Monday, September 04, 2006

This is NOT Homeschooling

According to the Salt Lake Tribune Online Schools Combine Public and Home Education. But exactly how do you homeschool and do public school at the same time? You don't! This is merely public education at home. It's still public school, the only difference is the location of the students.

The Tribune says
Once, choosing home schooling meant rejecting public school. Now, computer technology enables amicable separations.

Real homeschoolers still reject public education. And considering the failure of public schools in traditional school house settings, what makes anyone think they could do an adequate job of educating children in a non-traditional setting?


  1. Alasandra,
    I have to disagree with you on some points.

    You asked:
    how do you homeschool and do public school at the same time?

    It is feasible to have a child enrolled in a ps-at-home program and for that child to still keep a homeschooling status. More than likely, the first online school mentioned in the article would not be the situation. I have some questions that I have sent out recently about the Electronic high school as I'm trying to verify if *hsers* are using something like public school access to take classes while still having the designation of homeschooled.

    Making an issue about *who* (real hsers, fake hsers) will detract from the real issues that we hsers have to deal with when it comes to protecting hsing from becoming psing at home. It's the Achille's heel of the debate to make it about who and the homeschool label. It is better to keep in mind that psing has a definition and that definition eliminates any possibility of hsing *thru* a ps-at-home program no matter what the legal status is of the student enrolled in a ps program.
    National Charter School Watch:

  2. Public schooling isn't hsing.
    Any advice, Alasandra? :)

  3. Alasandra,
    This is a good article to illustrate the complexity.
    Read this article and keep in mind that students who are officially homeschooled are accessing this public school program. FLVS's student population is 31,000 with a homeschool population of 30%(about, might be higher this year) of that. That number comes out to be 9,300 homeschoolers. It would be pointless to argue that the students are not homeschoolers when in fact they are. BUT what gets lost to people in this (not to the administrators of FLVS) is that students are not homeschooling through the program. FLVS teachers are the child's teachers--NOT the parent--at least for the courses that the child is enrolled for. Record collecting is happening at least in some format just as it is for ps students.



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