Monday, March 08, 2010

Allan Carlson, Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Rebuilding an American Economy Focused on Family and Community

In a way, Borsodi and his wife also invented modern home-schooling. “When I compared Mrs. Borsodi to the average school-teacher in the public schools,” he wrote, “I saw no reason why she could not teach the children just as well, if not better.” They brought their children home, and found that this “experiment in domestic production” also proved superior to schooling organized on a factory model. Two hours a day of course work, it turned out, was all it took for the Borsodi boys to keep pace with their public school counterparts.

Would the experience of most home-schoolers confirm this?


Faith said...

How to you measure social skills? It's not just academics that are learned in schools.

papabear said...

A quick answer: the social virtues are first nurtured in a healthy family, and from what I've witnessed interaction between family members (especially in big families with many children) can be a sufficient training ground. Add to this the relations between the family and other families and I don't think anything is missing. It seems to me that public schools can do very little to fix the behavior problems caused by poor or bad family life.