Letters to the Editor often don’t grab so much attention, except this particular gem was posted in the state Capitol’s foremost newspaper: The State Journal-Register. Janet Tanner’s concerns stemmed from a DeKalb County article posted here.
Letter: Home school standards needed
This is in response to the Monday article titled, “Home schooling on the rise in DeKalb County.” I realize that home schooling can be beneficial in the right circumstances, i.e., the teacher knows what curriculum the child needs and is able to motivate the child to learn the lessons. However, not all home schooling is as wonderful as what is depicted in this article.
Not all parents who decide to home school are qualified or able to provide an adequate education or follow a curriculum. Not all parents who home school provide opportunities for social interaction with either adults or other children. There is no state law that protects children who do not receive a basic education in their home school.
I realize that public schools can be beneficial in the right circumstances, i.e., the teacher knows what curriculum the child needs and is able to motivate the child to learn the lessons.
There doesn’t seem to be much pretense public schools are wonderful, even as some can be. (It’s an effort to not be quite as condescending as Janet Tanner.) Good teachers are frustrated because they are teaching to the standardized test. Homeschoolers don’t have those limitations. But there is that social interaction in the schools, which seems first and foremost in importance now. Illinois has creepy Learning Standards for Social and Emotional Learning.
Ms. Tanner thanks parents successfully homeschooling and requested we work with legislators on this “critical issue” and establish reasonable standards. Hopefully, that would be a long time coming, as families have their own independent and unique (high) standards to fulfill.
Reviewing the large public schooled majority, it seems a more crucial educational problem isn’t in private schools’ realm. (The comments to the article are informative.)