When ‘back-to-school’ means staying home: Educator-parents treat fall in their own way, 30 August 2007, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
But what does back-to-school mean for the approximately 2 million American kids educated at home?
Depending on whom you talk to, the annual rituals can be as traditional as shopping for supplies or as laissez-faire as getting out of bed in your jammy pants and heading to the dining-room table.
This article is ‘even handed’ which means to me that homeschooling isn’t a target, but that the ‘accountability’ is underlined. All in all, the article is not bad, but readers who do not homeschool will still nod when they read how the authorities keep homeschoolers in check, as we ought to be.
“But the Illinois courts have ruled that home schooling must provide an education that is equivalent to the standards set for public schools.”
The article also notes ‘changes’ in homeschooling, such as the perceived increase in black homeschoolers. For many older homeschooling parents (perhaps now ‘retired’), this is nothing new if they shopped during the 1990s for science supplies from Donna Nichols-White’s catalog, “The Drinking Gourd.” Grace Lewellyn, who gave us The Teenage Liberation Handbook, also wrote Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers, copyright 1996.
Then there’s the humorous observation about why homeschoolers start their lessons in September
In the past, home-schoolers were tied to the growing season.
I think the writer has homeschoolers confused with rural farming families.
“In the past” children who lived on farms had their schedules tied to the growing season regardless of where the children went to school, whether it was at home, or in a one-room schoolhouse such as the one I visited when I was a child. My farm-living cousins (I was so jealous!) went there, and my family happened to be visiting them, although for the life of me I can’t figure out why or when. I sat at the same desk with Cousin Kathy (all the relatives had relationship honorifics) for the day, and she’s younger than I am. Why wasn’t I in my own school, too? Oh, well. That’s a question lost in the mists of time.
Back at the article, unidentified “experts” say things.
The writer also notes that, “home-schoolers have less need for the latest fashions.” That’s because we’re out growing things. Duh.
posted by Valerie — in ‘overhauls’ today instead of jammy pants