In this first linked article, a mom feels the need to be kept on the straight and narrow as she ventures into homeschooling. Perhaps it’s merely her choice of words that makes me feel ‘itchy,’ because, for me, one of the joys of homeschooling was being able to make adjustments as needed without someone looking over my shoulder.
Still, there is the homeschool benefit of ‘different strokes for different folks.’
- Hartselle Enquirer, Hartselle, Alabama, 2 August 2006, Get ready for back to school
Obviously, the other big change is the decision to home school our seventh grader. We have picked an “umbrella” school which makes sure we follow the rules.
There is the possibility that the writer means that the school takes care of the fiddly bits, leaving the family to get on with life.
- What’s amazing is there are many different methods and programs for home schooling and you can choose what works best for you and your child. However, there’s a lot to consider like what’s accredited and what’s not.
Because this writer comes from an ‘organized’ schooling background, and had some children still in school, the need for using an accredited program may be that the child who is being homeschooled might return to school. In that case, using a program that has had the educational equivalent of [insert musical plain chant] ‘my father plays dominoes better than your father’ said over it, makes sense.
School systems are under no obligation to honor the courses or grades provided from schools other than their own, a lesson learned over and over again my military families who transfer between school systems, systems that are almost unanimously accredited. Because of this, it is unrealistic to expect that all schools will accept credits, records, what have you, from a homeschooling program.
- WBRZ, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 9 August 2006, Appeal court orders evaluation of expelled teens work, status
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the Livingston Parish School Board or the state Department of Education to evaluate an expelled eighth-graders home-schooling efforts to determine if she can advance to the ninth grade.
In the elementary and junior high/middle school grades, a placement test should be adequate for re-entry. It is at the high school level, where the school awards a diploma, and it’s name is ‘on the line,’ where the greatest fiddlyness is encountered concerning whether a teen has qualified as having completed a course.
Colleges can be equally concerned about adequate preparation, but SAT/ACT scores go a long way towards validating portfolios or any grades and evaluations attached to courses.
For more about accreditation, and whether it is necessary, you can find further information at: