To at least prove the person home schooling knows what they are teaching and that the students are learning. Like a yearly test or something?Answer Question
Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 7:13 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
I am a teacher and I do think homeschooling should be allowed. For some families it's a great option.
I do think it should be regulated.
When I started teaching I had a student with a chronic head lice problem. The county policy was that students with live bugs were not allowed in class. She spent six months of the school year sitting in the front office. Her mom suddenly pulled her out of school to home school her because the school was humiliating her daughter and no one was going to make her cut her hair. They lived in a tent in a camping ground. I doubt the mother could even read.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:19 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 7:23 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
I had another student who's mom home schooled him after he finished my second grade class. She kept him home for his third grade year and then tried to enroll him fifth grade the following fall. She said she had covered the third and fourth grade curriculum. As evidence, she brought in two of those "everything kids should know in ____ grade" workbooks they sell everywhere. He had scribbled on tons of the pages and the ones did she never graded and were mostly wrong. His testing showed he was performing at a lower level than he was when he left my class a year before. he ended up back in third grade.
Those are just two examples of home school gone terribly wrong. It's also very common for parents to "home school" to avoid CPS. There should be regulations to protect the good home schoolers from bad ones making the whole practice seem inappropriate.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:25 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
waldorfmom, regulations vary greatly state to state. In FL once you turn in your paper work no one ever checks on what's going on.
I also taught adult ed and GED for years. Many of the teenagers enrolled had been home schooled and were unable to pass their GED test. Most of them admitted their parents never did much of anything. You'd be shocked how many people basically let their middle schooler drop out under the guise of home schooling because they don't like school. It's really unfair to these kids that when they turn 18 they only have a 6th grade education.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:29 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 7:43 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 7:49 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
waldorf mom, I'm glad your kids are so well adjusted. As I said I think there should be regulations to protect the majority of home schoolers, who like you, do a good job. People like the ones I mentioned above take advantage of homeschooling and do damage to their children. Those kids never even get diplomas much less apply to colleges. They don't represent all or most of the parents who home school, but they do exist and those kids need someone to speak for them.
And, no, my students time isn't wasted in my classroom.
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:53 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
Why would regulations be suffering? Responsible parents work from a curriculum. Would it really be "suffering" to provide evidence of what you are doing for your kids?
Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:55 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:27 PM on Jul. 24, 2009
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