Reading, Writing, And Regulation, 10 July 2007, News Channel 7, Upstate South Carolina Homeschooling your child has been a legal option in South Carolina since 1992. While it’s a successful, rewarding experience for many families, at least one family believes the law may allow children to slip through the cracks.
I would like to know why there is no regulation.â€ Thatâ€™s what the father of an 8-year-old boy who is homeschooled by his mother wants to know. While he says his son recognizes simple words, he says he can’t read.
So how many students are being homeschooled under this third option with no checks and balances? No one knows. “I just found out this morning, and this doesn’t satisfy me, that those local districts have no responsibility to send that information to Columbia. We have no idea how many students are being homeschooled right now and that bothers me a little bit,” says Education and Public Works Chairman Rep. Bob Walker.
Meanwhile, Rep. Walker tells us we can expect legislation in the fall which will seek to strengthen homeschooling regulations and at least require homeschooling organizations to report to Columbia the data collected on the members of their association.
Reader reactions at the story’s website were:
Pro on the report:
— problem is parents unwilling to learn
— responsible parents – regulations – better schools [note: I assume the commenter meant "+" instead of "-"]
— four comments from relative about dysfunction in family
— mother does not seem to be doing her job
Con on the report:
— South Carolina schools have larger numbers of publicly schooled children not ‘at grade level’ than homeschooled children in the same condition
— sexual harassment in 3rd grade
— children learn at different rates
— crowded classrooms in public schools
— 8 year old children aren’t all strong readers
— South Carolina has a 54% graduation rate compared to a 70% national rate
— regulation hasn’t ironed out all the flaws in public schools
— sour grapes from estranged husband?
— each accountability group has its own rules
— using a family in which parents don’t agree on homeschooling indicates bias in report
— legislator interest in 3rd grader, but not in graduates without college skills
— story is family issue, not education issue
— scare tactics by media
— family needs to pull together rather than the state needing to change laws
— schools use magazines and internet, not books
— is issue about education or finance (given South Carolina’s laws)
— homeschoolers can tailor teaching in ways schools can’t
— teacher is homeschooling her own because of school experiences
— new reporter should visit homeschooling families to get a “more accurate representation”
— family quarrel
— homeschooling provides one-on-one attention
— reporter would probably find more non-reading 8-year-olds at school
— homeschooling is child-paced
— children can jump from reading-readiness to full scale reading in short time
— do research before next report on homeschooling
— it’s odd that the grandmother went to the media
— who is accountable for public school students who slip through the cracks?
— parent amazed at what her publicly schooled children didn’t know
— is homeschooling being used as a weapon in a divorce?
— average child in public school gets 6 1/2 hours per year of one-on-one attention from a teacher
— classroom time is divided 80/20 between keeping order and teaching
— reporter should research school violence
— what happened to NCLB? “They forgot mine!”
— South Carolina is poorly ranked nationwide so it would be hard to do worse than the schools
— compare homeschool success rate with public school success rate
— academic success of child rests with parent not matter where child goes to schools
— alumni of school dismayed at change between their school days and their child’s
— email addresses of legislator and school admins
— putting non-reader in school won’t help him
— more Big Brother
— homeschoolers have proven their worth
— Founding Fathers didn’t have public school
— children in public schools also fall through the cracks in the system
— early reading not necessary, especially in rich home environment
Two points on the news report, one about the legality of homeschooling, and the other about the report itself:
- HSLDA’s “History” Erodes the Foundations of Our Freedom, September-October 2001, Home Education Magazine
“Its central point is that homeschooling was illegal in nearly every state until HSLDA secured the freedom to homeschool. However, this thesis was not supported or documented in the paper and is totally false. Actually, HSLDA has relied on statutes, including legislation and court cases, which do not give us our freedom and which instead erode its foundations.”
- The news report sounds Jerry Springer-ish.
posted by Valerie