There are some articles that just shouldn’t make it out of the ‘typewriter.’
The Daily Athenaeum Interactive, Morgantown, West Virginia, 10 January 2007, Number of home-schooled children in U.S. on the rise
The number of children across the United States who are being held out of public schools in favor of being home-schooled is higher than most people would think.
#1, kids aren’t job-fodder for the education industry, and #2 the public schools exist to serve the children, not the other way around. Children have a right to public education. Public education does not have a right to the children.
David Callejo, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at West Virginia University, said home schooling was originally a domain for families who were religious and did not believe the values taught in public schools met their own.
That’s a sweeping statement that completely discounts the ordinary people who undertook homeschooling at the beginning of the return to home education, as well as the works of early homeschooling advocates such as John Holt and Raymond and Dorothy Moore.
There are certain steps parents must go through if they want to teach their children at home, Callejo said.
And there are “certain steps” people must take to get the newspaper every morning. But the implication in the article’s “certain steps” is that they are statutory requirements, and that they are uniform across the country since the example used in the article is Alabama, and the article was published in a West Virginia newspaper.
Parents who wish to home school their children who would normally be in high school, Callejo said, need at least two years of college education.
I don’t know where he got that idea because it isn’t the case in West Virginia where Mr. Callejo teaches. In ten states, no notice of intent to homeschool is required, and in a further fifteen (to include the referenced Alabama) regulation is ‘low.’ Among the ‘high’ regulation states, North Dakota is the only one I found that has the requirement that the parent supervising the homeschooling needs a baccalaureate degree. Perhaps Mr. Callejo is a native of North Dakota?
There is no one-size-fits-all national requirement for homeschooling, or for homeschooling teens, much less the condition of a parent possessing two years of college education. College education is all well and good, but it isn’t mandatory for quality parenting that includes homeschooling.
A big difference between home schooling and public schools is the lack of social interaction, Callejo said, but added that home schooling is no longer a disadvantage for students when it comes to applying for college.
This article was written in which century?
There are reasonable statements in the article, but these fatal errors make it of little value overall to the person unfamiliar with homeschooling.
posted by Valerie