Originally Posted by Linda on the move
There are good reasons for other people to use those kinds of programs, but I think that homeschooling is a heck of a lot easier *for my child* without those hassles.
Oh yeah, it would be easier not to go through a Charter - but for some people, us included, homeschooling would be very difficult without these options. I don't know that we will stay with CAVA or move to a different HS Charter at some point (because in my district, we have lots of options that have more curriculum choices and even pay for extra curriculars - but my kids like the curriculum for now, so we're staying there), but unless our financial situation changes drastically, I won't be able to pay out of pocket for the things my kids and I want to do.
In any case, the requirements of our particular charter school don't seem any more restrictive than the homeschooling requirements in some other states that require extensive record keeping and yearly testing.
I do want to add that no one offended me in this thread, so please don't think I'm annoyed with anyone here. I do think that people need to know what they're getting into as far as requirements for work samples, meeting with "teachers," (really, that's the one thing that irks me. They call the lady I talk to once a month and meet with every six weeks my kids' teacher. She's not. I am. ) standardized testing, etc. It's just that sometimes, in some situations, in some circles of people, there is a strong implication that people who are going through a charter are somehow. . .less dedicated to homeschooling? Don't have enough "homeschooler street cred"? Are homeschooler posers? Homeschooler sell outs? Are people to be looked down on in someway? I'm not saying anyone here is doing that - just that it's out there, and sometimes the language of, "It's not really
homeschooling" can lead to hurt feelings and divisions and often sounds more like, "You're not really a homeschooler." I don't see any harm in pointing out that a student going through a charter would be a public school student, that they will be subject to requirements that private homeschool students aren't, etc.