So, many California homeschoolers freaked out when we learned of the recent decision. Then, we started reading more, and working to understand what really happened…
First, it should be noted that homeschoolers have been legally educating their children. The 1953 decision didn’t ban homeschooling, including those without credentials. In fact, California law currently allows homeschoolers to register with the state as a private school, only educating their own children. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association provides good information for all interested in the legalities of homeschooling in all states. Here’s the options for Californians.
Additionally, it’s important to understand that this recent decision not only wasn’t clear enough to forbid the currently legal homeschools, but it doesn’t change things today or tomorrow for those of us legally homeschooling here in California.
And to those ignorant enough to think that the government’s certificate is enough to make one qualifited to teach, you should ask your own children’s public school teachers if they ahve any cohorts who shouldn’t be in the classroom.
I don’t mean to be so defensive, and I know that my observance of successful homeschooling and my own homeschooling is a limited experience. However, it should be noted that the majority of homeschool students achieve significantly higher in everything thrown at them, including college admissions, SAT scores, and even graduate school admission.
Taking a short investigation of the US’s history, you’ll find that many great American’s were homeschooled. Abraham Lincoln, Sandra Day Oconner, John Quincy Adams, John Rutledge, Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, John Jay, Thomas Edison, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Booker T. Washington, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington are all the “victims” of homeschooling. If any one of my kids turns out half as accomplished, they’ll be blessed to have been homeschooled. You’ll also find that homeschooler statistics even support the idea that homeschooling generally produces better human beings.
Just one more article that helps us understand some of the modern history of homeschooling in the USA.
I know that we all “know someone who was homeschooled.” Usually that statement includes socially limited kids who are horribly deficient. Let me tell you that those kids are not the norm, nor are they even very quantifiable in today’s modern homeschooling environment.
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