Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Homeschooling: Preference or Conviction?

In early 2005, I did a blog series asking readers whether homeschooling was a preference or a conviction based on my own changing thoughts on education and homeschooling.

One of questions I asked was
If your child or children were prevented from getting into college because they didn't have the right credentials (Certificate of Initial Mastery, CIM) due to the fact that they were homeschooled would you still homeschool them through high school or would you change what you are doing to meet those new requirements.
That question was based on the quote then available on the Oregon Department of Ed website .
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.
Given Obama is now the President and the likelihood of internationally benchmarked national standards and testing are more likely than when I originally posted, I'd like to ask again:

Is homeschooling a preference or a conviction for your family?

And if it's a conviction, do your convictions about extend to the point where you would still homeschool through high school and NOT submit to certain federal testing requirements even if that meant that your child could not obtain a "respectable" diploma and advance in their college or career?

By the way, I asked the same question on my Facebook, a friend wrote, "In the fall homeschooling is a conviction, in the spring it's a preference." Agreed.

(You can read the original post, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three here)

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