading more!

Joy of Five J's

Marcy Muser said...


I'm glad you've liked my blog so far. I thought you had a perfect illustration of the liberty our kids have being homeschooled.

I hope I see you here again. :)