It’s a shame Pennsylvania has such oppressive homeschool regulations. This Daily American Online article lays out the time spent and tax money that could be saved, if only Pennsylvania homeschoolers had more freedom.
Meyersdale weighs impact of alternative schools By Alyssa Choiniere
[Curriculum director] Kretchman works with homeschool parents on curriculum and signs off on portfolios completed by parents and students at the end of the year.
“We’re very involved in the curriculum,” he said. “I’m working beside them the whole time.”
Homeschooled students are required to take regular standardized tests to ensure they are on the same level as their peers in brick-and-mortar schools.
He said he spends about three or four weeks each summer working with homeschooled students and their parents.
The above activities are proven non-necessities in so many states for millions of homeschoolers. Public schools do not need to be involved in homeschooling. They tend to just get in the way. Look at what Pennsylvania homeschoolers do all by themselves without all that ‘help’.
Meet central Pennsylvania home-school students in ‘St. Louis’ by Tricia Kline via The Patriot News
“It’s a big group project,” Dincher said. “It’s been a great experience for them to work together as a team … to give something to the community.”
Art and Drama students from the homeschool co-op, Creative Home Educator Support Services, also are assisting with the production.
Tavia Fuller Armstrong laid out a great argument in How Homeschooling Saves Taxpayers Money. Pennsylvania leaders would do well to pay attention.
Homeschooling is growing in acceptance, but is still frowned upon by many. It doesn’t seem to matter how well homeschooled students do on standardized tests like the SAT or how they excel in higher education. It doesn’t matter that homeschool groups and other local organizations provide students with ample opportunities for extracurricular activities and socialization. A lot of people still disapprove. I think that if they knew how many ways homeschoolers saved U.S. taxpayers money, they might change their minds.
Read on at Yahoo Voices.