There is a new generation of homeschoolers out there, or that is what they call themselves. However, what they are doing, is jeopardizing the work that HSLDA and Homeschool Legal Advantage have done for the Homeschool movement. I didn’t understand the extent of the problem until last night, and now, I am quite concerned. I agree with the groups who say those using public school programs in home, should not be protected by or a part of HSLDA or other homeschool organizations working to preserve the legalities of real, parent involved homeschool.
Please note, when I say homeschool or homeschooler I am referring to independent homeschool parents, also known as traditional homeschooling…those who purchase their curriculum from someone other then the public or privately owned charter or virtual school. Public school refers to government run schools, whether virtual, charter or in a public classroom. Virtual School and Charter school refers to those schools which are run and or operated and funded by public schools which are funded by tax dollars.
You are protected already by the Virtual Public School. Your children are registered in a public school. You are not considered a homeschooler. The government is involved in your child’s education, whereas homeschooling has no government involvement within the home…
If you were homeschooling, and using homeschool curriculum that you picked out, paid for, and didn’t purchase from a public school or charter school, then you are not involving the government and would need HSLDA for protection. The online public schools are just school at home…
What I found when visiting with a few of the parents using these virtual schools in my area, is:
1. They are NOT interested in learning about other options.
2. They like the ease. No planning, hardly any grading and little involvement. Essentially, they just want their child out of the classroom, but don’t want to take on the responsibility to educate their children.
These virtual schools, are essentially teaching the same thing they would in a public school. READ THAT AGAIN…
Many of us who are homeschooling want to be sure to teach things from a Christian perspective, these virtual schools are NOT doing that.
What about Privately run virtual schools? Still…not the same as homeschool. You may get a better Christian Perspective taught to your children, but…still it is not what you may want taught. In most homeschools, parents hand pick, go through the lessons first and work VERY hard to be sure their children are receiving a quality, morally, and ethically sound education. In the typical Christian homeschool, they are also sure to be teaching from a Biblically sound perspective.
Why do I care? The hard work that many have spent making sure that we have the freedom to pick and choose what we teach and to even keep our children home is in jeopardy. Homeschool publishers and companies are facing a financial crunch as they loose customers to the “free government “homeschool candy”".
Oh, and about those computers and curriculum that they are handing out to those of you using these Charters and Virtual academies…umm, nothing but candy and just as healthy,,, or should I say unhealthy. Welcome Big Brother into your home…Big Brother in the form of government spies…
Also, the school running that charter or virtual school is getting a lot of money because you are using it. That is how they afford to give you that “candy”. My tax dollars are being used to educate your child who is HOME. Your tax dollars are not being used to educate my children who ARE HOME. See the difference?
Want to see a few facts about this:
- Private Christian Home Educators
- Homeschool Legal Defense Association
- Washington Homeschool Organization
- New York Post
I have heard many of the reasons many are using these.
To help them get started. Find a support network who is homeschooling and can help hold your hand and guide you.
Don’t have time to make plans and research…umm, do you really have time to have your children home then?
Makes it easy~Do we always want to show our children the easy way? Because, umm, being a Christian is not the easy way?
Only option my family believes is ok~umm, find a new family? No, but, educate them of the options available
Special needs~uhh, many of us educate our children with special needs, there are awesome support groups around the country, online and so much more. Check my sidebar for links.
I believe there are times that the virtual school or charter school may be helpful for a parent wanting to keep their children home. However, there needs to be a line drawn to separate and make know that using a virtual or charter school is not homeschool. Calling the two the same is giving homeschool up to the government, opening doors for laws that will mean less options in choices of the curriculum we use. I believe it is also the parents choice to choose what they use and what works for their family. Again, calling the virtual or charter schools homeschool will in the future lead to jeopardizing this freedom as the government’s free candy is going to be more likely to become more popular in an economic crisis…
In the end, this is a real threat that TRUE homeschoolers need to pay attention to. Our state organization that works hard at keep us safe is really struggling with this issue. Get on board and make a difference, a difference so your children will have the freedom to home educate. The future of home education is going to be a lot different if we don’t stand up to the Government.