Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » HEADS UP: TENNESSEE, PART 2

    Filed at 6:31 am under by dcobranchi

    Fallout from the case last month of the homeschooler who was years behind her g-school peers. Legislators and edu-crats are calling for increased regulation.

    State education officials say they plan to explore whether they need to take a more active role with home-schooled students. Currently, they maintain the same hands-off approach with those students as they do with those attending private schools.

    …”This state has an obligation to make sure its citizens are educated,” said state Rep. Mark Maddox, a Democrat from Dresden, adding that it might be time to tighten up the state’s home-school law. ”It would give home-school parents an extra assurance that their children are not behind their peers. I’d want to know my children are on an equal footing.”

    The paper does a pretty good job of presenting both sides. A home educating state legislator is also quoted as opposing increased regulation. The reporter also quotes Laura Derrick, head of NHEN (yes, there really is another national homeschooling group other than HSLDA).

    One minor quibble- I don’t think TN homeschooling laws are particularly friendly. Mandatory testing, required subjects, etc. Thank God I’m not there; I’d be one of the malcontents.

    3 Responses to “HEADS UP: TENNESSEE, PART 2”

    Comment by
    December 19th, 2004
    at 9:54 am

    YOu know, no child in the public schools has ever been found to be seveal years behind….

    Comment by
    December 19th, 2004
    at 5:17 pm

    Tell me. It isn’t so?

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    December 20th, 2004
    at 11:08 am

    “I’d want to know my children are on an equal footing.”

    Then you pay for an exam out of your pocket when you want one – so you can review it – like we do.

    Note the party of choice…