Did You Know That There Are 14 States That Don’t Require English And Math For Homeschooled Kids?

As public schools decline because of lack of funding and lack of people giving a s***, more and more parents are schooling their children at home.

Some homeschooling parents are well-educated and feel that mainstream education isn’t challenging their kids, but others are not so well-educated and feel that public schools don’t talk about God enough, or worse, the schools teach *gasp* science. Most, though, say the school environment is what draws them to homeschooling.

Homeschooling, according to the National Home Education Research Institute, may be the fastest growing form of education. They estimate that there are about 2.2 million homeschooled kids in the U.S.

Even with homeschooling, you’d think that there are standards. With most states, there are, but there’s a lot of reason to fear the homeschooling trend. Most states don’t require that parents have any sort of education. Some states have no curriculum whatsoever and despite schools requiring standardized testing, only about half of states pass that requirement on to home schooled kids.

The New York Times did a fairly in-depth report on homeschooling in the nation. Here’s just a bit (emphasis added):

Unlike so much of education in this country, teaching at home is broadly unregulated. Along with steady growth in home schooling has come a spirited debate and lobbying war over how much oversight such education requires.

Eleven states do not require families to register with any school district or state agency that they are teaching their children at home, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, a nonprofit group that is pushing for more accountability in home schooling. Fourteen states do not specify any subjects that families must teach, and only nine states require that parents have at least a high school diploma or equivalent in order to teach their children. In half the states, children who are taught at home never have to take a standardized test or be subject to any sort of formal outside assessment.

For maps of the states, go to Vox.com.

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