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Old 10-26-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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A loophole in the law allows church homeschools in Tennessee to get away with not teaching anything.

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Old 10-26-2010, 11:13 PM
 
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I think basic minimal requirements for homeschool oversight should be in place to prevent cases like this, and am not generally a big supporter of homeschooling, but still think that this case is rare and is being vastly over-sensationalized. I doubt there are "thousands" of kids in the state doing so poorly. I'm sure there are some, just as there are plenty in the public schools who are failing. It's always shocking to see parents who could be so clueless (really? You don't realize that your kid is SO far behind?), and I also have my doubts about Sylvan being a unbiased barometer of the children's levels.

Still, even if cases like this are rare, I think it's true that some very basic testing should be in place to make sure that kids being homeschooled (or church schooled, or whatever) should be meeting at least some minimum standards. Or, in this case, since it sounds like these kids are really homeschool students just organized through a "church-related" school, they should just be held to the same standards already in place for all the other state's homeschooled kids.

Most interesting was the bit alluded to at the end: the court order required to get his kids into public schools. That's an issue that I'm not familiar with; the home-schooling literature I've read has all focused on families where the parents agreed on the decision. I suppose school choice issues are an issue for all parents, and potentially contentious in some situations, but it seems to move up to a higher level when talking about in-home instruction (church-related school or not).
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:11 AM
 
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Most interesting was the bit alluded to at the end: the court order required to get his kids into public schools. That's an issue that I'm not familiar with; the home-schooling literature I've read has all focused on families where the parents agreed on the decision. I suppose school choice issues are an issue for all parents, and potentially contentious in some situations, but it seems to move up to a higher level when talking about in-home instruction (church-related school or not).
I think this was probably a divorce situation and mom still wanted to homeschool. I can't be sure since there was not a lot of detail on that given
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