Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Many of us have posted, over the years, on the issue of "home schooling." (For example, here, here, and here). In my view, Chris Tollefsen's essay at Public Discourse, "Are There Harms of Home Schooling?", is a must-read (I say this, for what it's worth, as someone who is both too lazy and too impatient to even consider home-schooling my own children.)
Here is a taste:
Children’s education is primarily about their fulfillment, but that fulfillment is and can only be rooted in an orientation towards a life of service to genuine human goods, including the goods of others and service to God. The particular form of life within which each child is called to perform these services is the child’s vocation; the task of education—its primary end—is to enable children to recognize, accept, and pursue that vocation.