I lived in Los Angeles for ten years. I still miss it. Miss my girlfriends. Miss my BFF, Kathy. Miss the weather. Miss the mountains. Miss the best garlic pizza in the history of all pizzas from Jacopos.
But, today, I’ll not complain about living in Armpit, Florida. Because, here in Florida, I can homeschool my children amid much support. The lawmakers in our fair state understand that as parents, we have the right to oversee our children’s education. And if we choose to teach them ourselves, we have a system in place to make sure that they are receiving a good education. A system of checks and balances, that include testing and/or home evaluations.
The statistics stand on their own. The homeschooled children in Florida and across the country, are certainly keeping up, and exceeding the educational standard set by our school systems. We have a lot of options. And help.
I have been following the homeschooling issues that Californians are facing. It seems that the California Court of Appeal recently decided that it is illegal for a family to homeschool, unless a parent is a certified teacher.
There is a petition put out by HSLDA for advocates of homeschooling to sign to support the “depublishing” of this ruling. To sign it, click here.
Also, at the bottom of the petition are a number of websites you can check out to become better familiar with this situation.
Homeschooling requires a lot of sacrifice, commitment, and dedication. And it’s not for everyone. Many children thrive and do extremely well in a public or private school setting. But it’s a very personal choice. Let’s keep the decision as to what is best for the children, in the parent’s hands. Not the government.
My 2 cents.
This public service announcement is coming to you from the comfort of my bed. Well used kleenex are strewn about me, and my beloved bottle of Nyquil rests on my night stand.
The pestilence is once again residing in our home. It has taken down the three children and the main care provider.
Pray for us, that we don’t drive each other insane.
It would be a very short drive.