The May 19, 2007 online Wisconsin Paper, the Post-Crescent, recently wrote that there are “Two charter schools up for renewal” in an article By Kathy Walsh Nufer, Post-Crescent staff writer.
The article reports changes in a contract between The Wisconsin Connections Academy and the Appleton Area School District. The report describes the school as follows: “WCA, Wisconsin’s first online school to serve an elementary age population throughout the state, educates students via their home computers through a certified teacher based in Appleton. Parents act as learning coaches”.
Companies like WCA have invested a great deal in marketing as many homeschool families learn when these educational management organization’s come to town promoting their wares.
Some of these schools still continue to promote their schools on the coat-tails of home education and to that I say buyer beware. However, this May 19th article offers a glimmer of hope to those like myself who have only wanted to bring clarity to corporate claims that these schools are homeschooling but a bit better. Why? In the same article, WCA Administrator Nichole Schweitzer is quoted as saying, “There seems to be a natural cap on the number of people willing to turn over their freedom (with home schooling) and accept the accountability we require,” Schweitzer said.
Precisely what many of us have been saying all along. Certainly, one should choose this type of new public school program if it meets a child’s needs. However, home education, homeschooling, unschooling have all historically involved individuals not enrolling their children in public school because they do not wish to turn over their freedoms and enroll their child in one of these or any other public school.
Posted by Mary Nix