I Support CRHE

I Support CRHE

If you support CRHEโ€™s efforts to make homeschooling a safe, healthy educational environment, we would love to have you add your name to our supporters roll! If possible, please include a (brief) note explaining why you believe children who are homeschooled need an advocate. Thank you for your support!

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Rachel wrote on 22 August, 2021:
I wish there was someone who stepped in and advocated for me when I was a homeschooled student. The academic neglect I faced has had a profoundly negative effect on my self-worth. Aa a homeschooled student, I thought I was just too simple minded to succeed the way my peers were. It has taken years for me to realize that the way I was treated was wrong, and the anger, confusion and shame I felt was a normal reaction and not my fault in the least. Every "teacher" should be held accountable for their decisions, especially if they happen to be your parents.
Child-Friendly Faith Project wrote on 29 May, 2021:
The Child-Friendly Faith Project is a non-profit organization that envisions a world where no child suffers abuse or neglect as a result of religious belief, doctrine, or practice. We stand with CHRE in their belief that every homeschooled child deserves a quality education in a loving, safe, and supporting home.
Valerie Aurora wrote on 21 May, 2021:
I loved being homeschooled, but it was a mixed blessing for me as a disabled and unpopular kid who was also living in an abusive Christian family. Having oversight of homeschooling families like CHRE is advocating for would have made my life better.
Beth wrote on 21 May, 2021:
I grew up in a cult that 'homeschooled' the children. Female children were not educated. I would like to see more oversight from the state/government for homeschooled children.
Darren McDonald wrote on 20 May, 2021:
Anyone who believes in homeschooling should believe in ensuring that children receive a real education and are raised in a safe environment. It is a travesty that people too often use homeschooling to hide violence and keeping children ignorant and vulnerable.
Monique Salinas PhD wrote on 20 May, 2021:
Kudos, and much love and support to this much needed organization under the wise and insightful leadership of Jeremy Young and his brilliant partner Chelsea for taking up this important issue!
Heather Heath wrote on 29 April, 2021:
I was an invisible kid. I had to relearn almost everything as an adult and now my dream is for no other kids to stay hidden and educationally neglected as I was. If CRHE had been around when I was young I could have had a much safer experience w/o the need for escape.
Steve Sutter wrote on 26 April, 2021:
Lucky to have found an unbiased organization representing the educational interests of all homeschooled students. Thanks for being there.
Jennifer Damashek wrote on 12 April, 2021:
I have been a homeschooling parent for 18 years. I chose to homeschool because I thought it was the best path for my children. My son chose to attend a public high school, and my daughter chose to homeschool all the way to college. She is graduating this year and was accepted to her first choice college. I believe it is the responsibility of all adults in a community to protect the children who are their neighbors. I believe children's rights outweigh parental rights. Children should be physically safe, have their basic needs met, receive medical care and be given at the very least a basic education which allows them to leave home with the ability to read and write well and be mathematically functional in the world. These basic rights should be ensured for every American child, and I feel it's my responsibility to take actions to ensure this...
Annie Morphew wrote on 24 March, 2021:
Every child has a right to a good education. Responsible homeschooling can 100% provide a child with a quality education, but far too many parents use homeschooling to hide the educational neglect of their children. Educational neglect is abuse that limits childrenโ€™s opportunities in the world from the start. At its worst, educational neglect can trap children and young people in abusive situations and communities. Children need advocates to make sure that their rights as human beings are protected.
Creeland Provinsal wrote on 16 March, 2021:
I was a homeschooled/unschooled child โ€œk-12โ€ if you could call it that. More like k-8. I was a difficult child to teach apparently and my parents gave up on teaching me for the sake of our relationship. I was basically left to my own devices and handed books but being a child I chose video games and the internet over teaching myself. For my entire life Iโ€™ve internalized this as a personal failure, that I am lazy and failed myself and my family. Itโ€™s only been this past year that Iโ€™ve come to realize that I experienced educational neglect. And after reading so many testimonies from others who are recovering from homeschooling Iโ€™ve come to realize that Iโ€™ve experienced many of the same things that they have. I strongly believe that homeschooling needs 10x the oversight that it currently does, in its current state kids arenโ€™t just falling through cracks,...
Matthew Wildrick wrote on 4 March, 2021:
