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    Filed at 11:36 am under by dcobranchi

    California has such a bewildering array of schools and their homeschooling laws are so opaque that I’m just not sure. The article calls it homeschooling but it sounds like some form of cyber public school. The kids are “enrolled” and have to take the standardized tests. This quote raised the hairs on the back of my neck:

    Stan Miller, Nevada County’s assistant superintendent of schools, said home schooling has quickly shed its novelty status…”I think the state has made it a lot easier to govern home schools.”

    Only an edu-crat could rejoice at that one.

    One Response to “IS THIS HOMESCHOOLING?”

    Comment by
    September 29th, 2003
    at 12:59 pm

    I, too, find Stan Miller’s comment a bit on the onerous side, but I do think these kinds of ISP schools fit under the broad homeschooling umbrella. I say this speaking from personal experience.

    My son, who is in 6th grade, attends a California charter school that offers a choice of either a combination of school/homeschool or straight homeschooling. The school/homeschool option is the one we use with my son going to school two days a week and the other three days of the week he’s learning at home with me.

    The school follows a classical curriculum and even though I’m provided a curriculum, I’m free to adjust it to suit my son’s needs in whatever way I see fit. For those who choose the straight homeschooling option, the school provides a curriculum or you can choose whatever curriculum you’d like and they purchase it for you.

    There are some state guidelines we follow by participating in a charter school and it’s definitely not for the homeschooling purist, but it’s a fantastic option for our family. I personally wouldn’t take on full-time homeschooling. Through this school, I’m able to give my son the kind of individualized curriculum I’d like him to have and a part-time school experience he wants.

    It’s not traditional homeschooling. It’s not traditional school. It’s a customized option somewhere in the middle.