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    Filed at 8:34 am under by dcobranchi

    This article finally pushed me into signing the declaration. These folks really think they’re homeschooling. And, this quote, sends shivers up my spine:

    “Programs like this work so well because it helps you keep track of their learning,” said Laura VanHoy, Connor VanHoy’s mother. “It also helps for them to be accountable to someone other than me.”

    A wise homeschooling leader wrote: “Heaven save us from ‘homeschoolers’ like this.” (Thanks, Tim)


    Comment by
    February 26th, 2004
    at 3:00 pm

    I wish more people would understand the difference between the two.

    Nobody confuses people who tele-commute from home for a large company w/ people who own & run a business from their home… esp at tax time.

    Who is responsible for the overall business success plan & who pays the taxbill?

    Unless the telecommuter has some kind of quota system or accountability how does the Big Business know that he/she isn’t goofing off in their pj’s? The big business has a right to know if they are getting value for that person’s salary & if they’re doing their job well.

    However the home business owner by their very nature No Work equals No EAT & Business fails. Instant accountabilty to themselves.

    Noone ever seems to argue that the self-employed need more accountability to the government to make sure that they are running a good business & have food on the table.

    Comment by
    Ann Lahrson Fisher
    February 26th, 2004
    at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for posting this Washington link, Daryl, and for reminding us all of the problems that ensue when public/private are blurred. I would also point out that this characterization of homeschooling (as a public school activity) has been a a source of confusion in Washington state for YEARS. Don’t misunderstand – I don’t mind public school students gaining access to some of the benefits that homeschooled students enjoy. But it is a huge stretch to equate the two modes as equal, especially in Washington where these programs are unabashed homeschooler retrieval programs.

    We need to remember that folks who homeschool independently are doing something very different from – often far superior to – those who sign up at the local school.

    Thank you for your excellent work.

    Comment by
    February 27th, 2004
    at 5:44 am

    I can understand the ‘why’ behind giving in to the bright shiny lights of government sponsored elective classes, but I do not understand how people convince themselves that it’s perfectly free and without consequence. Yeah it would be *nice* to have extra resources for teaching, but the price you have to pay for those sorts of ‘homeschool’ activities is far too high.

    Comment by
    Tracy Merritt
    February 27th, 2004
    at 12:50 pm

    Great comments so far.
    I’m proud to have the freedom to homeschool. Not because I feel I’m better than any other parent who has taken a different path. It’s because I value the gift those before me gave to my family.
    Like it or not, government money always has strings attached. The confusion of “who is a homeschooler,” has led to more and more speculation that we *all* need someone to watch over us. After all, in the public’s eye, we “homeschoolers” are all taking those funds.
    (yeah like we need something else for people to look at us and gripe about)

    Many have shaken their fingers at us and suggested that we are hurting families using publicly funded cyber schools, because we ask that they not use the term “homeschooling.” They have suggested that we should just embrace them, and let them call what they do homeschooling, and move on. After all, we will have more allies that way.

    The reality is (as we expected), government funded cyber schools are growing by leaps and bounds. Now the problems we expected are catching up.

    Comment by
    R Mom
    August 29th, 2004
    at 8:24 pm

    Quote from previous post: “The reality is (as we expected), government funded cyber schools are growing by leaps and bounds. Now the problems we expected are catching up.”

    Can you please expound on what these problems are? What problems are/were expected due to the growth of government funded independent study programs, and which of those problems (and where) have actually appeared? Inquiring minds want to know . . .