You can read Connection Academy’s response to an accusation from Barbara Stein, manager of the 21st Century Initiatives at the National Education Association that the program is homeschooling:
Home Schools In Virtual Clothing?
Stein, from the NEA, questioned to what extent such programs are home schooling in disguise.
Stein, who has helped draft standards for online education nationwide, said neither she nor the NEA objects to them. But an excess of parent involvement raises concerns about quality and accountability. “There are concerns about deputizing whoever happens to be at the kitchen table as a teacher.”
Florida’s online academies are “very different” from home schooling, Miller said. “In the virtual school, all teachers are certified in the state of Florida. You have a teacher confirming what students are mastering.”
I am thankful for Connections Academy’s recent lucidity, but I have to wonder how any parent feels about the statement in this article that claims excessive parental involvement raises concerns about quality and accountability? Also, since when do parents have to be “deputized” to love, nurture and help their children? For the billionth time, I do not object to families using any program that works for them, but I do object to a parent being portrayed as an outside party being granted the privilege to participate by the government or some other entity. No matter what choice a family may make, a public school at home, public school, private school or homeschooling, the parent is responsible for choosing the academic option that best meets their child’s needs. If anyone is to be deputized, it would be someone else outside of the family wanting to help their child learn.
Ms. Stein should do her homework. You don’t have to deputize parents to enable them to teach their children. Parents love their children and have been finding resources for them and helping them explore their world since the day their child was born. .
Posted by Mary Nix