We are an unschooling family a year or so away from "declaring" our intent to homeschool. A friend who homeschools 3 older kids mentioned homeschooling "under the radar" and another family she knows has never registered their kids. While we both know this is not how it is supposed to be done, she didn't seem to think the consequences are very steep. Washington is a pretty lenient state, but the last thing I want is to be forced to send my kids to school if I am found out! But I looooooooooooooooooove the idea of no supervision! (Did I include enough "o"s to express how much I really love the idea?)
I am of the personality that seethes when other people tell me what to do when they have no good reason for having me do it. I am an unrepentant scofflaw. Yes, I can be contrary and might even jump off a bridge because someone told me not to! But usually I find that my ideas have come about from thoughtfulness and experience, and I don't want someone who knows nothing about my family coming in and telling me what is best. Ordering me to do what they think is best. Geez Louise! The thought of it gets me all quivery and jumpy and I'm looking out for the next convenient bridge just in case....
Can I really be this calm and play innocent if I get caught? Will they just as calmly ask me to get busy registering my kids with no further trouble? Are WA's easy homeschooling laws worth the trouble of dodging?