Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency, reports that the National Education Association, as a group, would still like homeschooling to be tightly regulated.
The resolution on homeschooling, listed in the NEA’s 2005-2006 Resolutions, reads:
- B-73. Home Schooling The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state requirements. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.
The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.
The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2003)
I don’t see any problem with the last part of the resolution. Any school should have the authority to determine grade placement for any new student, regardless of the child’s prior schooling, because what is taught in one school isn’t necessarily what is taught in another school. I can’t say whether it’s preferable to put a child in with his social peers to spare his feelings, or to place him with a group whose level of learning most closely approximates his own current level. Luckily, for me, I never had to deal with this situation. It would be a tough decision.
In addition to the 2005/2006 wording, Mr. Antonucci reports that testing was added to the resolution.
- Education Intelligence Agency, 5 July 2006, Convention Coverage
2) Action on NBIs and Other Business. Here’s some of what the delegates did today:
Resolution B-73 on home schooling also passed, with the amendment that home schoolers “must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress.” The vote was close.
The anti-homeschooling language has been a stock feature of the NEA resolutions for some years now.
I realize that organized schools have different needs, populations, and modes of operating than do families schooling their children at home. Still, the NEA’s years-long bossy-boots attitude about parents trying, on their own and without using billions of dollars of taxpayer money (Ctrl F and search for “trillion”), to do their best for their children gives is irritating. Still, I suppose we’re in good company: NEA Resolutions, PDF-page 15, “The Association also opposes providing such funds, goods, or services to nonsectarian private schools or nonpublic school students in pre-K through 12 education, unless those funds, goods, or services are used for educational services that are not available in public schools to which students have reasonable access. The Association condemns and deplores federal policies and programs that serve to undermine Americas historical commitment to free public education. (1983, 2005)”
The ‘lemonade’ is that they don’t deplore us?