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Coalition for Responsible Homeschooling? Anyone heard of them?

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Saw some chatter about them on another thread, but don't really know who they are. Anyone know their stance on unschooling?
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No, but learning.

 

From the Coalition for Responsible Home Education website:

 

Quote:
 Homeschooling laws around the country currently allow for broad parental freedoms but are seriously lacking in protections for the rights of children and youth.  Because of this oversight, some homeschooled American children receive stellar educations while others do not learn basic reading, writing, or mathematics skills and are at a greater risk of experiencing abuse and neglect, gender discrimination, and struggles with obtaining gainful employment.  There is currently little or no recourse for children faced with neglectful or abusive homeschooling environments, as many states do not require any form of testing or monitoring of educational quality, some allow homeschoolers to operate under exemptions, and others do not require registration at all. There is little reliable data collection on homeschooled children who have fallen through the cracks, and almost no resources for people concerned on their behalf.
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I do like that their website is fairly succinct for what they are trying to accomplish:

 

Policy Recommendations

 

Of course, non-vaxxing hsing families will looooooove their medical exam recommendations :eyesroll.  It looks like criticism of the group centers around their background and stories of abuse via uber-religious ("homeschooling") environments.  

 

ETA: still looking for any particular stance on unschooling.  I don't think that is specifically the group they are targeting, though they would undoubtedly be affected.


Edited by SweetSilver - 12/24/13 at 8:33am
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I think they cover different styles of homeschooling (including child-led/unschooling) here: 

 

http://www.responsiblehomeschooling.org/child-wellbeing/recognizing-educational-neglect/

 

"Many homeschool parents allow their children to progress at different paces in different subjects based on their interest and aptitude, meaning that at any given time their children may be ahead in some subjects and behind in others. In addition, many homeschool parents embrace experiential child-led learning that may look little like formal classroom learning. Homeschooling offers families an amount of flexibility and an ability to individualize and innovate that can be both extremely attractive and very positive. Whether or not learning is taking place is more important than whether or not a family is using textbooks, replicating a school setting, or covering the same subjects and material a child would be studying at their age and grade level in public school."

 

This articles chronicles some of the stuff the organizers went through as children: 

 

http://prospect.org/article/homeschool-apostates  This article was an interesting read.  

 

There is also this website: http://hsinvisiblechildren.org

and this one: http://homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com

 

I have been keeping an eye on these websites and stories that relate to them because I find it interesting.  

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