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WALSH: Harvard Professor Makes The Case For Homeschool Ban. Here’s Everything Wrong With Her Argument.

By  Matt Walsh
LYNN, MA - OCTOBER 24: A classroom at the Pickering Middle School in Lynn, MA is pictured on Oct. 24, 2019. Gateway cities like Lynn, midsize urban centers whose lower property values are a draw for lower-income households, are slated to be among the big winners in the sweeping school-funding reform bill signed into law last week by Governor Charlie Baker. Such districts are expected to see millions in fresh spending from the new law - a down payment meant to reverse yawning student achievement gaps fueled by years of underinvestment. But even as city officials celebrate passage of a law that will dramatically increase spending on students, they must face a sobering truth: The extra money will probably do little to address Lynns tumbledown schools, complicating efforts to improve services to its surging ranks of low-income s
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With schools across the country shut down, millions of parents have discovered the considerable joys and challenges of homeschooling. This has made our betters in media and academia extremely nervous. What if a sizable portion of these parents decide that they quite prefer teaching their own kids? What if they never send their offspring back into the government’s education factories? They — our betters, I mean — may lose their hold on an entire generation of children. And that would be a great tragedy. For them, anyway. 

A recent article in the Washington Post was forthright about these fears. “Homeschooling during the coronavirus will set back a generation of children,” the editorial claimed. Harvard Law School is holding a “summit” to discuss this problem. The summit, led by “experts,” will focus especially on “educational deprivation and child maltreatment that too often occur under the guise of homeschooling, in a legal environment of minimal or no oversight.” Naturally, the summit experts have suggestions on “legal reforms” to help remedy this problem.

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