Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Home school regulation needed

6/16/2014

Home schooling has become an increasingly popular trend in modern education.

After public school came under fire with the quality of education accompanied with high stakes testing, it began to seem like a way for parents to have better control over their child’s education. In the state of Kansas though, home schooling isn’t even being regulated. Home schooling should be regulated to ensure that children are receiving a quality education as well as the welfare of the child and making sure that children are being exposed to diversity.

Home schooling has become an increasingly popular trend in modern education.

After public school came under fire with the quality of education accompanied with high stakes testing, it began to seem like a way for parents to have better control over their child’s education. In the state of Kansas though, home schooling isn’t even being regulated. Home schooling should be regulated to ensure that children are receiving a quality education as well as the welfare of the child and making sure that children are being exposed to diversity.

Home schooling regulation should include a curriculum that home schooling students will have to follow to make sure they are meeting the same academic benchmarks, as well making sure the child will be exposed to some diversity. They should also include at-home visits at least twice a year to check the child’s welfare and the living environment. Teachers are the No. 1 reporters of child abuse because of children spending the most time without parental supervision at school. Home school regulations would make it so that authorized personnel such as police officers, state workers or social workers can sub in as a teacher in this sense. With these visits, such personnel will be able to have one-on-one conversations with the students and also check the living environment the students are living and learning in.

We need to have home school regulations to make sure that children are receiving a quality education that will help them became better-educated citizens. The state of Kansas needs to be able to see progress in the child’s education, and making sure that it is a high-quality education, as well as making sure the child is in a safe environment and that the child is exposed to diversity.

MacKenzie Pfeiffer,

Wellsville

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