HEM’s Kaseman Columns
Essays by HEM’s political action columnists, Larry and Susan Kaseman
“Homeschooling” in Public Schools: a Dangerous Oxymoron
There are fundamental differences between homeschooling and conventional schooling. If we want to be able to take responsibility for our lives and homeschool in ways that will work well for our family, we need to be aware of these differences and act in ways that will maintain these differences and prevent homeschooling from being reduced to schooling by becoming a small, insignificant part of conventional schooling.
Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive
Although this column was written prior to the development of virtual charter schools, it is relevent because it “discusses important strengths of homeschooling, differences between homeschooling and conventional schooling, and reasons why relying on conventional school standards will undermine homeschooling.” It also describes ways to maintain homeschooling’s independence and integrity.
Homeschoolers: Is Our Good Name for Sale?
This column will discuss why homeschoolers have become the targets of this marketing, how accepting these offers would affect us, and what we can do, including sharing this information with others, since even if we refuse these offers, our freedoms will be undermined if other people accept them.
How Will Virtual Schools Affect Homeschooling?
Virtual courses and degree programs are becoming increasingly available through the Internet. This column will consider how they will affect American education in general and homeschooling in particular and how we can respond.
How William Bennett’s Public E-Schools Affect Homeschooling
Many homeschoolers are familiar with the name William Bennett. He is known as a conservative, a former U. S. Secretary of Education, and editor of books such as The Book of Virtues. In the past, a significant number of homeschoolers may have appreciated his position on some issues. However, in his role as a key promoter of public e-schools, Bennett is acting in ways that disregard our interests as homeschoolers and undermine our homeschooling freedoms.
Let’s Not Let Cyber Charter Schools Do In Homeschooling
This column discusses the origin and nature of cyber charter schools, problems they are causing, and what we can do.
Problems with Putting Public E-Schools in Homes
We need to establish and maintain the distinction between homeschools and cyber charter schools, in the media and in the general public’s understanding.
Home Education Magazine
Articles, essays, news and more from HEM
A Note From HEM’s Publishers About “We Stand for Homeschooling”
As these programs have grown and proliferated in state after state we’ve come to feel they are perhaps the single most important issue affecting the future of homeschooling.
Apples and Oranges - Rocks and Pears - Schools and Homeschools, by Helen Hegener
Have you ever thought about what makes homeschooling such a unique approach to living and learning with our children? Have you ever considered why it changes our lives in ways no other educational option can? As we’ve written here many times over the years, for our family and for thousands of others, homeschooling is more than just an educational option; it’s a completely different way of being with children, and it’s about much more than an academic definition of learning.
Free Lunch Revisited
Recently, I reviewed the January-February, 1999, issue of Home Education Magazine, reading again “So What About That Free Lunch? How Can We Trust the State?” Therein, I wrote that even after 10 years of established homeschooling regulations in Ohio, some superintendents kept skirting, flirting and blatantly violating those regulations. That article was written as I had begun to notice a few voices within homeschooling singing the praises of homeschooling-public school “partnerships.”
So What About That Free Lunch? How Can We Trust the State? by Peggy Daly-Masternak
In asmuch as we continue to encounter a consistently-demonstrated lack of compliance by the schools, I take tremendous exception to the “great chance” proffered in any discussion of sharing school services or using alternative public school programs. Right to the point: If, after nine years, we cannot count on school districts to be upstanding and above-board in their administration of clearly-defined homeschooling regulations, I certainly doubt that we can count on them for greater respect in murky areas not specifically defined by those regulations.
A Large Dose of Reality
This is an important compilation of mainstream media news stories from the last year (2003), with many reports connected to public school enrollment, including cyber schools and charter schools. These and other forms of public school enrollment are increasingly affecting the freedoms of homeschooling families.
Various material on the web:
Charter Schools: Trojan Horses of Homeschooling
You’ve all heard of the legendary ten-year battle between the Greeks and Trojans. It ended when the Greeks sent a huge gift horse with Greek soldiers secreted inside. While the city of Troy slept, the soldiers sneaked out and opened the gates to let in their comrades, and the city of Troy was taken captive. The same thing is happening to homeschoolers today.
The National Charter School Watch yahoogroup was highlighted in The Home Education Support Group News in August 2005. Annette discusses with Mary Nix why she started the group and some of the things she has learned about public school-at-home programs. She also discusses homeschoolers’ concerns with these types of public school programs.
Homeschooling and Public School-At-Home Programs by Annette J.
A look into public school at home programs from a homeschool perspective.
“Your Papers, Please.” by Annette J.
Yesterday, I asked readers to consider whether or not we should care about the answer to the question of “When is a homeschooler not a homeschooler?” In my opinion, the answer to the question is “no.” Surprised by that answer? Let me explain.