Thursday May 16, 2024

Strings Attached: The Risks and Realities of School Choice - Aby Rinella, Part 3

"If the money follows your child, then the government follows the money." ~ Aby Rinella

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Dive deep into the important discussion of school choice and government influence in homeschooling on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast. Join host Yvette Hampton and guest Aby Rinella as they explore the implications of accepting government money, the challenges to homeschooling freedom, and the broader societal impacts. This episode is a must-watch for any parent contemplating the shift towards homeschooling or those already in it who are considering their funding options. Listen to expert opinions, insightful analogies, and thought-provoking commentary on why homeschool independence is vital. #Homeschooling #SchoolChoice #EducationalFreedom

Come back tomorrow for the rest of this important four-part conversation.

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Recommended Resources:

Podcast Note-Taking Guide

School Choice: Unmasking the Euphemism (Article) (Get involved in your state Homeschool Organization)

UNESCO – Global Education Monitoring Report

Related Podcast Episodes:

Why Homeschool? - Aby Rinella

Zan Tyler – The Fight for Educational Freedom

The Truth about School Choice - Alex Newman

How Common Core and School Choice Affect Homeschoolers - Alex Newman

Embracing Educational Freedom: Alex Newman and Leigh Bortins

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Discussion Questions:

1. What are some of the main concerns Yvette and Aby express about accepting government money for homeschooling? How do they think it could impact future homeschooling freedom?

2. Aby Rinella mentions the phrase "he who pays the piper picks the song." How does this metaphor relate to the idea of government funding in education? Do you agree with this perspective?

3. Discuss the concept of the money following the student versus government influence following the money. 

4. Aby and Yvette discuss the complexities of the idea that "it's my tax money" regarding school funding. Explore alternative ways that taxpayers could have more control or say in how their tax money is used without leading to increased government control over education choices.

5. How do Yvette and Aby address the criticism that opposing government funding for private education is a socialist or anti-conservative viewpoint? Discuss the counterarguments they present.

6. According to Aby and Yvette, why is it dangerous to create dependence on government funding for homeschooling? Can you think of any historical or contemporary examples where government dependency has been problematic?

7. Discuss the broader social and economic implications of a voucher system as explained by Aby. How might such a system alter the landscape of education funding and accountability?

8. Both Yvette and Aby emphasize the importance of handling educational choices without government interference. How can communities support educational freedom and quality without falling into the traps of government overreach?

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