Then why are you studying to be part pf a system you think is not benefical for the child?
Stop wasting our(7-12) resources on something you feel to be wrong then
I'm a little biased against education classes, but I don't think this is fair. You and Arachne are both looking at this too black and white.
I won't answer for TheMathematician, but what I'm against is the current situation of completely unmoderated homeschooling. As it is, any ignoramus out there can keep their children out of school and teach them (for certain values of the word) whatever they imagine is necessary.
What I asked is whether a knowledge of child psychology and teaching methodologies is necessary to make one a successful teacher. If such knowledge is necessary, then a parent should acquire it and prove it before they are allowed to homeschool. If such knowledge is not necessary and anyone can do it, then training such educators is a waste all around.
That's authoritarian, though. Parents are also people and not everybody who has enough time and money to have kids is also going to have the money, time, or interest necessary to get an education degree.
This is not to mention all the different kinds of education degrees that there are. If they only have an Early Childhood Ed. degree, are we only going to let them educate their kids until middle school? What about parents with developmentally disabled kids? Do they need a degree in Special Ed just to have their kids live at home?
I could support a state test and license with interviews, references, and home inspection. Anything else goes too far.
Even issuing a state license with interviews, references, and home inspection could be draconian.
If the state were to inspect and issue licenses for all homeschooling cases, then parents might not pass as not every parent has the financial means to provide an individual bedroom for each child. In some families, there are three to four children sharing a bedroom using bunkbeds.
And then the parents might not have time to instruct their children if they have to spend time in higher education first getting their early childhood instructor's license, then their K-8 teaching credential, then their high school credentials.
An early childhood instructor's license takes at least two years full time at a community college.
The K-8 teaching credential takes another four years: two more years to get a B.A., then another two years for the credential.
The high school credentials would take at least one to two more years.
So the parents would need at least six to eight years of full time teacher's education to teach their children through high school.
Now calculate the expense: College aint cheap folks.
Let's say that the Community college would cost about $10,000 per year (including books, transportation, fees, and tuition). Two years x 10,000 = $20,000
University might cost $20,000 per year (including books, transportation, fees, and tuition)
Six years x 20,000 = $120,000
Total costs $140,000.
Now factor in the costs of child care during those college years at $400 to $800 per month or more with more children.
Who, but the royalty and upper class, can afford to homeschool their children?