Homeschoolers Really Bother the NEA

Jun 22, 2015 by

Michael Lotti –

If you want entertaining reading, I recommend portions of the National Education Association’s 2014-15 Resolutions. An earlier post noted the NEA’s strange urge to take positions on global climate change, international consumer protection, infants with disabilities, and many other topics completely outside its areas of concern.

Today, I’ll highlight NEA’s almost-too-ridiculous-to-be-believed resolution on home schooling. Here’s the passage in full:

The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. 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.

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

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

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  1. Susan

    This is the most ridiculous article I have read. Really? Taking away public school activities from homeschooled children is just wrong. The parents of homeschooled children pay their taxes AND pay for their child’s education to be homeschooled. NEA is just a political and money grubbing association.

    • Jennifer

      And in NY we are fighting to have the activities and sports given to us!

  2. Phillip

    The NEA should be disbanneded. That are useless when it comes to education. All they know is politics. They are all democratic and do not have the best interest of our kids. My kids are homeschooled and will remain that way until attending college. The sad part is my kids test higher that 95 % of public school kids on scholastic testing. No need for public school or the NEA.

    • iphisianthe

      Well that’s not entirely true that ‘public school’ is unneeded. Lots of families now have both parents working. They have to. Public schools are their ‘only’ option.

  3. Hey, at least they’ve evolved past the old “not enough socialization” crap they used to try to pull in their statements. Remember those good ol’ days? :)

    The only bit that makes sense is the credits earned toward graduation/ grade placement bit. It’s only fair if I want a degree with your school name on it that you as a school want to do a bit of quality control. So long as they treat homeschool credits with the same degree of scrutiny they would a transfer from another public school district, it sounds reasonable enough.

    The rest is crazy crap. It would be hilarious if these people didn’t have so much power.

  4. Jon

    WAIT WHAT? Sorry folks, but I think you’ve just been punked by a false flag story. I just saw that the original story came from Education News, which, if I remember correctly is an oligarch funded Reformer publication trying to pass itself off as anything but.

    • michelle

      The resolution as printed in this article is correct in its entirety. It is on the NEA website, all you need to do is go look for it. I do find it amazing that they would pick on homeschoolers like this. What’s the point in prohibiting them from playing extracurriculars? What’s with the over reaching government authority? To me it just shows what the education establishment does to anyone (parents, kids, whomever)who has the audacity to try to step out of line with what it seems to think is its ultimate authority.

      • DAWN

        I think honestly the extracurricular thing is a punishment. You don’t attend public school (although you pay taxes to it) so NO BASKETBALL FOR YOU! Honestly I think that’s the most disturbing point of this. The rest is predictable and every now and then some congressman(woman) or representative gets enough calls from NEA to try and pass something as ludicrous. The extracurricular is punitive and ostracizing to a point. They want your money (you must pay for it all, no tax breaks even though you pay taxes to fund schools) but then you can’t take part in any part of school unless you swallow the whole thing.

    • Emilson

      Jon, the quote is straight from NEA’s newest resolution Handbook, page 254.
      Look it up:
      It’s been there in similar fashion in earlier editions as well.

      Do your research before your speak.

  5. Jen B.

    Before we decided to homeschool our public school experiences for ALL of our children were horrific, chances are yours are too you just don’t know it. My kids endured or witnessed bullying from not only peers but from teachers, sexual harassment, threats on their lives, prejudice, favoritism, “lockdowns”, gang violence and my disabled child was physically/verbally abused and video taped for profit without parental consent. They spent more time going from class to class than learning and often times as it turns out tests were graded by their peers not teachers. My kids have been told to “shut up” when attempting to ask questions and refused bathroom breaks when needed which caused one of my girls to have a kidney infection. Until you can give my children a true education where half of their history is not forced out of curriculum for fear of free thought, provide them the safety they have under the care of their mother and father and hire a staff that is not working for chump change which eventually leads to them not actually giving a crap about my child’s education and stop charging me school taxes, don’t butt into our lives. My children as well as many of the other homeschooled kids I know could educate an entire school with their hands tied behind their backs, standing on one foot with an apple balanced on their head on just about any subject. They are taught ten times more information in a single year than most public school children, my children’s education continues throughout the summer as well.

  6. Judith Pyrah Arnold

    Sounds like sour grapes to me…..

    I’d suggest the NEA confine themselves to working to improve the public school system, where their efforts are more appreciated and sorely needed.

