With nearly 2 million students and even a Virginia college dedicated to their higher education, parents and kids who homeschool ought to be getting some respect in Washington. Instead, President Obama‘s education chief is expressing concerns that the growing practice is robbing children of educational and life experiences.
“I worry that in a lot of cases students who are homeschooled are not getting the kind of the breadth of instruction experience they would get in school, they’re also not getting the opportunity to build relationships with peers unless their parents are very intentional about it,” said Education Secretary John B. King Jr.
“And they’re often not getting those relationships with teachers and mentors other than their parents. I do worry whether home school students are getting the range of opportunities we hope for for all kids,” he said slamming the system.
Yet, that’s not to say it’s all bad, he added. “There are examples of families that are doing it incredibly well with great intention,” said King, who noted that some of his home schooled college classmates “experienced tremendous economic success.”