Saturday, February 04, 2006

Homeschooling and Accountability

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I had a conversation with a new homeschooler a while back. We were discussing how homeschooling has changed in the last 20 or so years. As we were chatting it became obvious that they were willing to let the state hold them accountable for their homeschooling; either through testing, registration, or some other means. "After all someone has to make sure that homeschoolers are doing what they are claiming to do." I have also received a few e-mails from readers who know people who claim to homeschool and yet are just trying to avoid truancy issues with the public schools. Claiming to homeschool provides "cover" for them.

So I have a few questions,

1. Who should homeschoolers be accountable to?

2. If you encounter someone who is failing to homeschool their children but claims to be what is the right response?

3. Do you think that homeschoolers need to "police their own" or face some sort of inevitable regulation?

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