Editor’s Note: In Texas, home-schoolers find respect

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

Leave it to Texas to throw a bomb at the education establishment. As a recent example, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed home-schooler mom Donna Bahorich to head the State Board Education.

Yes, that’s right—a mother who home-schooled her children from kindergarten through eighth grade. And she did it quite successfully; all three of her kids went to college and are now engineers.

But her appointment earlier this summer has led to gasps throughout the public school world. Opponents—the school “experts”—question how a mother who taught her own children could know anything about education.

The Texas Freedom Network, which strongly opposed her appointment, is worried that she’ll wage war against public schools. They criticize her support of vouchers and the fact she had the audacity not to send her own children to public schools.

Contrast what Abbott did to how the Michigan State Board of Education is treating home-schoolers. The State Board released a statement in June supporting a Democratic-sponsored bill that would require Michigan home-schoolers to register with their local district and check in twice a year with a government-approved entity. The bill is in response to a Detroit mother’s gruesome murder of her two children, which is tragic but has absolutely nothing to do with home schooling.

The Texas governor is proving he can think outside the box, and given stagnant academic performance in most of the U.S., that’s exactly what’s needed.