CITIZEN VOICES® Assessments for homeschooled kids?
Should parents of homeschooled children be required to submit academic performance evaluations to a school official (either the commissioner of education, a local superintendent, or a private school principal)?
Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page November 29, 2017
What Participants Said
No: 144 people were opposed to requiring parents of homeschooled children to submit academic performance evaluations to a school official.
- “No. What's the purpose of homeschooling if you have to subject yourself to management by the state? Keep the state out of parenting.”
- “If I wanted my children to be held to public school standards, I would have sent them to a public school. …Based on my experiences and observations, I consider the proposed changes to be excessive and unnecessary.”
- “No. …Tenured teachers are not fired based on performance. Why should the state involve themselves in the private lives and decisions of parents?”
Yes: 35 people were in favor of requiring parents of homeschooled children to submit academic performance evaluations to a school official.
- “Yes. Absolutely. Children deserve a solid education. If they aren't getting it at home, it should be known.”
- “Education is too important to society to allow people to fail to properly educate their children under the guise of homeschooling.”
- “Homeschooled children need to show they have earned their academic progress just like anyone else.”
Other: 22 people commented on related questions and issues instead.
- Indecision: “I'll have to look into this more before I form an opinion.”
- Current policy: “How do home school kids get credited? Just wondering.”
- Funding: “Why would tax money be returned to parents of home schooled children? Would this mean that I, as a taxpayer with no children in school, paying 75% of my taxes for schools, should get money back?”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.