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NEA Resolution B-75 on homeschooling: twenty years of contempt for parents and for choice

We don't think parents can educate their own children. - The National Education Association (Motto: We know what's best.)

Insomnia? If you really need to get to sleep one night, print this out - NEA 2007-2008 Resolutions (PDF) - and you'll be snoring before resolution 10... maybe before the end of the table of contents! You can thank me later.

But if you want to find out what the NEA thinks of you, as parent and home educator, skip ahead to Resolution B-75.

I can't think of any other organization that can get away with praising parents for their involvement in their own child's education, then in the next breath, paint you as an idiot who is more likely to damage your child academically, than, say, a Union Teacher in charge of twenty kids.

Oh yes! Save Resolution B-75 for when you are in a mood for condescension.

NEA Resolution on Homeschooling

Page 45

B-75. Home Schooling
[Editor's comments added for clarity and levity.]

The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.

[You aren't allowed to choose how your child should be educated. However, if the NEA forced you to use a home schooling program and union teachers. That would be okay.]

When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress.

[Like the average 40% or more of public school kids who are failing their assessments? Are the parents or the schools failing the children in those cases?]

Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians.

[Well, we're already doing that. And a bonus for the public schools; we're paying our taxes like everyone else. So we get to pay for the union teachers to allegedly educate other people's children. Cool!]

Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.

[Has anyone every really thought about how expensive this would be? Approvals, meetings, forms, employees checking up on every private homeschool in the state? It's mind boggling. It's also hard to believe that the NEA is ignorant of this fact. I think that they know that their curricula is partly to blame for America's public schooling problems. But admitting that diversity of learning works, is to admit that public schools are bureaucratic nightmares, stunting the education of generations of Americans.]

The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.

[Might show up the other kids, fighting to maintain good grades in classes that are meaningless to them.]

The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2006)

[That way, if your children are above grade level in all or some of their studies, they can make up some excuse to hold them back to set an example of them. After all, they shouldn't be further ahead of the others their same age/grade. Remember, according to the NEA, homeschooling doesn't work. And besides, it would make the public school kids feel bad.]


Feeling small yet?

Me neither, But the NEA has been wishing and wishing for almost twenty years that homeschooling parents would please stop being so independent.

Some might think that this resolution conflicts with the NEA Resolution A-4: Parental Involvement. Not really. What Parental Involvement means, is more involvement with the school and school employees. You are supposed to work with the public school which in turn, works with your child. You shouldn't work with your child independently or directly. You see, that would undermine the school's authority and dominion as surrogate parent of your child. God forbid you tell Johnny to, "Forget about New, New, New Improved Math... just do it like we did in the old days."

I resolve that the NEA figure out how to teach the Three "R's" and leave parenting, to the parents.


Valerie Bonham Moon has a comment and an entertaining rewrite of the NEA Resolution on the Home Education Magazine Blog Check it out if you need a laugh more than sleep.




The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.






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