ERIC Number: ED464788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Worth of a Child: Rural Homeschooling/Public School Partnerships Are Leading the Way.
Pearson, Richard C.
Homeschooling enjoys increasing recognition as a respectable alternative to public and private school education. State homeschooling populations are doubling every 3 years. With personal computers and the Internet, homeschooling families have access to a wealth of educational materials at all grade levels and for many populations. Homeschooling helps rural families deal with problems inherent to rural life. The fact that some families have chosen to pursue their children's education outside of public school does not lessen the responsibilities that educators have to assist in the education of all children. Learning is the operative word in education, and the setting is becoming less important. Collaboration is needed among legislators, educators, homeschooling organizations, and parents. State departments of education can work with legislators to adopt effective homeschooling programs on a statewide basis, create exit standards for homeschooled children, and consider whether documentation of academic progress would be required for homeschoolers wishing to reenter public schools. Teacher education programs could teach skills to facilitate the transition of children from one academic setting to another, prepare educators to work with homeschooling parents and children, and instill positive attitudes towards homeschooling. Local school districts can include homeschooling parents in in-service activities, offer public school facilities and services to homeschooling families, and help local communities develop new visions of what it means to help children learn. The ultimate goal will be to have homeschooling programs under the direction of state departments of education. (Contains 15 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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