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Homeschooling banned in California?

Original post made by What?, Professorville, on Mar 7, 2008

"A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution."

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One of the judges in case, supporting this decision, said,

"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,"

Doesn't this mean that PAUSD should be banned? When was the last time the Pledge was required in Palo Alto schools? JROTC allowed, or encouraged? Loyalty to the state (when, where, how)? Obeyance of our laws (including drug laws, and illegal immigration)?

I am not a homeschooler, but I have heard many reports that their kids do quite well on the standardized tests, science fairs, etc. They also seem to know their geography and American history. Their patriotic index is also quite high, by comparison with public schools. One can only conclude that the Palo Alto schools should be banned, and the homeschools should be left alone.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I am not at all surprised that at some stage this would happen. I know many families who homeschool and I know that they are doing really well and their kids are learning. I also know families who have tried and failed miserably and at about 4th grade in desperation send their kids to public school because they are so behind. These are good people with great intentions, but life just does not allow them the focus that homeschooling needs. They end up having to work at their schoolwork right through the summer because they are behind their schedule and then start the new grade tired and frustrated.

I think it is a good idea to get those who are failing to admit that this was not for them and make them put their kids into school. Some are failing because they can't hack it and admit it. Others are probably failing and in denial. It is that latter category that have to be told and made to take their kids to school for their kids' sakes.

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Posted by a
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I read that a homeschooling group was going to appeal this appellate decision to the supreme court. Hopefully the high court will overturn this ill-conceived decision.

What were the judges thinking? Home schooling is the best alternative for those parents who'd rather not send their kids to overcrowded high-schools with 40% of the kids either doing drugs or having sex.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 7:28 pm

From various news reports: "Under California law, children are required to enroll in and attend public schools unless they attend a private school, or are tutored by a credentialed teacher. The appeals panel found that the Longs did not adequately demonstrate that the exemptions apply to their children." This is the basis of the appellate decision. Home schoolers have been skating on thin ice.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 8, 2008 at 6:02 am

Compare the performance of home schooled children with public schooled children. Obviously a credentialled teacher is no guarantee.

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 8, 2008 at 9:52 am

"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,"

This is usually not stated so boldly. It shows the real purpose of public schooling. It's not to develop the independent thinking ability of the students.
Get rid of government schools.

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

What is absurd about the "fail until 4th grade" post is that the kids are caught much sooner than that from the annual required state exams that home schooled kids must take.

Obviously, many, many public schooled kids fail the same exam.

The odds of a kid doing well in a home school program are better than in the public school, just by the very fact that only concerned and involved parents are the ones who home school.

This will clearly and absolutely be overturned. There is no way to support it except with an archaic law which will be overturned as well.

I am not a homeschooler, I haven't the patience or inclination. But I will send money to the homeschool association to help fight this. Otherwise good children will be hurt.

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