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    Filed at 9:32 am under by dcobranchi

    Not too shabby.

    Friday, October 26, 2007 8:10 PM US/Western

    Not all home schooled families are alike

    To the Editor:

    I would like to respond to Darla Sautter’s letter about home schooling and the school district’s Parent Partnership Program. First of all, in fairness to Mr. Glenewinkel, I do believe that his aim is honestly the success of all students in this school district, and that is why he has expanded the district’s focus to be more inclusive of those children who fall outside of the mainstream in whatever capacity. Secondly, when Mr. Glenewinkel asked me to start the Parent Partnership Program, he was indeed interested in learning from the home-school movement, and putting some of those practices into public school. My instructions were to go to the families in the district who were home schooling their children; find out what their wants, needs, and interests were; and construct a program based on that information. (By the way, contacting home schoolers is not always a simple and easy task, especially if one is trying to respect their privacy, as I am.) As Ms. Sautter stated in her letter, there are clearly some home-schooling families who are quite happy with their situation, and who don’t feel they want or need anything from the school district. That’s great, and I mean that sincerely.

    However, in the 19 months that I have been working in this position, I have found one thing to be true: It is extremely difficult to lump home schoolers into one group and represent them as if they all shared the same characteristics. The families I have come into contact with are as diverse as they can possibly be (which is one of the reasons I find my job so attractive and rewarding). As a result, there are some families who greatly appreciate and benefit from the free materials, fun activities, social interaction, academic support, and moral support the Parent Partnership Program has to offer. Those are the families this program is aimed at and serves, and there are enough of them in this valley to justify the district’s financing of this position. For parents interested in or even curious about the Parent Partnership Program, I look forward to speaking with you and welcome your phone calls, questions, and input.

    Sarah N. Bicchieri
    coordinator of the Parent Partnership Program

    One Response to “LOTD”

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    October 27th, 2007
    at 10:39 am

    She sounds sane! How refreshing! 🙂