|Four Types of Education
By: Rodger Williams
Here is a diagram showing why there are four types of education, rather than the three types (public school, private school, homeschool) commonly thought to exist: Four Kinds of Education.
Here is an example of why the three-types-of-education misperception works against us, from an email sent by former State Representative Cherryl Walker to the 2003 Oregon House of Representatives in opposition to the Oregon Home Education Freedom Bill:
I suggest that if they [home educators] really want freedom from state control they stop accepting State Department of Education money. Currently many of the home-schooling "institutes" (e.g. Read Institute of White City) receive approximately $4,000 per "home-schooled" student they have enrolled. Taxpayers who are paying for home-schooling should have accountability from the students. Home-schoolers have the benefits of public educated students: e.g. Laboratories, athletics, arts, etc. If they have the benefits, why should they be exempt from accountability?
The Four Kinds of Education diagram may also be helpful in explaining to those home educators taking public education funds why we need to draw distinctions.
This article is available for reprint in a "hard copy" publication by permission ONLY. To request permission to reprint Four Types of Education, please click here.