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School Board: Homeschooling Disorganized and Isolationist

This item is from 2011, but it illustrates the kind of obstacles that homeschoolers face from the elite educational establishment, and things like this continue to happen.

School Board: Homeschooling Disorganized and Isolationist
West Virginia August 1, 2011

West Virginia’s Monongalia County Board of Education is proposing a new homeschool policy. In the document’s “statement of purpose,” the board refers to stale objections, which reveal a flawed and stereotyped view towards homeschooling. Despite the fact that homeschooling has decades worth of practical and scientific evidence documenting its success, there are still public school officials who re-use the same old criticism of homeschooling—teacher competency and socialization.

Here is the proposed policy’s first paragraph:

“Monongalia County Board of Education encourages the enrollment of all school-age children [who] are residents in Monongalia County or in registered parochial or private schools so that they may enjoy the benefits a of well-planned educational program and the socialization possible in a group environment.”

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