Should the state require teacher certification for parents who homeschool their children?

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Power of Self Eduction.

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Let us not forget about the power of self education. People such as Thomas Edison and countless others have proved that the mind is capable of amazing things when left to ones natural desire to learn.

“Through the power of self-education you can be anything you want to be or do anything you want to do. Self-education power does not require money, fixed time or fixed life style. Options are extremely flexible. Rewards are unlimited. You can control your destiny.” ~ Bob Webb

Mother of four

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I certainly agree with you! The one thing that stands out the most to me is that Texas claims to be one of the toughest states to become a certified teacher, yet it allows uneducated people to homeschool? The state does not even take reciprocity because of it. What is wrong with this picture?

Home educators don't need teaching credentials because the evidence proves that parents can educate their own children at least as well as certified teachers. The difference is love and time. Any parent who wants to educate their children is perfectly capable. I would certainly reccomend the support of a local home education support group, but it isn't necessary.

Mother of four

Thank you, John. And the

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Thank you, John. And the proof is, partly, in how much colleges LOVE home educated students.

Mother of four

Facts are Facts

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Unfortunately, some people who claim to be passionate about education have failed to educate themselves about the facts on home education. The U.S. Department of Education, along with other organizations, recently published the results of an extensive study on Home Education. In public education, poor students and students who's parents had low educational achievements tend to do more poorly on standardized tests than their wealthier counterparts who's parents are well educated. Not so with home education. Acoss the board, regardless of socio- economic background, home educated students scored between 30 and 38 percentile points above their publicly educated counterparts on standardized tests. Similarly, it did not matter if the students were from a state where there were few or no legal requirements for home educators to meet- they still shone on the tests. It was also found that home educated students scored better on social skills test, and have higher GPA's their freshman year of college. Hundreds of thousands of parents have pulled their failing students out of school and educated them at home; the result being a bright, enthusiastic, successful student. There are over two million home educators in the US, and many wonderful curriculums to use. Home education has already proven itsself to be a resounding success- and it isn't just a religious phenomenon. There are many secular home education organizations. Educate yourself!

Home educating mom of four in Colorado

So what you are saying is

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So what you are saying is that my public education does not qualify me to teach my own children. Hmmm... What a interesting thought.

High School Reading Teacher

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[quote]Grandfather...I have three grandchildren living in Texas. I have just learned that my step-daughter is homeschooling them. My step-daughter did not complete high school, was a poor student, and has lived somewhat a wild lifestyle. Yet, in Texas she is allowed to homeschool children without any accountability! When I questioned my wife about the children missing school (certified public ed), she replied that the daughter is homeschooling them. They have missed at least 3 days of ANY educational environment this past week, and will miss another four this coming week! I feel she is ruining the chance these children have for a quality education which 'WILL' affect them for the rest of their lives! Although my hands are tied from review of Texas homeschooling laws, DO YOU AGREE WITH ME???[/quote]

I certainly agree with you! The one thing that stands out the most to me is that Texas claims to be one of the toughest states to become a certified teacher, yet it allows uneducated people to homeschool? The state does not even take reciprocity because of it. What is wrong with this picture?

What is being taught IS the reason I home school!

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[quote]We are no longer riding wagon trains across the country in search of homesteads wherein to cultivate a life and way of living. Back then, who best to educate the children than the parents and family members who could properly train their precious assets for a successful existence.

Today we have schools and educators who have benefited from years of research and application to determine the 'best practices' for teaching children to survive and prosper in today's world.

That said, parents still have a vital role in the education of their children. Most often parents are the best advocates for their children. Should a child not 'fit' traditional modes of schooling, options such as online learning and homeschool should be available. In alternative modes of schooling there must always be a moderator/overseer/facilitator who needs to have the proper training and credentialing to ensure consistency in what is being taught.[/quote]
I want my child to receive a Christ centered education and cannot afford the average ten thousand plus per year tuition of the private schools in the area we live in. I do not want my child learning evolution based science, nor do I want her attending a school with seventh graders that have their own children. Socialization is another key reason WHY we have decided to home educate. Anyone with an education degree should be well aware that certification is fairly useless when referring to one on one education as most of what a teacher learns is simply managing a large group of kids. There is no real reason to require a parent to be a teacher with a piece of paper. From my experience with my child's curriculum , as long as a parent can read and the child can read the system is set up so ANYONE can teach the material. I do not want the government dictating what it is that I pay to teach my child , nor do they have a right to regulate that. I still think that if we home school our children we should not have to pay taxes to send everyone else's kid to the submission and compliance prison breeding grounds that public schools are.

Grandfather...I have three

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Grandfather...I have three grandchildren living in Texas. I have just learned that my step-daughter is homeschooling them. My step-daughter did not complete high school, was a poor student, and has lived somewhat a wild lifestyle. Yet, in Texas she is allowed to homeschool children without any accountability! When I questioned my wife about the children missing school (certified public ed), she replied that the daughter is homeschooling them. They have missed at least 3 days of ANY educational environment this past week, and will miss another four this coming week! I feel she is ruining the chance these children have for a quality education which 'WILL' affect them for the rest of their lives! Although my hands are tied from review of Texas homeschooling laws, DO YOU AGREE WITH ME???

High School Reading Teacher

Public School Teacher

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I am okay with homeschooling. However, parents should have at least a Bachelor's degree and take the basic skills test. There has to be some proof that they can competently teach their children. Teaching high school with only a high school education-well, I see something wrong there. The children should have to take the same assessments public school children take as well. There has to be some accountability.

Parents should be able to

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Parents should be able to educate their own children. Government should not interfere so deep.

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