Connecticut’s home-schoolers are unregulated. They want to keep it that way

Jun 20, 2019 by

On a recent morning, Lina Schlotter sat at her granite kitchen counter in Simsbury, reading a child’s version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” aloud to her 10-year-old son, Tucker.

Soon, he’ll be reading the bard’s original text, while also reading the works of Plutarch, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” and a biography of Marco Polo — all a part of Schlotter’s home schooling plan for her son.

“We’re doing French right now, we do poetry everyday. We’re doing two math programs, natural history,” Schlotter said later as she flipped through the thick loose-leaf notebook where she has lessons plans for each day through the end of the year.  Schlotter is so well-organized she already has many of the books that Tucker will need in high school.

The academics are complemented by field trips to museums in Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as nature walks and sports.

“I feel like I’m giving my child a steak education and the public school tries to give them McDonald’s,” she said

So Schlotter, like the hundreds of home-schooling parents who made their views known to legislators this year, was relieved when last month the legislature’s Education Committee stripped Gov. Ned Lamont’s education bill of a provision that would have required home-schoolers to register annually with their school district.

“I feel like I’m giving my child a steak education and the public school tries to give them McDonald’s.”

Lina Schlotter
Simsbury home-schooler

“I would prefer to have no regulation because I don’t need it,” Schlotter said, though she did allow there might be families who could use some help.

However, while the provision is gone, the idea of requiring home-schoolers to register is not dead.

Source: Connecticut’s home-schoolers are unregulated. They want to keep it that way

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