Oklahoma math teacher decides to homeschool her own children

July 31, 2013

Today would have been the 101st birthday of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who died in 2006 at the age of 94.

Friedman once observed that the explosive growth of homeschooling in this country is “evidence of the failure of our current education system. There is no other complex field in our society in which do-it-yourself beats out factory production or market production. Nobody makes his or her own car. But it still is the case that parents can perform the job of educating their children, in many cases better than our present education system.”

It’s not only doctors and lawyers who are joining the nation’s fastest-growing educational sector. Even some teachers, like Marcie Robbins of Bartlesville, are turning to homeschooling.

“I was a high school math teacher in public schools, and I was seeing these older students struggling with the fundamentals and the basics of math and was never able to reach that higher level of knowledge with them,” Robbins recently told the Miami News-Record.

Sadly, this comes as no surprise. A new data tool called the Global Report Card makes clear just how poorly Oklahoma’s school districts stack up internationally.

“I didn’t want that for my three kids,” Robbins said, “and I wanted to be involved in my children’s education.”

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