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The homeschool community is reacting with alarm to plans for a vote in the New Hampshire legislature as early as this week that could create restrictive new testing and reporting requirements for homeschoolers in the state.
"Trying to sneak through massive changes in the New Hampshire homeschool law by manipulating the system is unacceptable. The Democratic leadership and the chairman of the education committee know that if they allowed an open process the overwhelming majority would vote [against the plan]," said Mike Donnelly, a staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association.
HSLDA's analysis said the Democrats are trying to move forward a whole new piece of legislation as an amendment to another proposal. It would allow, among other things, state officials to "terminate" a homeschooling program and report a child to the "appropriate resident district superintendent, who shall,...
As our homeschooled children become adults & attend community college (no Christian alternatives exist here, and better the devil you know), they have noticed how illusory the oft-voiced concern over "homeschool socialization" really is.
They told us it is the public-schooled youth who lack basic social skills, such as simple etiquette & speech w/o profanity (though this venue may be a poor sample). Some college staff can identify homeschooled children by sight alone. They have been largely supportive so far.
Public Education is continuing to go down in test scores, etc. and yet homeschoolers continue to put up great numbers.
hmm....logic would say that public educators would study homeschoolers to see what they could learn so as to improve the public education system and yet instead they seek to legislate the homeschoolers.
hmm....maybe it's not about giving the kids the best education after all!