One of the benefits of homeschooling is that the people in a family make educational decisions for themselves. When organizations offer homeschool assistance programs, the choices parents might make on their own are transferred to a program administrator.
Some home-schoolers shun shared campus, 14 November 2007, Snohomish County as reported in the Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington
Home-school parents were concerned about student safety, particularly for elementary students in the program.
“They voted with their feet. They felt fear and they felt betrayed,” said Anne-Marie Lake, a parent who elected to keep her two children enrolled in the home-school program.
Lake and other parents who stayed, as well as principals at the two schools, say the shift to a shared campus has been largely trouble-free. Enrollment is climbing again and is currently at 426. And security measures appear to have minimized conflicts. The two schools have separate entrances and separate parking lots, and there are frequent campus patrols.
Obviously, no one was forced to remain in the program, so the ability of parents to provide the education they desired for their children was not compromised. It is curious, though, that these kinds of stories attract so much reporterly interest. It is also curious that kids and teens who have been judged to need an ‘alternative’ school can be put with kids who are being schooled alternatively, but not ‘alternatively,’ but the ‘alternative’ kids can’t be put with schooled kids. Also, why was a facility deemed large enough for one group of kids (before the exodus), but then another group could be added on? Did the size of the building change?
Not only do the decision-makers change, but the questions about the decisions change, too.
posted by Valerie