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March 20th, 2013, 10:27 AM
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I believe if there is going to be any regulation (and I believe there should be some, though not too intrusive, for the sake of the children) it should be federally handled rather than state by state. In either case, it's still the government having some sort of "control", that is never going to change in this country. So I believe if that's the route the regulations are going to go, they should be across the board.
I absolutely despise that regulations vary state to state on something as important as education. For other things on the books, law books that is, it may make sense here and there. As many things vary state to state. For educational purposes, it's absolutely ridiculous. There should be no "these children in NY need this kind of education, while the children in PA need this kind". Ludicrous, if you ask me. They all need the absolute best. There needs to be some kind of accountability on the part of the parent if we're going to pass this world on to the next generation and expect them to make it better. Since we know the government in this country is bound and determined to provide those standards, they should all be equal.
It's a "standard" being set, and it should be a nationwide standard, period.
As for whether or not I think there should be
regulation, I would have to say yes. At least to some extent, it would make more sense. Some states are too lax, and it allows too much room for children to get a sub-par education. Which can also happen to kids who attend brick and mortar schools, don't get me wrong. Neither homeschool nor brick and mortar schools hold the torch on that one.
I have come to learn over the years that for many parents who homeschool, one of their primary reasons is that their local districts don't provide the education their children both need and deserve. In other words, the brick and mortar schools are lacking, at least in some way(s). So, it would make sense that they'd want a homeschool environment to provide that very best the schools cannot provide. They may be able to do it all on their own, with no regulations at all. But that doesn't necessarily mean that
family can provide that for their children. Which is not a bad thing in and of itself, as long as the child does have access to the best educational environment possible. You can't have that when the regulations are all over the map.
The reason I say more regulations, and more accountability is because what we, as parents think on this matter doesn't necessarily hold more water than what the children of this, and all future generations deserve. If that makes any sense. I no more want the government to control all of my parenting or even most of it, than someone else. But I do recognize that there are many, probably millions, of children in this country who just might need it. Their needs trump the desires of the parent and definitely trumps the desires of the parents who can do this without help, imo. So if I have to be regulated a bit more, well on the same level as everyone else in this country(since I believe it should be nationwide) in order for those children to also be given the best opportunity possible...I won't complain. Ok, I won't complain too much. It would depend entirely on the regulations in place too though.
This state friggen sucks. Although some have absolutely no issues whatsoever here in Ohio. I have found they are very much in the minority. Many really do have a difficult time, even when we go above and beyond the state mandates, regulations and minimums. Some school boards make you jump through hoops and back ten times. Why? It's hard to say, but it's annoying. I would love to have an easier time when it comes to accountability the way some states do, but that's not going to happen here where I am. So, yeah I'd love to see this state adopt the same regulations, mandates and such as some of the other states in this country.
No regulations and accountability at all is a recipe for disaster. Whether people agree with me on that or not, I feel very strongly that there are enough children who DO need those regulations and DO need their parents to be held accountable that it trumps anyone's feelings that "the government should have no say in how I parent". I think some people are so adamant that no one have any say in how they parent they fail to see that yes there are some things that are insanely stupid and intrusive, there are plenty that are not. The same sort of thing happens with a lot of laws too. Some people are so very much against them, while some others truly do need them.
We're out here raising the future of this planet and we SHOULD always find ourselves striving to provide this planet-and more importantly all future generations-with a BETTER future. Not one that turns out like ours. You should never want for your children what you have-I have believed this from a very young age and nothing will change that thought, for me. I feel not wanting better and more, means we are settling(even if what we have is wonderful, fantastic even) and I don't want to settle. I can't understand why anyone would to be honest. We should always want more, always want better, and always be able to say "we can always do better..and here's how". It's not our education we're talking about. Yes, it's our children. They are our responsibility. They are ours(not in a "I own you" way, they're not property). But they also belong to the world and the world needs them to be ready when it's time for them to take care of it.
When we know better, we do better. Which is why regulations are in place in the first place. Whether or not we agree with them, or how strict, or even annoying they are. They wouldn't be there, if there wasn't some kind of need(ok, maybe not all of them, I do agree some are just awful). Your kids might not need it. But the kids up the road from you might. The seasoned parents who have been there, done that, may very well know what they're doing. They very well may do a fabulous job. But that doesn't mean the new parents with fresh little beings do. It doesn't mean the parents who grew up in crappy homes with parents who were sub-par, shouldn't get that guidance which they most likely do need to help raise their children. Their children deserve just as much as the parents who can easily provide on their own.
I said too much I am sure, lol. Bit of a hot topic for me I suppose.
Now, other areas of parenting where the government decides to shove it's nose I may take more issue with..but on education...I'm more on their side of the fence. If for no other reason....for the kids who truly need it.
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