Homeschoolers already keep their children out of school, but now the home education movement seems to be growing because of federal and state interventions in children’s and family privacy, along with incessant testing demands.
November 18 is National Keep Your Child Out of School Day in protest of the Common Core State Standards Initiative lurching into classrooms and curriculum used by public and private schools.
The Post-Standard reports a public school family has been getting a civics lesson outside the school building:
Central New York parents protest: National Keep Your Child Out of School Day By Charley Hannagan
Nov. 18 marks the start of American Education Week. That day the Karlik girls, Tatum, 15, and Abbey, 13, will stand with their mother in silent protest at the New York State Department of Education in Albany.
“I will use this as my way of teaching them we have freedom of assembly and freedom of speech and that’s how they will get their education that day,” Danielle Karlik said.
The Common Core is not without controversy. In New York, parents have opted their children out of state testing in protest, some have begun to home school their children, and others have called for the education commissioner’s resignation.
Upstate New Yorker, Janet Wilson, created National Keep Your Child Out of School Day to get the word out regarding Common Core – the latest education enterprise. Karlick continued with the parental concerns. From the Post-Standard:
Instead the test-driven implementation of the Common Core is filling her younger two daughters with “stress, anxiety and frustration,” she said.
Her husband also worries that the changes will push his younger daughters’ scores lower, possibly keeping them from earning college scholarships too.
So far hundreds of people from almost every county in New York and states as far away as Hawaii have said on the Facebook event page that they will be keeping their children out of school for the day in protest.
“The whole idea behind this protest is to raise awareness,” Wilson said. “This is more to send a message to Washington D.C.”
Wilson plans on homeschooling her young daughter. There is already some alarm in the homeschooling community with the database sharing and privacy issues for states that require homeschool registration or testing, so this has become a public and private education issue.
The Post-Standard put up a follow-up highlighting people’s comments to the above referenced article. Here’s the first reflection:
Are you kidding me? Great idea to remove your children from school and prevent them from learning what they need to know now. Dragging them with you to Albany will serve no purpose to them at this moment in time except figuring out what they missed in school that day. The worst thing we can do as parents is to remove our children from school. My daughter is an honors student never misses a day. If she doesn’t understand something she asks questions, stays after school for extra help and attends extra help sessions during the school day. Our children are not learning they way “we did” when we were in school. Times change, learning changes, find resources to help your children not remove them from school for a day, give me a break.– Colorguard
A few years ago, our family took a trip to the nation’s capitol during “School Hours”. Our twin boys sat a few rows away from us on the plane with a businessman who was very interested in our field trip. He asked them if they would be doing schoolwork during this trip. The implication was they were missing out on their education traveling to Washington, DC to see historic sites, visit the Capitol, meet our representatives and such. Colorguard’s narrow vision of two teens being dragged to Albany reminds me of that fellow. No, we did not bring schoolwork to DC. Our children learned the hands-on fun way. That type of learning seems to be what these parents are demonstrating for their children with this protest.