Try This At Home.
Cato entitles a post "Don't Try This At Home, Kids", which contradicts the intent. Do try this at home. Conventional school is a huge waste of time for any child of normal-or-above ability. A loving parent can teach a normally bright infant to decode the phonetic alphabet before that child can speak. A loving parent can teach a normally bright child to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers by age six, and to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals by age eight. With this preparation, children can start of the material high school teachers call "Algebra I", and with basic literacy and basic Algebra children can work independently on self-paced, self-selected studies. The conventional K-12 curriculum is a make-work program for dues-paying members of the NEA/AFT/AFSCME cartel. Compulsion detracts from education.