Should there be standards for homeschooling?

A New York Times article is igniting debate over home-school regulation. Should there be standards for homeschooling? Should homeschooling be regulated?

In Pennsylvania, home-schooled children were required to register annually with their local school district, outline study plans, and certify that adults performing the homeschooling did not have criminal backgrounds. At the end of every year, parents submitted portfolios of student works to private evaluators for review. The superintendent of the district then approved the evaluations. However, in October of this year, those rules changed and now home-schooled children and their teacher-parents will face virtually zero scrutiny over lesson plans.

The New York Times article actually highlights a problem case, focusing on a parent who allows their child to play minecraft after just 20 minutes of instruction. With a strategy like this, we ask the question: are home-schooled children at risk of not learning the importance of perseverance or concentration?

Read the New York Times article here.

Regulation of homeschooling in other states includes certification of lesson plans, outside evaluations, and even training programs for parent-teachers. The problem here is probably the idea of regulation and the implementation of it in certain states, but clearly there’s a need for evaluation to ensure a standard of quality. Regardless of the situation, all children deserve a quality education that they can use to establish a career or go to college. This is a different idea than cyber-schooling; which is delivered by certified and trained educators in the majority of cases.

So what do you think about this stakeholders? Should homeschooling face stringent regulations to ensure a strong standard of education? If you believe so, tell us why – and if you believe deregulation of home-school is a good idea, we’d like to hear your thoughts as well.

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