of the law - still no excuse
Hoosier Homeschooler #1.002 | September,
We don't need no stinkin' ignorance! Oh, hey! It's not you I'm
talking about. It's those other people. The ones who tell you
you have to register your kids if you want to homeschool. For
one, it's called Reporting Enrollment, and for two, the people
who tell you you have to do it to homeschool, are not only
ignorant; they're wrong.
These reporting enrollment discussions always
hinge on IC
20-33-2 of the Indiana Code, Chapter 2, which covers Compulsory
So, the first thing to understand is that all
this stuff about reporting enrollment is only about compulsory
attendance laws. It has absolutely nothing to do with the actual
education of your child.
Yes, the superintendent request thing is vague.
Yes, the "equivalent education" phrase is vague.
Yes, I know this vagueness can cause stress
and confusion, especially to brand new homeschoolers.
But really, vague is good as far as we are
concerned. Vague helps us to have a little cushion from the possibility
of increased control. It means we can continue to educate our
kids as we see fit without interference from the state.
And this vagueness also helps educate us on
how government does (or does not) work. I bet that Indiana homeschoolers,
especially ones who have subscribed to the IndianaHomeschoolers
list for any length of time, are by far the best educated
people when it comes to the state education code than most people
-- and that includes those actually working in the government's
By the way, does it irritate anyone else that
we still hear of homeschoolers who have to educate government
school officials about just what the law entails?
I always think of the threatening phrase often
directed at citizens. I'm sure you've heard of the one I mean:
"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."
Yet government school officials can tell parents
the most blatantly incorrect things about requirements to homeschool
and we excuse them and let it go. I'm starting to think we really
should call them on it every single chance we get. We should say,
"You know what? Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Here's a copy
of the code. Now please go read it and leave me alone to educate
Yeah. That should do it.