The National Education Association Hates Homeschoolers

 

I was scrolling through my daily dose of Internet news when I was struck by a recent post in the website Education News. The post mentioned a few idiosyncratic things about the National Education Association’s (NEA) odd decision to post opinions on things that have nothing to do with education – but are definitely liberal political hobby horses (like climate change and international consumer protection among others). However the author focused on the overly harsh language that the NEA uses in their Resolutions when discussing homeschoolers.

Here’s the relevant segment from their Resolutions from the 2014-2015 school year.

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B-83. Home Schooling

The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.

The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.

Holder homeschoolThe Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2006)

 

I love how the NEA simply says that they don’t believe homeschooling can offer a “comprehensive education experience”, yet offers no support for their conclusion. Study after study shows that homeschoolers today earn higher grades, do better in college and earn more money as professionals. Seems like maybe it’s the public school system that doesn’t offer the “comprehensive” education experience? The NEA is operating off of a decades old generalization of who homeschoolers are without realizing that modern homeschooling has developed into a much more nuanced and “comprehensive” experience than our public schools can offer. Homeschoolers enroll in sports programs, music classes, visit museums, zoos and libraries– sometimes they do all these things multiple times in one week!

I especially like the next part where the NEA demands that homeschool parents cover the cost of homeschooling on their own.

…with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians.

It makes me laugh, because they also demand that homeschooling parents help cover the school costs of sending other kids to school. That seems more than a bit hypocritical, no? “Use your own money to educate your kid! Give us your money to educate other people’s kids!”

To really drive home the  point that they hate homeschoolers, the NEA also demands that kids who are homeschooled shouldn’t be allowed to get involved with public school extracurriculars.

The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.

Again, they want your money to pay for those extracurricular activities – in fact, they want the government to force you to spend MORE money on such things, but they don’t want your homeschooler getting involved. Why? Because the NEA is a low-class, tacky, petty and vindictive organization that doesn’t care about giving kids “the best” education possible. No, they only care about having power and exerting influence… which is why they also take a stand on political issues that have nothing to do with education.

Homeschool families, the NEA hates you and you should despise their organization right back.

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