Homeschooling Why and How

Homeschooling, schools and jobs

“These Schools Mean Business,” (in the April 9 Time Magazine)

This article makes the case for businesses to play a greater role in curriculum so that graduates can better fill the positions businesses have available.   “Educators worked with local employers to develop the right curriculum. Lots of companies–including Caterpillar and Siemens, which President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union speech–have started miniversions of this sort of program, often out of desperation since local schools simply aren’t turning out grads with the skill sets they need.”

The article concludes, “‘They are reinventing what high school–and their future–is all about.’ They may also be reinventing national competitiveness.”

I really don’t know about any reinvention here since it is still the factory model, just with an added tier of specialized training.  As Rick Santorum said in an interview on “Caffeinated Thoughts”  “So we went to assembly lines, we went to assembly lines for kids.  We put them all in a factory, we divided them up into the same ages, and created an experience that is not like anything they are going to experience in the rest of the world.”

Certainly our kids need to be prepared to be self-supporting and the article shares what we homeschoolers have long known — schools don’t prepare kids for work and life.  However, something about seeking to make kids fit the job needs of employers doesn’t quite sit right with me.   To be sure, the curricula that corporations are helping to create have “a small but serious core curriculum focused on the basics: English, math, science and technology.”  What is missing is the student’s unique gifts.  What if our child has other dreams and ambitions than to fill one of the “unfilled slots for middle-level workers.”

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