Surrender Your Freedom and Get Free Stuff with Public School at Home Program
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
The New Richmond public school system is getting ready to offer free stuff to homeschoolers—to parents who surrender their freedom.
Many New Richmond-area homeschoolers received a letter asking for their input about the school system starting an online academy. Here are three important facts you should consider.
1. The letter implies that your child can be homeschooled and be a full-time student in the public school’s online program all at the same time. This is misleading. When children sign up for a full-time public school at home program, they truly become public school students. These children are no longer legally in a “home-based private instruction program,” as homeschooling is known in Wisconsin .
3. The letter doesn’t tell you that the books and curriculum they provide are thoroughly secular. They cannot legally offer you any book, CD, individual teacher coaching, online program, etc., that teaches the truth about God.
One of the strengths of homeschooling is that parents are free to choose the curriculum that best meets their child’s individual learning style, aptitude and interests. But since public school online programs only offer one curriculum for all children, it will be the wrong program for many children.
But even if the curriculum produces good academic results for some children, an education that does not place God at the ultimate center of every subject does not support the developing faith of a child.
If the New Richmond program follows the example of similar programs, it will offer free access to state-certified teachers, books, educational CDs, online programs—even a computer and Internet connection.
Do not be surprised if the public school at home program hires one of your friends as a recruiter. Think through how you will respond if someone you know and respect urges you to join. Consider how much your freedom means to you, and the real cost of the free stuff they are offering you.
HSLDA Senior Counsel
And now for my input-
The sad thing is that the youngest of this smart lot is failing many of his classes because, simply, he has a different learning style. His mom says that when he resites his answers out loud, he aces the test, but when he is required to write them down, he is oft gets them wrong. There is nothing wrong with him - just the style in which he is learning. This boy may have to take 4th grade over again next year.