This article has a strong school-at-home theme to it (which is fine, if that’s your style). Too bad other styles of homeschooling are not included in the run-down of “tools.”
The homeschooling structure in Iowa includes public funding for “home school assistance programs” (HSAPs) as well as dual-enrollment, so reviewing articles about Iowa is probably best done by an Iowan. Unfortunately, Iowa is under-represented here at NewsComm staff, as are 48 other states, so ‘we’ do the best ‘we’ can.
Home school program assists families with the “tools they need,” 11 August 2008, Boone News Republican, Boone, Iowa
As the 2008-09 school year draws near, it’s not only back to school for public school students, but also for students who are home schooled as part of the Boone Home Assist Program (HASAP).
“Back to school” needn’t be a specific date for homeschooled kids, but we can file that opinion in the ‘different strokes for different folks’ folder. The sentence that caught my eye, though, was:
In the beginning, Melton-Streeter said there was not a set curriculum for home school students like there is today.
Does Iowa have a “set curriculum?” I knew (vaguely) about the HSAPs, and Iowa’s relatively involved form of legal compliance (as compared to states such as Texas or Missouri), but I didn’t know there was a specific curriculum required. Intrigued, I went looking, and found the Handbook for Competent Private Instruction. Page 4 of the Handbook states,
- 7. Is there a particular curriculum that must be used to provide CPI?
No, the State of Iowa does not have a mandated curriculum for students who receive CPI. The type of curriculum and instructional materials is the decision of the parent/guardian.
I’m hoping that the context of “there was not a set curriculum” meant that there were fewer providers of prepared courses of study available nineteen years ago without some snail mail detective work on the part of the parent. At least, that’s how I remember it.
In any case, the Handbook for Competent Private Instruction does all the i-dotting and t-crossing that any Iowa homeschooler would need, to include a timeline. Iowans have a list of items to comply with, but not a set curriculum.