So, children that are home schooled are held to a lower standard than students in public education, and the New Hampshire legislature is fine with that.
Comment by Billy Cordova — January 17, 2010 @ 9:32 pm
I think the point is that regulation is frequently abused and since most homeschoolers come away with as good an education as their peers (if not superior) under the current system, why introduce that temptation. I — and I imagine many homeschoolers — would have nothing against annual testing, on core subjects set at an appropriate level, but what subjects would the State decide to make compulsory? Would secular convictions and values be included in any way? And what precisely would the State propose to do if the child failed their tests?
In New Zealand (my patria), the homeschooling parent has to make an annual declaration that they are educating their child themself to at least the same standard as they would receive in the public system and then is left to do so unless challenged by an outside party. The government ran a random auditing system for years but recently did away with it — presumably because it was deemed unneccessary.
Comment by Stephanie Gaines — January 17, 2010 @ 10:37 pm
I just wish that public school students were held to the same standard as the typical home-schooled student.