More commentary from lots of people who don’t homeschool about the few that do.
California Reeling, 29 March 2008, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Locally, home-schooling parents worry about the copy cat effect. States who see what has transpired in California might get bright ideas to adopt similar credential mandates, said Hermitt, a married mom who home-schools Jordan and Jackson.
â€œIt might cause a ripple effect,â€ she said.
The California ruling goes against the grain of parental responsibility. Mom and dad are supposed to be a childâ€™s first teacher, whether they home-school or not.
The ruling appears even more absurd when you take education out the equation and apply it to other parental roles. Basically, it would mean that I canâ€™t teach my son how to grill jerk chicken because Iâ€™m not a chef. I canâ€™t teach my daughter how to parallel park because Iâ€™m not a certified driving instructor.
Gist of comments:
— ‘someone’ needs to make sure homeschooling parents are teaching their kids, not beating them
— probably not all homeschooling parents do thorough research about teaching their own children
— fundamentalists will brainwash their children
— anyone who has children is too stupid to teach anyone
— cashing in on the homeschooling craze
— homeschooled children aren’t under the eye of a bureaucracy
— accreditation needed to ensure standards
— another ad that seems to follow any California ruling report
— more accountability for everyone in Georgia because private schools do not require teacher certification, either
— why should only public school students be entitled to testing standards?
— everyone from teachers to kids should be tested every year
— test scores of homeschooled kids higher than that of the average public school student
— abolish the Department of Education
— California case mis-combined homeschooling with child abuse
— California’s legal system is a mess