Thursday, May 19, 2005

Homeschool: Conviction or Preference (Part 2)

Wow, I appreciate all the responses to my question about your conviction to homeschool! I am going to print out them all paste them to my ceiling. That way when I first wake up in the morning I will feel "convicted" and get out of bed when I we would just "prefer" to stay put! They were very motivating?

I now would like to ask a hypothetical follow up question. If your child or children were prevented from getting into college because they didn't have the right credentials due to the fact that they were homeschooled would you still homeschool them through high school or would change what you are doing to meet those new requirements.

Before you question the validity of question, let me give you a little more information. (I have so much research on this but finding it on the internet is difficult and time consuming.) Many schools disctricts are moving toward an "endorsed diploma" or "certificate of initial mastery" (CIM) as a part of a high school diploma. A look at the Oregon Department of Education website is very informative. Here is a description of a CIM from Nov. 2004. And here is what it will mean to graduates in the future.

When you apply to attend a college or university, to get a job, to join the military, or to do volunteer work, the CIM can help you prove why you should be admitted, hired, or allowed to join. It shows you did more than just attend school, take classes, and graduate with a GPA. It shows you worked hard to achieve high standards - standards that people respect in the world beyond high school.
The direction education is heading is toward preference for those who obtain a CIM. A CIM is only obtainable with the passage of standardized tests and meeting certain things like 50 credit hours of "voluntary community service" (Is it really voluntary if you are required to do it for graduation? )
Community service is defined as unpaid service that is performed outside the school day for individuals or public organizations for the benefit of the community.
Homeschoolers would be forced to take state tests, and meet certain requirements and work without just compensation in order to obtain a CIM. (In Michigan it is part of the WorkKeys Program and run by ACT testing service.)

Work Keys is a workplace skills assessment system used nationwide by employers, students, workers, and educators. Developed by ACT, formerly known as American College Testing, Work Keys offers assessments to measure the current skill levels of workers, as well as occupational profiles and job profiles to document the skills required by occupations and specific jobs. Work Keys has become an integral part of Michigan’s career development system. Using Work Keys . . .

Employers can assess workers and customize training for a wide range of skilled jobs,
Students and workers can document and advance their employability skills, and
Educators can tailor instructional programs to help students acquire the skills employers need

Do you notice who is missing from the list...PARENTS. Please read, Should Homeschoolers Take MEAP for more information. And here are the convitions of a family in PA who is fighting this legal battle.

Do your covictions extend to the point where you would not submit to certain state requirements even if that meant your child could not get a CIM and advance in their academics?

(There is a Part 3 to this question. I will post it next week.)

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