Best Homeschool Resources
The best homeschool resources I have found can’t be purchased, but are knowing your rights and the responsibilities that accompany them. This way, you are fully aware of what options you can choose and if someone asks you to do more or less than that option, you are fully informed and can protect your choice.
This has come to mind today as I watched a report that Susan Ryan shared at her Corn and Oil blog from Fox News about Virtual Schooling. The show started with the reporters stating how homeschooling is growing like wildfire as an intro to an interview with Elizabeth Kanna, author of Virtual Schooling, A Guide to Optimizing Your Child’s Education.
Kudos to miss Ms. Kanna for getting it right when she explained that the virtual schools she writes about are actually public virtual schools and that they are not the same as homeschooling. Certainly there are many similarities, but it is important to remember when exploring various education options that we must investigate each choice and look at the fine print attached to determine the best option for our family. That is why I’m in favor of rights and responsibilities being the foundation and key to finding the best homeschool resources available. As we investigate any choice or opportunity, it is our responsibility to ask the hard questions and to learn all we can before choosing. Clarity of language similar to Ms. Kanna’s helps to find the rights to this option all the easier.
Each state is different, but I’m familiar with the laws in my state concerning home education. In Ohio- home education laws and rules can be found within a few short chapters of the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3301-34 Excuses from Compulsory Attendance for Home Education. Virtual Public School Laws can be found in the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3314 and include many more laws since they are public schools.
Knowing the rights and responsibilities involved with each choice, whether they are labeled public virtual school, public brick and mortar school, private school or home education, provides an excellent foundation for parents to be able to find the best resources for their child(ren).