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If school work is to be done at home, why not home school?

web posted May 8, 2006

OPINION – Perhaps the Edgefield County School District should pay for home internet service for students. Almost every day students are required to take quizzes online or perform some other activity on the internet for classes. We do not begrudge the use of internet, we are Edgefield County’s first, and only, internet based media outlet. However, students are sent to school to get an education, not instructions on how to take tests and do class work at home.

With the near year round school year, one would think the school system would not invade family time during the week or weekends. Wrong.

More and more the at-home computer work required for students grows and the amount of family time diminishes. We have to ask, what is class time used for? Already the schools operate for ten months out of the year, which is ridiculous, and it seems the school is not able to complete assignments planned.

Students who do not have internet service at home are required to use their personal time at school to perform the test, quizzes, or other activities in the library. 

We are not saying the internet is not a valuable teaching tool, it is. However, in addition to regular homework, requiring students to take tests on the internet, at home, is going too far. If students are going to be spending so much time at home on the internet, perhaps parents should just home school their children and enjoy the full summer rather than just two months.

With the growing problems in public education, home schooling is becoming more and more attractive. One of the biggest problems is educators determining for parents which children they think should go to college and which should not, by the sixth or seventh grade. An issue we will address in an upcoming opinion.

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