Note to Homeschoolers: Don't Be Psychotic!

Mar 21, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I will admit that I am disappointed at the level of discourse that followed my recent video outlining my position. This post, from Dana Hanley, is easily the best of the responses, and engages the details of my argument in a constructive manner. A longer response is warranted, which I will undertake in a few days. The main response seems to be based on the idea that I haven't done any research. There is also quite a bit of attribution of motives ("he's an academic/bureacrat with a vested interest in *pushing* all this newfangled media 'education' stuff," for example). But mostly, the critics misrepresent the position I have taken. So, for the record, I do not equate homeschooling with abuse, I do not say homeschoolers are psychotic, I do not say that most parent-child relationships are flawed.
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