Thursday, October 7, 2010

NEA Trying to Limit Homeschooling

B-82. Home Schooling. The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.
The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.
NEA has clearly shown its self to have a political agenda in the past. These statements are based much more on their political agenda then on the available information on homeschooling.
Scientific studies have demonstrated the superiority of home-based education both socially and academically. For academic reference, the National Home Education Research Institute (http://www.nheri.org) publishes numerous independent research papers on homeschooling by researchers at universities all over the United States. According to one study of over 11,000 homeschool students, academic achievement test scores were above the 80th percentile in all subjects, well above the performance delivered by public schools.
Other studies compared the socialization of homeschooled children using the same conventional socialization tests used to measure social adjustment in public school students. These tests typically evaluate four areas: cooperation, assertiveness, empathy, and self-control. Researchers found that homeschooled children score higher on socialization tests than children attending public or private schools. A technical paper summarizing these studies was published in the technical journal, "Home School Researcher," in 2006 by Richard G. Medlin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Stetson University.
There are many excellent books and publications that provide homeschooling parents with instruction and encouragement. Also, many homeschooling parents belong to local homeschooling parent groups and support organizations.

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