Reporting on news articles such as this, it is difficult to keep the ‘Inner Editor’ (who has a homeschooling viewpoint) from blue-penciling it from top to bottom to point out what the Editor sees as conclusions originating from a school-viewpoint. It is hard to tell if the school-viewpoint in articles of this type comes from the people interviewed, or is only how the reporter put the article together.
`A great time for home schooling,’ 3 January 2008, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Research and mentors helped Holding see she could be a good teacher for her children. She figured out curriculum choices, class scheduling and state records requirements.
Home schools must register with the state, and students must meet the same 180-day calendar and standardized testing requirements as public school students.
Children in pre-K through grade 12 meet weekly to learn memory work, give oral presentations, …
Home-school parent Leslie Jacobs teaches physical education classes for home-school students at the 521 Recreation Center.
I understand that articles such as these are written from a mainstream outlook, and that we can’t expect all the reporters in the world to have homeschooling as their point of reference in articles about local homeschooling. The institutional emphasis in these articles invisibly confirms the mainstream reader’s conception of (the unfortunately named) ‘homeschooling’ to be ‘organized schooling.’
Too bad we don’t have a time machine (and a great new name for raising kids in academic freedom — home autodidacticism? [too clunky] ) so someone could go back and seed those early news reports with a name other than ‘homeschooling.’
posted by Valerie