As long as there's something that makes sure homeschool kids are getting the same education as everyone else. And you know why I listed this first - there are countless articles about HS parents who turned to HS because they "disagreed" with the proposed curriculum.As for what YOU think "should" be going on with the home school world.
1. Standardized testing. My state requires it, but the grades are for statistics only. We aren't rushed and pushed to teach to the test.
Have you reported them? Do their children seem to be the victims of abuse? And the mere fact that public (and private) school kids are IN school provides at least one possibility that someone will notice something amiss.2. Check on child's well being. Now, that is just absurd. How so? Do you really feel that tax payers should pay for DHS or whomever to go door to door and examine each household? Why not for public schoolers too? I know of several people who live in my town who are on drugs. Their kids go to public school. Why is no one busting their doors down and checking on those kids?
We already have social workers who check on the well-being of kids in Foster programs, we would just expand the program to include children who are homeschooled. And trust me, all we have to do is show the article which started this thread and people will literally throw money at this idea. It's better than making HS illegal, don't you think?
Can you honestly tell me that you wouldn't like a service that provided this information? I don't understand how you can argue with this suggestion if it's only to help you pursue this endeavor. Unless you're absolutely so jaded that you either won't accept any type of governmental program or simply are disagreeing because someone who doesn't think HS is perfect (that would be me) came up with the idea.3. Inform parents and kids of new programs. Are taxpayers now suppose to pay for "home school programs"? Or do you mean things in the community? Every child I know who is in homeschool is in at least one sport or fun activity outside of the home. See, good parents make sure their kids get to do those things. All by ourselves. No one needs to tell us. Would you require every child to join a sport? At what point would you be satisfied that each parent knew about said programs? When they ALL took part in them?
Hey, I don't follow the HS community (since I mostly don't care) so I didn't know. But that's right, HS families know everything.4. Forums. There are thousands of online homeschool support forums. And even in my small town there are several homeschool groups who meet weekly or monthly. We are not lacking in support.
But you have to agree that HS is not a normal situation, so some provisions need to be made to make sure.5. Medical records. If kids aren't seeing a doctor regular basis then yes, something could be going on. But I see no reason the school district or government should need to see my kids doctor's notes. That info is between me and the doctor unless the doctor feels that something is going on that shouldn't be. Then he is obligated to notify the proper authorities.