Despite positive news articles about homeschooled kids, some people feel this is not enough. They want standardized accountability, as attached to the spending of public funds in public schools, applied to children in all families.
Standards needed for home schools, 12 September 2007, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Nowhere did I read in the Department of Education’s letter to me that “Indiana law also states that the child has to have an equivalent education to the public school system” as the Devenses wrote.
The most frightening statement in the Devenses’ letter is their belief that it is not “the government’s job to say what your child learns.” Every society has always determined what elements of its culture to pass on to its children, or that culture would disintegrate. The government is simply the representative of the people.
There is simply no accountability placed on home schooling.
- The compulsory school attendance law requires all children to attend a school taught in the English language …
- Parents who choose to home educate are required to report their home school’s enrollment to the Indiana Department of Education upon request of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction …
- You decide which days your school will be in session, and how long to teach each day. In the case of mid-year transfers, days attended at the first school count toward the 180 day total at the home school.
- Please note that the law allows local public school superintendents to request copies of your child’s attendance records to verify attendance.
- If there is ever a question of educational neglect, keeping good attendance records and other documentation regarding attendance and continuing educational activity is highly instrumental in addressing these concerns.
- Students who are issued a diploma by the administrator (parent or legal guardian) of an Indiana home school possess a legally issued, non-accredited diploma according to the State of Indiana.
- Indiana law requires home schools to give instruction equivalent to public schools but does not bind any requirements set forth with regard to curriculum or the content of educational programs offered by the school.
[emphasis added, just to keep things clear]
posted by Valerie