In the following article, I wonder why the sixteen years of homeschooling seven kids doesn’t give Mrs. White’s status at least the same weight as a teacher freshly graduated from a 4-year college?Â Surely sixteen years of being an educational chief cook and bottle washer should amount to some sort of accomplishment.Â Still, that may be a stylistic quibble on my part, but one which could have been pointed out by the writer.
- Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia, 14 March 2006, Va. law would lift degree requirement
After 16 years of home schooling her seven children, ages 5 to 19, Betsy White knows how to get them to read, to understand arithmetic and to research anything she doesn’t know.
But public school teachers have something White doesn’t have – a college degree.
There’s also the slight inaccuracy of Virginia being credited asÂ the ‘only’ state to require a college degree.
- Virginia is the only state that has a degree requirement for parents who home-school. Ten states require a high school diploma. The rest set no education requirements for parents.
North DakotaÂ includes a collegeÂ degree or teacher certification in its requirements, as does Tennessee.Â Michigan likesÂ bachelor’s degrees,Â and MinnestoaÂ has a fondness forÂ teaching licenses.Â Washington state wants 45 college quarter credit hours, and it’s hard to tell with Iowa.
Still, despite that research bobble, theÂ writer gathered opinions from many homeschool advocates, as well as theÂ de rigueur comments from public school officials.Â (someday I’d like to see the same favor granted to homeschool advocates in articles about public school legislation)
Good luck to the Virginians, and cheers to Governor Warner during his review of the bill.