For John, BLUF: People are seeking alternatives, as you note. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is an article on homeschooling and the US. In this previous post we talked about homeschooling in the Fatherland, where it is verboten and has been for 76 years, at least.
While homeschooling is blotted out in Germany, as the cost of education exceeds its value to such a degree that the bubble begins to burst in America, as Glenn Reynolds argues, homeschooling will become an increasingly attractive alternative. This, says [National Review writer Kevin]Williamson, poses a grave threat to leftists as:I would note that the article has LOL (Lots of Links).“The institutional Left hates homeschooling, hates it with a remarkable intensity, even though homeschooling recently has come into vogue with a certain subset of Park Slope–style progressives. Robin West of Georgetown’s law school has written admiringly of the suppression of homeschooling and regimes under which “parents who did so were criminals.” She writes that homeschoolers are dangerous precisely because of the fact that, far from being docile sheep, homeschoolers are as adults more likely to be politically engaged, which Professor West worries might “undermine, limit, or destroy state functions that interfere with family and parental rights.” For good measure, she notes that many homeschoolers were enthusiastic about George W. Bush in 2000 — quelle horreur. Many others on the left argue that homeschooling should be either banned outright or effectively regulated out of existence.”
As an aside, being left handed, I find the reference to political left and right to be annoying as well as misleading. It is really about faith in big (centralizing) government and distrust of big government.
The original source is The Blaze, which may be frightening to some. As for me, I am looking for truth, justice and the American way wherever I can find it.
The Glenn Reynolds book is The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff