For the purposes of this encyclopedia, homeschooling takes many forms.
Homeschoolers are secular and non-secular, have single-family incomes and double. Homeschoolers are single parents and traditional family units. Homeschoolers are structured, unstructured, classical, eclectic, unschoolers, school-at-homers and use every other learning-at-home method. Homeschoolers do not represent one cultural faction, but are present in all of them.
Some homeschoolers are rarely at home. They learn from the community, from the library, from the science center, the museums, the local community center. Homeschoolers form learning centers where they can meet for socialization or to give/take classes.
Many of these learning approaches will be discussed in other sections of this encyclopedia. (We can add hyperlinks as we fill in other pages -- right?)
But, in addition to different approaches to learning, there are differences within the homeschooling community that are political in nature.
In the view of some homeschoolers, that word means only parents schooling their own children at home without government or corporate support, control or involvement of any kind.
Anyone who receives government support, or uses government facilities, in this view, is not homeschooling no matter what they call themselves.
The homeschoolers holding this particular view sometimes call themselves "Independent Homeschoolers" and that is how this view will be referred to here.
This issue comes up mainly with regard to charter schools.
The Editorial Board would prefer that every mode of learning be described by its strongest proponent. The Editorial Board seeks only to assure that the listings here are comprehensive, that each chapter is clear and definitive, and the authors do not use this book to denigrate other modes of learning. The final entry will be in the words of, and approved by, the author or authors.
The Editorial Board has invited a number of proponents of the "Independent Homeschoolers" view to submit their own description of Independent Homeschooling. We do not yet have a description of Independent Homeschooling submitted by one of it proponents.
The views of Independent Homeschooling are presented in such documents as [We Stand for Homeschooling (WSfH)] and in newsletters, magazines and listservs such as the ones produced by the [Home Education Magazine / American Homeschool Association (HEM/AHA)].
For a complete understanding of this position it is best to read and discuss at these webpages and lists.
Drafted by Nance Confer for the use of the Editorial Board.
This encyclopedia is about ALL modes of learning. The Editorial Board has invited everyone and anyone with a favorite mode of learning to submit a draft discussion of why they think their mode of leaning is effective. Perhaps the grandfather of all alternative modes of learning is homeschooling. In this book's view homeschooling takes many forms. But in the view of many long time homeschoolers that word means only parents schooling their own children at home without government or corporate support or control.
Any one who receives government support, or uses government facilities, in their view is not homeschooling no matter what they call themselves. To keep this line of demarkation clear, in this encyclopedia we will call the more restricted homeschoolers "Independent Homeschoolers." This does not mean that there are not other homeschoolers that are independent. It is only a defintion for this chapter of this book.
The editorial board has invited a number of proponents of Traditional Homeschooling to submit their own description of Independent Homeschooling. We would prefer that every mode of learning be described by the strongest proponent we can find. We have an editorial board only to assure that the book is comprehensive, the each chapter is to be clear and definitive, and the authors do not use this book to denigrate other modes of learning. The final entry will be in the words of, and approved by, the author or authors. Since we do not yet have a description of Independent Homeschooling submitted by one of it proponents. We will try in this chapter to describe Independent Homeschooling as it is presented in such tracts as We Stand for Homeschooling (WSfH?) and in newsletters and listservs such as the ones produced by the American Homeschool Association (AHA).
To borrow some words from WSfH?, Tradional Homeschooling is in full control of the parents who accept responsibility for the education of their own children. They do not accept government standard-driven accountability models, testing or other govenement regulations, or the principles and values on which they are based. Nor do they accept the aid of corporations or services supported by government taxes.
The motivation that drives Traditional Homeschooling are many. Perhaps the most crucial is the parents' conviction that they have the right and the responsibility for the education of their children. This right may, or may not be written into the U.S. Constitution but it is an inalienable right that supersedes the law. Some say it is a God given right. This parental right extends to the right of government to use taxes to support education, particularly since government control is inherent in government support.
A few Traditional Homescoolers extend these arguments to contend that the government has no right or responsibility to support or run schools, and that compulsory school laws are bad or even unconstitutional. They promote the complete separation of school and state.
Traditional Homeschooers support the freedom of families to choose home education and todirect such education. Because they believe the right to choose home education is fundamental to the very nature of parenthood, we call on government and business officials, professional educators, and all others who take an interest in the education of children, to respect this fundamental liberty by recognizing parents' rights to home educate free from any and all undesired interference.
They support the right of parents to take complete charge of their ownchildren's learning by choosing home education. The right of parents to choose to educate their own children is one of the most essential characteristics of a free society and we encourage all freedom-loving people to be vigilant in protecting and defending this fundamental liberty.
We are secular and non-secular, we are single-family incomes and double. We are single parents and traditional family units. We are structured, unstructured, classical, eclectic, unschoolers, school-at-homers and every other learning at home method you can think of. We do not represent one cultural faction, we are represented by them all.
Don't be mislead by the term homeschooling - some of us are are rarely at home. We learn from the community, from the library, from the science center, the museums, local community center. We form learning centers where we can meet for socialization or to give/take classes.
We are strong in our belief that we want no more government oversight - and would like a lot less in some states. We take responsibility for our children's education and answer to ourselves how we approach this.