In states where ‘homeschool attendance’ is to be reported to school officials, it’s always amused me to considerÂ how a child can be absent.Â Since I’m of an unschoolish nature, my amusement is compounded since children are always learning.Â How can children be absent from …. themselves?
- Tribune & Georgian, Camden County, Georgia, 14 October 2005, Attendance officer keeps tabs on Camden’s students
Andrews is also the attendance contact for Camden students enrolled in private schools. The schools are required by Georgia law to send in an attendance report each month. And she is in charge of attendance for students being home schooled, as well. At present there are 223 families in Camden County who are home schooling their children.
Homeschool Morning:Â An Incredibly Short Play
Scene:Â Dining room with view of kitchen through door.Â It is winter and through a windowÂ the audience can see the snow-laden boughs of aÂ spruce.Â
Characters:Â Mother, Daughter and Son
Son wanders in to dining room in his pajamas and sits down.Â He yawns, crosses his arms on the table, and lays his head down on his arms.
Mother peeks around entry way to kitchen and sees son.Â She returns to the kitchen where she is making breakfast.
Daughter wanders in to dining room, and sits down across from her brother.
Daughter:Â Yawns, then asks:Â Â "Mom, is breakfast almost ready?"
Mother:Â "Yes.Â Â The oatmealÂ will be just a couple more minutes.Â Oh, since you’re both here, I should take attendance.Â Johnnie?"
Son:Â Mumbles into his folded arms:Â "Here."
Mother:Â "Good, you’re both here."
Sound of microwave timer dinging.
Mom:Â "Oatmeal’s ready!"
End of scene.
Now, of course the objection may be that Mom wouldn’t take attendance during breakfast.Â But would she really misplace her children between then and when they commence doing whatever it is the rest of their day consists of?