The National Educational Association in their 2007-2008 Resolutions has taken a stand against homeschooling.
It reads "The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.
The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools. The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting."
Statistics have shown that homeschooled students do exceptionally well. They excel (and win) spelling bees, score high on tests like the SAT, and go on to be accepted into many colleges. One Source: http://www.chec.org/Legislative/News/HomeschoolingStatistics/Index.html
Homeschoolers also find benefits in co-op classes contrary to the NEA belief that students should only be instructed by their immediate families.
Take a moment to tell the NEA that homeschooling is a real option that does produce wonderfully rounded and educated members of society.
Please tell your friends about this petition and have them sign too!
On October 22nd, we have used the NEA contact form to make sure they were aware of this petition.
We as homeschoolers, family members of homeschoolers, and pro-homeschooling educators feel that your stand on homeschooling is wrong. Statistically, homeschoolers do well and grow up to be successful and helpful members of society.
We respectfully ask that you review the statistics of homeschoolers, and reevaluate your statements regarding home education.
We also ask that you respectfully consider that co-op classes (taught to homeschoolers by non-relatives) also offer just as much educational foundation in areas as do parent-child lessons.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.