Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Academics and Discipline at Issue for This Home-Schooler

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Academics and Discipline at Issue for This Home-Schooler

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The Feb. 20 Gazette editorial "Favoritism?" regarding home- schooled students, had numerous generalities and stereotypes. It appeared to largely be based upon inaccurate information and lack of research. My family is one that has chosen to home-school during my son's junior high school years, after his being enrolled in public school from kindergarten through fifth grade. The truly awful elementary curriculum, with "spiral math" and "Scott Foresman" reading notwithstanding, it was a safety and concern for bullying decision for us.

If you watch "The Big Bang Theory," my son is "Sheldon." It wasn't bad in elementary school, but he clearly would not do well in junior high school, and particularly not for the one that he'd attend which already has a reputation for bullying and lack of discipline.

To home-school, we had to submit an approved curriculum to the same Kanawha County Board of Education that oversees kids in public schools. We had to submit copies of university degrees, and we hired a brilliant tutor who truly "schools" our son at home. The curriculum chosen is expressly affiliated with an accredited college. We have text books, quizzes, projects, book reports and tests. Our son has about five hours of true course-work daily, which is about the same as public schools without pull-outs and distractions. At the end of the year, he takes the "Stanford 10" national evaluation.

For all of this, we have not only paid the tutor and paid his home school tuition, but we continue to pay our taxes to benefit the public schools, and from which our son gets no personal benefit. Although we plan to re-enroll our son in public school for high school, which we've been assured has less discipline issues and more oversight, if home school continues to be feasible for our family and our son continues to thrive academically, we may not. …

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