It’s a diploma, but what’s it worth?, 21 January 2008, KHOU, Houston, Texas
At Furr High School on Houston’s east side, Principal Bertie Simmons wages war daily on an unseen enemy.
The future of a group of young people could very well hang in the balance.
“I wish everybody could understand when you sell a kid short you sell our society short. We’re each a part of it,” said Simmons.
They, according to Simmons, are the people at Marque Learning Center.
Billing itself as a Texas home school organization, Marque offers hope to people like Alex Juanopulos.
With that diploma, a cover explains, you’ll be able to attend any community college or university.
But here’s the deal, you don’t need a diploma to apply to Houston Community College.
You can simply take a placement test.
And as recently as a week ago, the Web site stated the center had applied for accreditation through the National Association of Private Schools.
The association says it has no record of Marque, and the statement has since been removed.
Businesses calling themselves ‘homeschooling’ are not new. This one just happens to be a private company rather than a state-run distance learning school. Of course, there are many other differences between a private business marketing itself to a specific group of people and a state organization with its various rules and qualifying requirements. But despite the differences, neither one is ‘homeschooling,’ any more than golf is baseball even though both sports require sticks to hit balls.
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