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Should parents who homeschool have to meet some sort of minimum academic standards?

Why or why not?

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Asked by rkoloms at 6:24 PM on Jul. 23, 2010 in Parenting Debate

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  • Absolutely. I don't think that there is any other way to ensure the children are getting the best possible education.

    Answer by nicolemstacy at 6:27 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • I would think a certain standard should be set since they need to have mastered what's expected from a regular ciriculum.

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 6:28 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • It is a requirement of those who attend public schools to be upheld to a certain standard, and they cant drop out before a certain age. It is just better for the child to have standards! That way they can atleast function in the real world! After watching parent swap or whatever it shocked me to see what some people consider a home school education!?

    Answer by sweetstkissez22 at 6:28 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • It's really not my business how other parents educate their kids.

    Answer by alexxxxx at 6:30 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • yes,

    Answer by 1lilgirl at 6:40 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • NO, There are enough resources available these days for homeschooling parents that can assist a parent with teaching a child.

    Answer by mamallamaof2 at 6:40 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • Absolutely! I agree with alexxxxx on the point that it is not my business HOW other parents educate, but I believe it is our business as society to make sure that the children are in fact being educated. Someone that can't follow math more complicated than multiplication has no business teaching math. Someone that is lost on grammar has no business teaching English.

    Answer by Jessica157 at 6:41 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • No, there are plenty of resources available to homeschoolers. Most homeschoolers are aware of what their weaknesses are therefore, they out source, and get help from appropriate sources. It's can be common for parents and families to work together via co-ops and other homeschooling circles/sites. Every state has their own checks and balances already. Some states require more out of homeschoolers then others, but there are rules and regulations already. Some curriculum and vendors go as far as teaching the children via on-line or telephone conferences with teachers. Really there are endless possibilities with homeschooling. There is much more to it then sitting @ home with mom @ the kitchen table.

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 7:22 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • There are plenty of homeschool resources out there. Most homeschooling parents want their children to have the best possible education, which is why they do it in the first place. Yes, there are some "parents" out there who "homeschool" and are actually just lazy, but that is not the norm.

    Answer by squish at 7:28 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • The teachers don't, why should the parents? There are teachers who can't spell, use horrible grammar, even some who can't do math. You need a license from the state to teach, but in most states that doesn't require a degree first. Anyone can study enough to pass a test and forget it later.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:37 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

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