California Enforcing Homeschool Requirements

by beagooddad on March 7, 2008

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It appears that California is going to start enforcing some of the rules for homeschooling families. The law says teachers in the homeschool must have teaching credentials.

Apparently the rule has been in the books since 1953 and those “statutes require children ages 6 to 18 to attend a full-time day school, either public or private, or to be instructed by a tutor who holds a state credential for the child’s grade level.”

The homeschool teachers are of course angry but I wonder how many of those same parents would be offended if they sent their kids to a public/private school and found out the teacher there was not a licensed instructor.

There is a big difference between being a smart, loving person and being someone who is good at teaching kids how to do math and to read. There is even a big difference between teaching a 1st grader and a 4th grader how to study history.

For the record, I’m not saying that parents are not their kids’ best teachers, but if a parent is going to take the responsibility of educating their kids at home is it such a stretch for them to become certified to do so and maybe pick up a few tips along the way?

The judge happened to say something that I thought was amazingly ridiculous, though.

A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare.

Huh? Loyalty to the state and the nation? As a means of protecting the public welfare?

Sorry but I would prefer the primary purpose of the education system to be to teach kids reading, writing, arithmetic…and maybe how to balance a check book and why they shouldn’t sign up for a credit card just to get a free t-shirt. Oh and let’s throw in how to eat something besides McDonalds for three meals a day.

Learning how the government works is important and probably not really stressed enough in school but teaching patriotism and loyalty to the state and nation? Isn’t loyalty to the state and nation one of those things that the state and nation should be able to earn just by being a good state and nation?

In addition, I would prefer to never hear the term educational system ever again. Educational system? Whether that is grammatically right or not, I would prefer for it to go away.

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