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    Filed at 3:18 pm under by dcobranchi

    California “homeschoolers” need to get off the public teat.

    [O]ver the past 15 years, home-schooling’s reputation has improved because because of public schools’ backing of it.

    Monterey County Home Charter School is a public school under the auspices of the Monterey County Office of Education. That school and Liberty are the only public schools in the county that offer home-schooling.

    …[A]lthough home-schoolers have more leeway in fulfilling their instruction hours, they’re monitored closely. Home-school students can fulfill their 20 hours of required weekly instruction whenever they want — at night or even on weekends.

    “We have 24 credentialed teachers that are all assigned families or students,” [Mary Kay Sgheiza, principal of Monterey County Home Charter School] said. “They visit those families on a weekly basis.”


    Comment by
    April 10th, 2004
    at 5:21 pm

    But homeschooling — real homeschooling — is legal in California. It’s not like this is the closest they can get, so they’re settling for it.

    For pity’s sake, if you want a state teacher to teach your child, why not just send them to the school?

    Comment by
    April 11th, 2004
    at 10:31 am

    The tone of this struck me, “I even had a parent one time who just wanted to bond more with her kid.”

    Imagine! Takes all kinds, huh?

    Comment by
    April 12th, 2004
    at 7:03 am

    I homeschooled my kids under this program in Monterey; it was fantastic. And after homeschooling in England, and now Germany (we’re a military family) I can’t say anything bad about it. I was allowed to use any curriculum I chose; homeschool in any manner I chose. Every week a teacher would come by and collect my attendance records and talk to me, find out what we were doing and offer any suggestions she might have, give me new web sites she had discovered, etc. Then she’d talk to the boys, if they wanted to, and leave. I know some families used the teacher to teach a particular class that they weren’t comfortable with. Also, they had a ton of planned homeschool activities (like whale watching, talent shows, science fairs, etc.)