One side effect of the current pandemic is that a lot of parents are finding themselves in the position of taking on the responsibility of educating their own children. While many schools have some form of remote teaching in place, it’s not the same as being in the classroom and some students need extra help from their parents. With the schools closed and many parents being stuck at home as well, why not, right?
But at least one Harvard professor sees this as a “dangerous” trend and fears that some uppity parents may get used to the idea and look at homeschooling on a permanent basis. And Professor Elizabeth Barholet is having none of it. In fact, she wants homeschooling to be banned altogether. (Washington Examiner)
A professor at Harvard University is calling for a “presumptive ban” on home schooling because the practice infringes on the rights of children.
“We have an essentially unregulated regime in the area of homeschooling,” Elizabeth Bartholet, a Wasserstein public interest professor of law and faculty director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, told Harvard Magazine. “If you look at the legal regime governing homeschooling, there are very few requirements that parents do anything.”
Bartholet said the lack of oversight for people parenting their children leads to an increased risk of students not getting a proper education.