Washington’s strong homeschool law has been part of a national trend toward parents’ rejecting public schools and taking over their children’s education.
My husband Steve and I began homeschooling our three youngest children in 1992. It has always been quite a challenge to be parents to our children and teach them too. Even finding time to mark their essays or grammar tests can be tricky sometimes! We do love using a fantastic teacher app to help take us with marking!
Although currently only 4 percent of children are home-schooled in the U.S., the number of primary school kids whose parents are choosing to forgo a “traditional” education is growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.
According to Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, the home education growth rate is 7 percent to 15 percent per year.
Washington’s homeschool law allows a parent to home-school if (s)he has either completed a full year of college, completed a course in home-based education, is supervised by a certified educator, or has approval from the local school district. Parents are required to sign an annual declaration and file it with the local school district. Continue reading Washington’s Homeschool Law Gives Parents a Choice