History, Homeschooling and the Internet

I’ve been addicted to reading since I was three years old. I can’t help it, it’s what I do. 

For many years, well into adulthood, I spent several hours each weekend reading the voluminous Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune. But it’s now a shadow of its former self, thanks to the Internet, which is where I do most of my reading these days.

I love having such a variety of interesting things to read. Once in a while, however, I hit on something really good, something someone has written that is so spot-on that I just have to share it with others. And have I got something good to share today.

Prolific writer and economic historian Gary North has written an awesome piece entitled “Public Education is Going Down” that clearly explains how the rise of the Internet is slowly killing public education. His theory is that, thanks to the growing availability of knowledge online at an increasingly lower cost, we parents are regaining the educational control that was lost centuries ago:

Home schooling is a throwback to the fifteenth century. It lets parents choose the content and structure of their children’s education. But it goes far beyond anything available then. One size does not fit all: all parents or all children. There is enormous diversity today, and it is getting even more diverse.

Read the entire article for yourself, and be sure to catch his last line. It made me smile  :)

8 thoughts on “History, Homeschooling and the Internet

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  2. Interesting article – I enjoyed reading his views on public education. Thanks for sharing!
    Ring true,
    Nancy

  3. Great article! It hadn’t occurred to me before that our educational choices reflect the demand in the marketplace. I think about what succeeds in the marketplace today: ingenuity, creativity, independent thinking skills, confidence, great money handling skills and adaptability. I took my son out of public school when I saw him loosing these things there.
    Thanks for all that you do Barbara! It’s so helpful.

  4. You’re welcome, Liz. Congratulations on your decision to homeschool your son. He is fortunate, that’s for sure!

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