We need to help both the general public and homeschoolers realize the amazing possibilities of homeschooling, including the fact that homeschoolers can choose values other than the values promoted by public schools. To do this, it is important to keep people aware that while some homeschools may adopt the curriculums, values, standards, and approaches to learning that conventional schools use, most homeschools don’t. Instead, they include learner-led learning, one-on-one study, hands on activities, learning in the community and the world, etc. To keep homeschooling alive and well as an educational alternative, we homeschoolers must prevent it from becoming conventional public schooling that happens to take place in students’ home.
Since the 1970s, many homeschoolers in this country have worked courageously as families and thorough grassroots organizations to ensure that their rights to homeschool were recognized and respected. The concept of homeschooling as separate from and independent of public schools is a radical idea primarily because the growing consensus by the educational establishment, big business, and the media has been that attendance at a conventional public or private school was essential to a child’s education. It needed to be ensured through compulsory school attendance laws. However, homeschooling challenges this consensus.
Excerpted from Homeschool v. Home School: What’s In a Name? by Larry and Susan Kaseman, in the current May-June, 2010 issue. For over 20 years the Kasemans have shared their experience and expertise with the readers of Home Education Magazine. Just one more reason to support the magazine that has supported homeschooling families since 1984 with a subscription to Home Education Magazine!