Education reporter Mike Antonucci sheds some light on the matter: “If the government, under the force of law, takes money from my paycheck every month to supply me and every other citizen with a Yugo, and I choose not to spend additional personal income on a Chevy, am I ‘choosing’ the Yugo?”
Apparently not. Even if most Oklahomans don’t actually choose homeschooling, it’s interesting to note that nearly one in five (or maybe as many as one in four, depending on how you want to categorize virtual schooling) think it would provide the “best education” for their children.
As the late Milton Friedman once remarked, “There is no other complex field in our society in which do-it-yourself beats factory production. Nobody makes his or her own car. But it is still the case that parents can perform the job of educating their children, in many cases better than our present education system.”
BRANDON DUTCHER is editor of Choice Remarks (okschoolchoice.blogspot.com) and a homeschooling father of four in Edmond.