On email lists, there has been a small flurry of emails wanting to know about a new group, the “U.S. HomeschoolÂ Association.” E-mails from that organization have been arriving in the inboxes of “group leaders” in the “homeschooling community.”
I went to the website, created an account, and looked around.Â The links go to HSLDA pages, and the organization seems to have ambitious goals:
- What kind of graduation and diploma does a homeschooled child receive?
Homeschool groups throughout the country sponsor graduation ceremonies for their graduating seniors.Â Individual states determine what is required for graduation, the type of diploma, and how it is to be issued. Some states require that you, as the educator, issue the diploma.Â One of the goals of the U.S. Homeschool Association is to be able to provide a standardized diploma for all homeschooled graduates.
And how’s that going to play out given that the states each have individualized education and homeschooling requirements?Â And what about states where homeschooling parents can already issue their own diplomas?Â Imagine trying to iron out the differences between all the homeschooling families in one state alone.
Also, military families have been dealing with this sort of thing for decades when their kids have to move in the junior or senior years of high school.
- 2001 Survey of Army Families IVÂ Â [PDF-page 31]Â Â Â
Q95. Spouses with high school-aged children who accompanied them on PCS* moves reported their child(ren) experienced the following problems because of changing schools:
- Difficulty making social adjustments (make new friends, etc.) in the new school (44.0%)
- Timing of move had a negative effect on participation in school-sponsored activities (29.1%)
- Fell behind in coursework because of moving (28.7%) – Felt under-challenged because of quality of education at the new school (27.1%)
- Lost credit (no credit given) for a course completed (24.9%)
- Felt over-challenged because of quality of education at new school (17.1%)
- Lost credit because the course was not offered at the new school (and thus could not be completed) (15.1%)
*PCS = “permanent change of station,” a transfer