Home-school With No Testing Results Is Not Good!
My concern for these children in Texas being home-schooled is the child's education. Now, I know most parents that do this are concerned with their children's education as well. I also think that home-school is a great idea for children in some cases and not so much in others.
One thing I find objectionable is that they are not placed into social situations as they are in traditional schools. School is a place they can interact with other children of different backgrounds which helps them adjust to "real life" outside the protected home environment.They also miss out on making friendships that will last a life time.
However my major concern (here in Texas) is that there is no testing system to see if the parents are actually teaching them, or if the child is learning. If the child is not learning they will become illiterate and another drain on society with no chance of a decent life.
In this home-schooling case who benefits? Children that have drug addicts for parents, parents that just don't care about the children or those subsequently wanting to lay low for whatever reason, all at the expense of the child.
We never want to think about parents being this way toward their children. Children are supposed to be the number one priority of parents but sadly lets face it more and more it seems in many cases it's not.
Texas: The state does not have a specific homeschooling statute, but court decisions have established the right for [ sic ] homeschools to operate under private school rules. Required subjects are reading, spelling, grammar, math and good citizenship. No requirement of standardized testing. State law specifically prohibits Texas colleges from discriminating against [ sic ] homeschooled applicants. (http://education.findlaw.com/education-options/education-and-homeschooling-state-laws.html)
Maybe it's time we had a chat with our law making system about protecting the safety and education of children.
Bless you and all those you touch,