Since there's already a thread . . .
I've been doing some more blog reading on fundamentalist homeschooling, and it lead me to do a little looking at the program I was involved in from Grade 2-9. It is heavily bible-based, including an emphasis on creationism (http://www.ark.net/
- would love to hear Claire's opinions of the curriculum outline, under 'handbook') . It bothered me that my government subsidizes this kind of anti-science teaching, so I looked to see what kind of assessment the ministry of education does on these programs. Well . . .
Homeschooling allows students to work at their own pace and parents to blend family, life and schoolwork into their own schedule. Homeschooling is the full responsibility of the parent, is not supervised by a British Columbia certified teacher, is not required to meet provincial standards, and is not inspected by the Ministry of Education.
Oh, and there's more:
Under Part 2, Div. 4, Sections 12-14 of the BC School Act, parents may choose to register their children as homeschoolers. This must be done by Sept. 30th of each year, and the parent(s) must provide their child(ren) with "an educational program". The "educational program" is not defined specifically except to say that it means "an organized set of learning activities that, in the opinion of the parent ... is designed to enable learners to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute to a healthy, democratic and pluralistic society and a prosperous and sustainable economy" [Part 1, Section 1, "educational program" Part (c), BC School Act ]; does not need to be approved by any school board nor assessed by any teacher; testing, assessment, visits, or reporting are not required.
I'm not even sure what to say at this point. Is this normal in other countries?