  7. Jennifer

    The day that all public school students graduate with high honors, there are no social misfits , there isn’t violence on any campuses, no children are ever abused by public school teachers, there are no reports of failing school districts or cheating on exams and /or student grading, –then come and talk to me about the ” deficiencies” of my homeschool environment.

    • Dana

      Wish I could “like” this about a thousand times.

    • Jon

      Almost all of the horrors you describe and wrongly blame schools for are those that come into the school on the backs of the kids from society at large. You also wrongly assume that all of these horror are in every school. Your vitriolic diatribe indicates that you seem to think that every kid shows up at school from a loving family in a great neighborhood clean, well fed, with glasses if need, in short with any and everything they need to fulfill their inborn abilities, and that the schools ruin them. In short, you are blaming schools and teachers for the existence of poverty and of badly behaved kids who arrive that way from home. Likewise you seem to assume that every home school experience must be top flight. I hope you were just venting after misunderstanding the snip from the article and don’t actually analyse and reason like this.

      • Jennifer

        The point of my post was to show that the NEA’s assumption that public school is the best option for every child is wrong. Homeschoolers can’t do worse, and in actuality we all know that we are doing better! Homeschooling has been show to be responsible for better outcomes where public school is failing- especially in areas of socioeconomic struggles. The NEA has enough to worry about without overreaching into my legal exercise of my freedoms.

      • Aubs

        I am a ten year veteran of homeschooling and recently had to return to work in the public schools. What you say is true. It breaks my heart that many kids have never had supper around a table or a bedtime story. Kids from good homes thrive in good public schools, most of the time. Kids from bad homes struggle. I wish it weren’t so. Until then, I treat them with the love I give to my own kids.

  8. Genette R

    The only concern here is financial…they KNOW that statistically homeschoolers blow public school kids away with academics. The NEA supports the ridiculous testing because of MONEY!!! That is all there is to it.

    Otherwise it just irks them and they feel stupid because homeschoolers do so well without them. What they fail to realize is WHY homeschoolers do so well. They learn with one on one instruction and supervision (or close to it…sometimes my kids work together with others) and they learn with much less stress. Also, we finish curriculum…teachers do not. That means completing 100% of a book as opposed to 70%…simply more education. AND not wasting our time of standardized testing and prep for said tests. The WEEKS wasted every year on that alone short changes the education of students in schools.

  9. Why on earth should we have to have someone licensed by the state to teach with the state approved curriculum and testing? The entire reason I chose to educate at home is because those state licensed educators and their state approved curriculum were failing to properly educate my child.

  10. Debra C

    A. If I have an issue with the public school system, why would I allow myself to be limited only to curricula that they approve of? How would that be different than just sending them to school?

    B. If I *am* using their approved curricula, why should my children be prohibited from participating in extracurricular activities?

    C. The education one receives for teacher certification is geared toward classroom management. It is *vastly* different to manage 1-8 children than to manage a classroom of 30. Most of the education received in order to get a teacher certification would be of no use in a homeschooling environment. Therefore, it is ridiculous to require it. It’s like requiring a math degree to work a cash register. You’ll know what you need for the job, but you’ll also know a bunch of crap that doesn’t apply and isn’t helpful, making the degree a waste of your time if your only goal is to use a cash register.

    • Check out the TEACH AMERICA project were they take college grads & place them in low income schools areas to teach. 99% are not trained as teachers & 75% or more fail at it. Most of the failure is due to the children Im sorry to say as they get no support at home but still.

    • Nancy

      Debra C., as a former public school teacher/current substitute, I can tell you that when I went to college there wasn’t a single class on classroom management. The vast majority of education classes were methods classes; how to teach different subjects to kids. Classroom management is learned ins student teaching and on the job. I’m so curious how you came to believe otherwise.

      Just for the record, I’m one of those unusual, rare, conservative educators. I fully agree that public schools are not a one-size-fits-all solutions for every child. I was just really surprised by your post.

  11. Vicki Weiss

    “…they never let poor Rudolf play in any reindeer games…”

  12. The ignorance and arrogance of the NEA and any other related organization with similar stands, is astounding! The best interest of the child is not even on their radar. The arrogance to assume a certification will determine effectiveness is myopic at best. Home Educators have a wealth of resources at their disposal, some far superior to the traditional public school, I might add. Our children learn to read unlike so many who find themselves in ‘reading recovery’ only to struggle for the rest of their lives, oh yes, that’s with trained, certified and individuals with multiple degrees. Hmmm…what’s wrong with this picture?