Post # 1
An aquaintance of mine just announced via FB that she would be homeschooling her kids. My issue with this is that this girl just barely graduated high school and writes like a first grader. Seriously, her grammar and spelling is atrocious. Generally, I’m opposed to the government interference in parenting. However, when it comes to homeschooling I believe that there should be some kind of regulations in place to ensure that children receive a proper foundation for education.
Post # 3
I voted “other”.
I think there should be some sort of class and/or test a parent needs to take before being able to homeschool their kids.
I know some incredibly intelligent and accomplished people who don’t have college degrees. (My grandfather was a high-school drop-out, yet he was an engineer and held several patents.) And on the flip-side, I know some people with PhDs who are dumb as a brick.
Post # 4
@abbyful: I know some incredibly intelligent and accomplished people who don’t have college degrees. (My grandfather was a high-school drop-out, yet he was an engineer and held several patents.) And on the flip-side, I know some people with PhDs who are dumb as a brick. +1
I don’t think you need to have college education to be homeschooling your kids for this exact reason. Plus a lot of homeschoolers have groups where its not just the one parent teaching, they all teach their strengths. BUT at a minimum I think you should have at least graduated the level you’re teaching
Post # 5
@abbyful: Meh. I meant to add an option for a test. I’ve always maintained that there should be an intelligence test required to have kids. I suppose that’s impossible to enforce, but this could be done.
ETA: Added another option for the test.
Post # 6
I voted other – you need to be able to know HOW to teach. So she should take some teaching courses online to learn.
Post # 7
I voted at least a high school education, but I really think you should have to take a class and/or pass a test before teaching your children. I don’t know what people do once kids are at the high school level…I know there’s no way I could teach calculus!
Post # 8
What is government interference in parenting?
Post # 9
There needs to be some kind of requirement or testing for parents who want to homeschool. I’ve just seen it go wrong so many times by very well meaning people. I’ve been teaching at the university level for nearly 6 years, I’m working on a PhD after getting two MA degrees and I speak 5 languages, and there’s absolutely no way I’d ever feel comfortable teaching my future kids math or science to the level they would need to be at to be competitive on the college/university level.
Post # 10
@Westwood: Especially considering that the kids who are in school now are learning things approximately a year earlier than we did at that age (and I’m not *that* old). In theory, I could teach calculus because I have a minor in math and took the entire calculus series. I don’t think I have the skills to actually teach though. I was never good at tutoring my little brother in math.
Post # 11
@Westwood: I agree, I think you should need to have your diploma AND take a test to prove you’re capable. I also think there should be occasional testing of the child at the school board or someplace official.
My mother is a elementary school assistant principal, and sees way too many parents pull their kids out of school because, frankly, their child is being lazy and the parent is allowing it and getting upset with the teacher for the work being too hard and them not thinking their precious baby should have homework. Or even more often the child simply doesn’t want to go to school, and the parents doesn’t feel like making them go, so they simple say they’re homeschooling. And that should NOT be okay. We need some sort of system in place to weed out the parents who are actually spending an appropriate amount of time each day teaching their child and having them do their own work and successfully complete tests, and the ones who pretty much do nothing.
In the state of Michigan they require absolutely NOTHING to homeschool. You don’t have to register your child or participate in any sort of testing. It is ridiculous.
Post # 12
@peachacid: The most blatent interference comes when a judge forces a child to undergo medical treatment despite parents’ wishes. This has happened a few times in cases of cancer patients who wish to cease chemo or for patients whose religious beliefs don’t allow modern medical treatment.
I feel like you should be able to make decisions for your child. If you don’t want your child vaccinated then you shouldn’t have to. However, you now have the responsibility to keep Typhoid Susie from infecting other children around her.
Post # 13
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@Sugaree: The most blatent interference comes when a judge forces a child to undergo medical treatment despite parents wishes.
Interestingly enough I know some religious groups that oppose medical treatment all the up to the point they are in front of a judge but they are okay and even seem to want the judge to order the medical treatment even though they are arguing against it. Apparently, in their particular group so long as the parents oppose the procedure at all times, they are covered spiritually, and their child still gets the needed medical procedure so everyone is happy. I’m not saying all organizations are like this but we have a few in my area that are.
Post # 14
I honestly feel like this could be a moot point as there are many homeschooling programs that are on DVD, hard drive, satellite, etc.
I don’t believe in big brother interference in parenting.
Many homeschoolers are better educated than their public school peers. I personally knew about 30 people who graduated HS in Florida who couldn’t read : ( Yet public school teachers are almost never bad mouthed. Why the outcry against home schooling? I homeschooled til the last half of the year last year and my daughters state standardized test scores are one of the highest in the school. They are asking her to take her SAT’s in 7th grade. It really burns me to know that they will take credit for her education when they had zero to do with it.(
Post # 15
@beachbride1216: That’s interesting. In that case, I could be okay with that.
What I’m really referring to is when you have a 16 year old who has undergone multiple unsuccessfuly rounds of chemo and doesn’t want to go through it again. The parents respect the child’s wishes, but a judge does not.
Post # 16
In elementary school, the parents don’t really need any sort of higher education. A high school diploma or GED passing a test would be fine. But once the kids get up to Trig and Chemistry and things like that, I think it’s irresponsible of a parent to homeschool when they’re not qualified (not necessarily with a degree).
There are other alternatives, like co-ops. I went to one. Essentially they’re a private school setting. Most of my teachers weren’t “qualified” teachers, but knew the subject they taught and were able to teach it. I went 20 hours a week, graduated a year early, and walked away with a fully accredited high school diploma. When I started college, I was well-prepared and had no problems.
Long story short, kids should be taught by qualified teachers, but there are ways to be “qualified” without having a diploma in the area or passing a test.