Many kinds of educational techniques work because kids aren’t all the same. Some respond better to This Technique, some to That Technique. The flourishing of human civilization around the globe is testimony to the adaptability of people in various places.
Despite the adaptability to various methods, using an alt.ed method doesn’t drop the technique into the homeschooling niche. Even though Iowa is ‘different’ than most other states in its homeschooling laws, an organized school still equals a form of organized schooling, not homeschooling.
School academy completes first year, 24 May 2007, Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa
A home-school academy comprised of 16 students, many of whom are siblings, completed its first year last week out of the basement of a north-side church.
Academy families pay $200 a month for a single student plus an annual book fee of $140 for the “Accelerated Christian Education” curriculum. Children attended grades one through 10 this year. Adult supervisors monitor the children’s work on a daily basis and supporting teachers Bill and Patti Hoyt, who both teach in the Des Moines public schools but home-schooled their own children, meet with the students quarterly to document their progress for the state of Iowa.
From the description, it sounds like a private school, which is a fine thing. It takes dedication and perseverance to successfully coordinate with other families to bring off something like this. But it’s one of the varieties of alt.ed, not homeschooling.
posted by Valerie