posted on 06/09/2003 6:05:48 AM PDT
This type of proposal provides parents with a four track system. Public education that takes place in either an institution or at home and private education that takes place at either an institution or at home. If one wants to say that public home education is not home schooling, so be it.
However that's a semantic argument. The major question is whether or not it is a threat to private home education (or homeschooing if you will.) I think when we increase educational choices, it strengthens the ability for parents to choose private home education.
The public school system has two main arguments against homeschooling: 1) the kids need to be in an institution for socialization, and 2) the kids need the benefits of the curriculum and the expertise of a state-certified teacher. By supporting public home education, they have conceded point #1, reducing them only to argue the second point. I think they have weakened their position, not strengthened it.
posted on 06/09/2003 6:41:07 AM PDT
>>Charter schools are not homeschools: <<
Charter schools are privately owned schools that receive tax dollars from the state for each child.
They are virtual elementary schools. If what one is looking for is to keep one's child innocent of the liberal agenda and influence of troubled classmates, this is an option.
If one is looking to keep the government out of one's education, this is not for you.
However, if the homeschooling movement begins to infight, we will lose everything.
posted on 06/09/2003 7:06:22 AM PDT
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