While listening to NPR's "All Things Considered" yesterday, I heard a story about a recent California judicial ruling that will affect all California homeschoolers. A child welfare case was brought to the state supreme court partially involving what is legally considered school. The judge set a precedent ruling that a child (ages 6-17) must either be enrolled in a public or private school or be tutored by a credentialed adult.
Most parents that homeschool their children are not certified to teach. Also, the homeschool students aren't mandated to take standardized tests to make sure their they are on par for their grade. Since the ruling that was made a few days ago, it's illegal to homeschool your children in California unless you are credentialed. I'm sure that this ruling will be appealled in higher courts so don't worry about cops going rodney king on these parents yet.
As a evangelical christian, I know many parents that homeschool their children and I have many friends that were homeschooled (shout out to Chris Camp!). I still haven't figured out why parents do this to themselves but I'm sure homeschooling works for many families. I am concerned that not all the homeschooled children are getting a good education. There's no way to tell if they are though without using standardized tests. I think that if the children can pass these standarized tests then they can remain being taught by their parents. If they can't pass then the kids must enroll in a public or private school or be taught by someone who holds a teaching certificate.
Question for the public: Do you think parents have the right to homeschool their children without being credentialed and without standardized tests?
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