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    Filed at 7:04 am under by dcobranchi

    That’s what the NitWit Times wants. The nitwits-in-chief really don’t understand home education at all.

    Indiana lawmakers are tinkering with the ISTEP exams again, this time to move them to the spring instead of autumn.

    …As the Indiana House was considering House Bill 1240 last week to make this change in the ISTEP, state Rep. Duane Cheney attempted, but failed, to amend the bill to include ISTEP tests for home-schooled students, too.

    Give him credit for trying to do the right thing, even though he suspected the chances for success were slim.

    …All too often, children who are being taught at home are failing to learn what their counterparts in public or private schools are supposed to be learning.

    …So how can it be determined that the children are actually learning if they don’t take the same standardized test that other students — those taught in a public school or a private school — must take?

    Too often, parents attempt to teach their children at home and then find they aren’t able to do it well. Then when the children are put back into a public school setting, they have fallen behind their classmates.

    There are home schooling success stories, but there are failures, too. Having home-schooled students take the ISTEP at the same time as students in private schools would give the parents teaching them the guidance they need to see how well their children are learning and what they might need extra help with.

    What’s so bad about that?

    It is unfortunate that home-schooled students won’t be tested, but at least Cheney helped raise awareness of that gap in the law. As Cubs fans know all too well, there’s always next year.

    Your opinion, please

    How can they not understand that homeschoolers do not necessarily follow the same scope & sequence as the g-schools? How many g-schools teach logic? Or Latin? Or teach from Great Books? Or just let the kids be kids and learn how they learn best? Forcing HEKs to take the state accountability tests is just a plain dumb idea. And it will be just as dumb next year.

    2 Responses to “YOUR OPINION PLEASE”

    Comment by
    Andrea R. in Missouri
    February 6th, 2006
    at 10:33 am

    We use the The Well-Trained Mind. I believe our curriculum is far more rigorous than the local public school.

    My daughter would probably be hard pressed to pass any social studies or science test they would give this year due to the differences in scope and sequence. For instance we won’t cover any earth science until next year. They have done a little bit at public school but they haven’t done the extensive study of life science that we have done this year.

    Maybe she would still beat them. She watches The Magic School Bus.

    Comment by
    February 10th, 2006
    at 2:20 am

    Unfortunately Andrea, that’s probably not the case. You know, text book publishers need to sell evermore text books. So they make up new names for things. Thus homeschooled first graders like my son, who can add, and subtract and even multiply and divide some, wouldn’t have a clue if you asked him to do “some went away?” like the dumbed down regular curriculum. Oh yeah – they’re dropping the writing portion of the ISTEP, too. He’s definitely not “my man mitch.”

    And salve Dale, where do you get a Latin curriculum for younger kids?