Johnny Reads At Home

New article.  New research.  This time, from a pyschology professor in Alaska.  Swell.  [Actually, I see it’s old news as Spunky covered this last week, but I’m slowly catching up.]  Read the comments there as it’s an interesting discussion.] 
 I wanted to cover a different aspect of all of this research.  Kasemans have written a thing or two about this too.  Whether it’s refusing to answer surveys/registration forms, etc from school districts or addressing whether homeschooling research really helps the homeschooling world?

From the Live Science article:

Kleinfeld presented her results last month at the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth in Indianapolis. She has not yet submitted the findings to a journal for peer review.

And where is this research going with a bureaucratic touch? (I’d call it progressing towards a bureaucratic clamp: a device used to hold an object in a fixed position.)

Nowhere, if it follows the typical manner, I would wager, except that they’ll wiggle and woggle some more busy legislation out of this.    Homeschoolers don’t need busy legislation as Harvey Bluedorn noted in On Trying to Fix What Ain’t Broke.

What concerns me is this is a White House Conference on "helping America‘s youth" and people/businesses start sniffing around for the money.  And this professor pointed out her upcoming ‘research’ on homeschooling successes: 

In separate research that Kleinfeld is also preparing for publication, she has possibly gotten to the root of the problem.

"Here’s a fascinating fact," she said. "There is no literacy gap in home-schooled boys and girls."

"Why? In school, teachers emphasize reading literature and talking about character and feelings," she said. "This way of teaching reading does not turn boys on.  Boys prefer reading nonfiction, such as history and adventure books. When they are taught at home, parents are more likely to let them follow their interests."

Many boys prefer reading nonfiction.  Many boys don’t.  The idea is that homeschooling parents are more likely to let them follow their interests; boys or girls.  That is correct.

Each individual child living a homeschooled life.  Parents didn’t need to study that, they just did what seemed right for each one of their children because they love and care about them most. 

So Leave Us Alone.

We, as homeschoolers, need to pay attention to all this studying, surveying and attempts to duplicate our success.  Just as great teachers usually only have a ‘ladder to success’ option into administration; our autonomy as  family units can collapse with our noted success.

Who benefits from this research?  Homeschoolers?  I don’t see it.  From Kasemans:

There are two major reasons why homeschoolers should not participate in research: First, research poses a serious threat to homeschooling because it increases the opportunities for increased control and regulation of homeschooling. Second, even if research did not have serious risks, it still would not be the most effective way to communicate information about homeschooling to others. It is much better for homeschoolers to share their personal experiences, to show how well homeschooling works for their families, and how important it is that homeschooling exist as an alternative that is not controlled by conventional schools or the government.

If homeschooling is to survive as an alternative approach to education and as a stronghold of parents’ and children’s rights and responsibilities, homeschoolers must be prepared to stand up and say, "We have chosen an alternative that works better for us." One important area in which homeschoolers have to be prepared to do this is research. They need to say, "We don’t want our families poked and prodded and invaded. We don’t want our position weakened and our strengths lessened by research which cannot give a full and accurate picture of homeschooling anyway. We object to what research does to people and to alternative movements and the way in which it promotes the values and practices of conventional schooling. Therefore, we oppose homeschooling research."

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