A homeschooling mom in British Columbia is starting a support group.
Learning at home, 29 August 2007, Prince George Free Press, British Columbia, Canada
The Prince George mother has heard all the arguments for and against home schooling but thinks the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
“People say traditional schooling encourages better socialization but I’ve found just the opposite. There’s lots of opportunity for that with home schooling because children can get involved in so many activities. My children do lots of things in the community and even do volunteer work, so they [interact] with others all the time. Really, the problem is to get them back to their school work,” she said, laughing.
There is no blueprint for how parents or caregivers choose to conduct classes, said McConnell. Some home schooling situations are more structured than others.
The article includes the ‘accountability.’
Homeschool programs are not supervised by a B.C. certified teacher, are not required to meet provincial standards and are not inspected by the Ministry of Education. Homeschooling programs are not accredited by the ministry.
Parents are required to register their homeschooled children with a public, independent, Francophone or distance education school. For more information about homeschooling go to the British Columbia Home Learners Association website.
British Columbia requires children to be registered somewhere (see section 13).
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