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Home School: Is It Killing Public Schools?

A recent article claims that public schools lose out when gifted kids are home schooled. The idea is that public schools lose in part because the students left behind are deprived of what the gifted students have to offer the class room. In addition, the parents of gifted children are no longer sharing their concerns and ideas with the members of the school board.

The article goes on to say that the community sustains a great loss that can not be regained when gifted kids leave the public school system.

While some of what is claimed might be a little true, I think it is a perfectly bad reason to keep kids in public schools.

It's claimed in the article that public schools need the voices of these insightful parents. Gifted education needs the support of these dedicated parents who research gifted education, who study best practices, who analyze what is happening and what works. Most importantly, gifted education students need their home school peers in the classroom because they are going to be architects of future community schools.

Gifted education needs less separation and more unity. If every parent on the Gifted Home Schoolers Forum would consistently share their ideas, concerns, and passion with their local school boards, they might find that the public schools would become their schools of choice.

Many of the comments left by readers of this article disagree with the concepts brought forth. The challenge many shared was that they have tired to work with their local public school systems but many have been met with indifference from some and what came across as hate by others. The biggest challenge is that gifted kids are rotting away each day they stay in the public school. The parents and educators that disagree are concerned about the needs of each child that are not being met.

What I would like to know is what about the concept of public schools being in the business of serving their clients. Just as in any business if the client does not feel the services rendered are meeting their needs, they go elsewhere. If a system is failing to meet the needs of its clients; why should the client stay?

Do you think it's better to leave kids in a system that is failing them or get them into an environment where they can realize their full potential?

Share your thoughts...

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