The debate about the kernel at the center of the meaning of the word ‘homeschooling’ continues.
I’m part of the renewed discussion on the e-groups HS-Eclectic-Net and HEM-Writers. The online discussion in which I’ve participated is about five years old and much of it took place on the list formerly known as NHEN-Legislative (now just an announcement list, but the archives still exist), and the NHEN discussion forums (no longer active). The concerns expressed about the co-opting of the homeschool concept go back that far, and even farther in Home Education Magazine.
- November-December 1997, Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive
- January-February 1999, So What About That Free Lunch?
- January-February 1999, “Homeschooling” In Public Schools: A Dangerous Oxymoron
- September-October 2000, Homeschoolers, Is Our Good Name for Sale?
- March-April 2001, Your Homeschooling Decisions Affect My Homeschooling Freedoms
- March-April 2002, Let’s Not Let Cyber Charter Schools Do In Homeschooling
- May-June 2002, Problems With Putting Public E-Schools in Homes
- September-October 2002, Why Independence is Essential to Homeschooling
- November-December 2002, How William Bennett’s Public E-schools Affect Homeschooling
Still, references to the older discussions sometimes bring out the desire on the part of some members of the here-and-now generation for their elders to get out of the way because the old fogies are holding up progress with their antique ideas about the connections between academic autonomy and homeschooling freedom. I imagine that on some level the people fighting for their own place in the sun can sympathize deeply with Prince Charles of England whose mother became queen when she was only a bit older than Charles’s son, William, is now, and she still has a lock on that job.
posted by Valerie
… who in checking the Technorati links to make sure they didn’t go to funky German cheese-making sites, clicked on the name Kaseman, and found …
The Thinking Mother, Correct and Incorrect Use of the Word “Homeschooling”
I am on Larry and Susan Kaseman’s bandwagon that we need to use the right labels in the area of how we define what kind of education the child is getting. They have written about this topic in some of their columns in Home Education Magazine. Here is one of their thought-provoking articles about how homeschooling is not charter schooling and it is not an alternative education branch of a public school.