A while ago I saw the following paper online.Â I’ve had it sitting in my ‘drafts’ file since then as I’m no authority on accreditation, and the Connections Academy activity in Missouri had my attention, so my researching time was taken.Â
- A case studyÂ ofÂ the benefits of accreditation for home study programs for access to higher education in GeorgiaÂ by Angela Evans, now Assistant Director of Admissions for Counseling and recuiting/Home Shool LiaisonÂ (sic)
The paper contains many quotable parts, which isn’t surprising in an almost 150-page document.Â Some of the more colorful are,
- page 31:Â â€œThe home schooling movement will instead receive credit as a deviant â€˜â€œtailâ€â€™ that ends up wagging key pieces of the â€˜â€œdogâ€™â€ of public educationâ€ (Crowson, 2000, p. 299).
- page 32:Â Many parents are dissatisfied with the conventional methods of educating children while others are in support of unschooling (a New Left political movement aimed at disintegrating the class structure of society).
As much as I’d like it to be,Â this post isn’t about the contents of the disseration, but about the concept of “accrediting” the way homeschooling parents teach their children, something that is gaining credence in Georgia.Â Even rambling wrecks from Georgia Tech have caught the bug.
Georgia Tech Home School admissionÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
If a student does not attend a home school accredited by one of the approved organizations, the following documentation must be provided to be considered for admission:
Luckily for non-expert me, someone else is an expert, and she wrote a piece on the new trend in Georgia.
Guarding Our Birthright – the Question of Accreditation, by Mary HoodÂ Â Â Â Â
As far as Georgia goes, without a massive change of heart, Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™m going to see a steady erosion of homeschooling freedom until it is all gone. Once the high schools really have to be accredited, it will only be a matter of a few years before the middle school, and then the elementary school will go the same route. At that point, homeschooling as a genuine, unique option will have gone away and we will simply be one subset of the public education system.
The entire article is well worth the read.