A short excerpt from the many many offensive resolutions passed at the 2005 convention of the National Education Association in Los Angeles this summer as excerpted here:
B-70. Home Schooling. The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state requirements. 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.
Rather than rant, I'm just going to say this:
My children will never ever receive better, more appropriate care and concern for their educational experiences from the state (whether it be the state of Tennessee or the government of The United States of America) than they will from me, their mother. I submit as proof the progress we have made together in the past 10 months. Five years--five long hard years-- of inclusion in the public school system (presumably run by professional educators) did not give Julian the tools he needed to learn even the basics of knowledge. At the risk of indignance, he did not begin to show strides in development until he began experiencing learning in an environment that was safe, comfortable and flexible and with the direction of someone who cared more about his well-being and his advancement academically than his most recent test score or his ability to sit in a desk and be quiet.
The NEA endorsed a resolution supporting low student-to-teacher ratios. Um, can't beat our 2:1 ratio. Right now, that means two teachers to one student. At worst, in a few years it will officially drop to 2 teachers and 2 students. Still, not such a bad thing. In Julian's last semester of school, his teacher informed me rather defiantly that she did not have the time to plan developmentally appropriate work for him (work that he could actually do) because she had 30 other students to also think about. Trust me when I say...that is no longer a problem.
The NEA endorsed a resolution calling for tolerance and open-mindedness. Yet, they refuse to be tolerant of at least one million home school students and their families. How's that for open-mindedness?
And finally, the NEA endorsed a resolution calling for increased parent involvement in the education of children. Hmmph. I would guess that 24/7 is pretty darn involved!
The NEA website says they have 2.7 million members. Sad that so many highly educated people are so misguided.