According to Manasco, "home schoolers spend about $1,500 a year on books, software, videos, and other educational materials," a mere fraction of the expense entailed by tax-funded government schools. As to the child's social development, Manasco explains: "No one is arguing that technology be employed to the exclusion of human contact and personal warmth. Individualized learning hardly implies learning in isolation." To the contrary, communications technologies and networks "can enlarge one's set of possible associations and even allow for collaborative learning projects that cannot be replicated in the classroom. In a proper setting, they can help facilitate both individual and interpersonal skills."
Manasco is convinced that as "leaving or supplementing traditional schooling becomes more attractive and less costly, the egalitarian ideology and assembly-line pedagogy that dictate one-size-fits-all education cannot remain unchanged." (P.O. Box 526, Mr. Morris, IL 61054, $26) ·
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