Do not stop the presses. The news isn’t earth shaking, just another brick in the wall.
Focus on targets, not funding, 11 July 2003, OC Register, Orange County, California
Q. I read your response to the parents who wanted to home school and have their student play CIF. Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District has an independent study program for families who choose to home school. …
A. These programs are run by school districts, and this means someone is monitoring the progress of the children being home schooled. … It is important that parents choosing home schooling consider these programs. These programs provide support, oversight, materials, and opportunities for students to interact with each other – not to mention the fact that these home school students are then able to participate in athletics, clubs, and other activities.
Replies … from the last century … to this line of thinking, which is neither new nor novel:
Homeschooling Families: Ready for the Next Decade A Foundation for Ongoing Conversations, National Homeschool Association’s Roundtable Conference held at Becket, Massachusetts, October, 1996
Vouchers We would not expect the government to give away tax money with no strings attached and no accountability. Government programs to supplement homeschoolers’ educational resources (by providing services or funding) would have accountability strings attached. We realize that vouchers given to families would lead to increased government presence in our homeschools. Vouchers inevitably lead to increased government regulation and unacceptable reductions in our homeschooling freedoms.
[note: the NHA disbanded ca. 1997/98]
Communicating the Strengths of Homeschooling, March-April 1997, Home Education Magazine
– Many public officials, misguided do-gooders, and others feel that they have an equal or greater responsibility for children than parents do. These people claim that they need extensive and specific information about homeschooling and what homeschoolers do. …
– As homeschoolers, we understand certain basic and fundamental information that many non-homeschoolers do not really know. … It sometimes feels like we have been entrusted with some critically important insights that are in danger of being stamped out by the pace, values, and technology our society is choosing. We know, for example, that parents can do more for children than professionals and institutions can. … We hold these insights like lighted candles in our hands, trying to prevent them from being put out and, when asked, trying to use them to light other candles. …
– As the general public’s acceptance of homeschooling increases, more conventional academic and commercial interests are now endorsing homeschooling by talking about it in very conventional terms. Such endorsements threaten to define homeschooling in conventional language and thereby decrease the uniqueness, flexibility, and freedoms that we homeschoolers now have.
Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive, November-December 1997, Home Education Magazine
Since conventional schools cannot do what homeschools can do, it follows that as homeschoolers we need to maintain our independence of conventional school mentality. In some ways, conventional schools are the opposite of homeschools. Homeschools allow, even require, people to take responsibility for themselves, while conventional schools require that people surrender responsibility and follow directions. Anyone enrolled is required to followed the rules, curriculum, and standards.
posted by Valerie