You can help raise awareness of the need for better protections for homeschooled children by sharing articles on social media, talking to friends, and contacting local media organizations and lawmakers. Raising awareness of the need for reform is critically important. Below are some tips—both key articles and talking points—that may aid you as you speak with family members, engage with others on social media, and reach out to others you know.
Many people are shocked to learn how little their home state does to make sure that homeschooled children receive an education. Sharing this information can be a good way to raise awareness. Some individuals are concerned that oversight could create problems for homeschool parents. Point out that there are ways to provide accountability without requiring homeschool parents to use the same curriculum as public schools.
While most homeschooling parents are not abusive, homeschooling gives abusive parents the ability to isolate their children. In some cases, abusive parents homeschool solely to hide their abuse. The results can be disastrous. Sharing stories of children who were abused or killed by their parents in homeschool situations can be an effective way of raising awareness of the need for better protections for at-risk children.
How should you respond to those who believe that homeschooled children outperform other children academically? First, point out that homeschooled children’s performance depends on the amount of effort their parents put into their education. Share testimonials written by homeschool alumni who were educationally neglected. Second, point out that the studies that find higher scores draw on volunteer samples of children homeschooled in non-poor, college-educated families. Share accurate information on homeschool research.