ITA--in the early days of our country's settlement, teachers were usually young women of 15 or 16--judging from curriculum standards I've seen from back then, these teachers were
What I would like to see, perhaps, is at least require the parent to submit to the local school district a plan for that year's education--what textbooks/curriculum is being used--not necessarily weekly lesson plans, but some kind of documentation to help weed out the small percentage of parents who use hs as an excuse.
Also, I wouldn't have a problem with the state mandating testing for both private and public schools each year in at least math, reading, and writing (if they were willing to fund it)--this would help parents measure their children's progress and would also alert the local district to potential abuses of homeschooling privileges. I don't think hs generally would have a problem with that, as I'm guessing the majority would score higher than their private school counterparts or at least be able to demonstrate measurable progress from year to year.
I don't think that's a good idea at all. If school districts had to approve textbooks/curriculum, it would require school district involvement that many homeschooling parents are trying to avoid in the first place. Not to mention that it would be fairly easy to submit a form with a list of textbooks and never use them. I much prefer a system that requires homeschooling students to either take standardized tests or submit portfolios.
ETA: For example, if I were in charge of the approving curriculum of homeschooling parents for my district, I would not in good conscience be able to approve a creation science curriculum. However, I do feel parents should be able to teach their children that if they choose.
I didn't say that the burden would be on the district to approve the textbooks or the curriculum, simply that I would be okay with the parent having to submit SOMETHING each year. Then the district/CPS could go after the very worst
The district needs to focus its attention on educating the children in its charge. When they are doing a perfect job in that regard, then they can play big brother to the homeschooling population.
As a homeschooling parent,I resent the idea that my parenting decisions need to be overseen by the school district,an entity that isn't itself doing a perfect job in educating the children in its care. I also resent that my decision to homeschool my children is automatically treated as suspect because it doesn't fit in with what the majority chooses.