Sect children to begin home school, 2 May 2008, Corpus Christi Caller Times, Corpus Christi, Texas
The children taken from a polygamist sect staying at a Corpus Christi emergency shelter will begin home schooling today.
Delma Trejo, director of The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth, said the children will receive instruction at the center from two certified teachers through the Calallen Independent School District. Children at the center must be enrolled in school per Texas law, and will be taught classes on par with their age and grade level.
Ark staff has been meeting with Calallen officials for most of this week developing a suitable curriculum and assessing the children’s proficiency level.
The lack of logic on the part of the reporter, and the biased comments on the parts of the readers doesn’t astound me, but it definitely makes me shake my head. Homeschooling is generally understood to be independent of state organization, but the description of the provided schooling is anything but ‘independent.’
- full instruction from non-family teachers for a group of children
- enrolled per Texas law
- grade-level testing
I realize that many educational elements can be fudged and an education can still be ‘homeschooling;’ however, not all of them simultaneously. The schooling the children are now receiving will be a modified version of regular public schooling, which is to be expected. But to presume that because some people have labeled the private schooling the children already received as ‘homeschooling,’ that any other education they received would also be homeschooling, is nonsense.
Characterizing any education of the FLDS children as ‘homeschooling,’ regardless of form, only serves to confirm one prejudice with another.