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    Filed at 6:10 am under by dcobranchi

    In response to the Wilmington News-Journal pieces on home education:

    Teachers ought to help home-schooling parents

    Though some educators’ concerns and opinions about home schooling are valid, it reminds me of the saying, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

    I think before the power of unions encroaches past the front doors of private residents, we must see major improvement in closing the achievement gap. If that passion runs so deep, maybe concerned educators can volunteer time assisting parents who home-school. Though I’m pro-union, it appears the underlining concern is self-preservation to counter decreasing public school student population associated with private and charter schools.

    Many educators think standardized testing is flawed, and the curriculum and state standards are not quite aligned. They are reluctant to submit to teacher accountability tied to the state testing program.

    Bold parents defeated the three-tiered diploma, which cracked the accountability reform that in reality benefits educators who resist reform. Once this state can finally agree on acceptable standards, I see no problem with home-schoolers meeting grade equivalency tests.

    If we impose standards, then give back to home-school parents the local share of tax dollars to offset their costs. However, this would reduce revenues to public education and have an impact on well-deserved benefits to public school teachers.

    The union needs to clean up public school classrooms by demanding more control from the clueless dictators in Dover. If parents can give hours volunteering in schools, then reformists within the teachers union should volunteer in homes assisting students.

    John M. Allison, Wilmington

    For the most part, Mr. Allison is correct. The DSEA’s objection to home education is driven by the union mentality to preserve jobs at all costs. The math is simple: More students=more teachers=more dues money=more political power.

    His point about HEKs meeting the state standards is a non-starter. DE has the highest proportion of kids not in the g-schools. Approximately 1 in 5 attend private schools, and they don’t have to meet the state standards, either. And then there’s that little provision in NCLB about it not being applicable to HEKs. And, finally, since 2/3 of the state tax revenue goes to maintaining the g-schools, you can be assured that home educators won’t be seeing that money anytime soon.

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