I am a victim of homeschooling educational neglect. I was pulled out of school in the 1st grade because my parents wished to keep me from progressive, left-leaning values taught in schools and modern society. They did this as means to indoctrinate me into taking on a worldview centered on religious, right-wing, fundamentalism โ€“ with the Bible as the only trustworthy source (besides Fox News). In this isolation, my education and social life were severely hampered until college. This experience has made me partial to the view that homeschooling ought to be vastly more regulated than it is now, if not entirely banned. From the first through twelfth grade, the majority of my time was spent playing outside, watching TV or movies. A dream for most kids. Of the few children who knew about my lifestyle, many expressed their jealousy. At the time, it didnโ€™t seem so bad. The negative...
Sarah R. Larson wrote on 23 February, 2021:
I fully support CRHE because of my own story growing up homeschooled. I would consider the experience to be neglectful and severely lacking, mostly from inexperience and lack of knowledge on the part of my parents who taught me. I want to prevent this from ever happening to another child. I believe homeschooling can be effective and a good alternative to public schooling, but only if there are policies put in place that hold educators accountable and protect homeschooled children.
Kristin George wrote on 18 January, 2021:
Unfortunately, swelling homeschool numbers include a subset of children who are floundering in public schools and leave even though there is no real prospect for schooling at home. The children are cheated an education and the school is able to skirt their responsibility to help struggling kids. Meanwhile, homeschoolers as a group appear more disfunctional. If homeschoolers refuse to acknowledge this reality, and find ways to ensure homeschooling laws aren't abused, the pushback against homeschooling will continue to grow.
Noella H. Merchant wrote on 14 January, 2021:
Although homeschooling can be a wonderful thing (and I am planning on homeschooling my future kids!), it can also be used as a way to hide abuse. I was one of thousands of children whose abuse was hidden because I was hidden and isolated from peers and caring adults. Homeschooling can be supported and have oversight at the same time, and CRHE is an incredible organization for holding to these beliefs.
Berit Mann wrote on 16 December, 2020:
Children are people with rights, as are parents. People fight vocally for the right of parents to home educate, however up until now there has been little fight for the rights of children to an education and a safe home! Parents have a right to educate their children, but parents aren't overlords. They don't have a be-all-end-all right to treat their children however they want. They don't have a right to stifle their child, they can't deprive a basic education, and they can't abuse their children because these actions INFRINGE on the rights of another human being: the child. To give parents absolute power over children with no checks and balances is the definition of slavery. CRH does an excellent job balancing the rights of parents to their children without infringing on the basic rights of children as American citizens. These rights need to be balanced, and the balance is...
Heather K. wrote on 8 December, 2020:
I support homeschool advocacy because I was an abused and neglected child that needed it. My story is not unique. Fighting like hell to make a better future for homeschool kids.
Noella Merchant wrote on 3 December, 2020:
I'm so glad that I found this group! I was homeschooled from k-12, which my parents used as a way to keep me extremely socially isolated while inflicting emotional abuse on me every day. While I believe that homeschooling can be absolutely fantastic in many cases, there needs to be more advocacy for oversight and children's rights. I'm so grateful that CRHE exists!
Jeremy C. Young wrote on 1 December, 2020:
Homeschooled children are more likely to be murdered than are children enrolled in public school. That's not because homeschooling is a bad thing -- it's not -- but because homeschooling laws are so weak and have so little oversight that child abusers regularly enroll as "homeschoolers" to skirt child protection laws. This has to change, and soon. Give to the Coalition For Responsible Home Education today and help reform homeschooling laws so they protect homeschoolers, not abusers. You won't find a more important cause.
ashlie clay wrote on 21 April, 2020:
Homeschooling without regulation and oversight is highly irresponsible and neglectful. So happy to see an organization standing up for homeschooled kids!
Tracy L Gillhespy wrote on 25 March, 2020:
Bardia Gharib wrote on 12 March, 2020:
Our son was born in Germany and came to the US being 3 years old. He attended public, charter and private schools and lived one year in mexico in between. He is 12 years old now, but will finish this year 9th grade (public school plus Florida Virtual School). He likes school, it is just too slow for him and there are no options to graduate under 16 (in his case 12or 13) other than home schooling. I was first sceptical (no home schooling in Germany) but as more i read and see: it is the perfect solution for our son-no doubt. He contacted already some universities (Duke, FIU) and they confirmed that they have no issue at all with a "home school high school" diploma and looking forward to his application. I am very thankful for CRHE creating such a great info platform and more importantly to ensure that...
Rebekah Hampton Barger wrote on 29 February, 2020:
I was homeschooled from 2nd grade through graduation. I'm the oldest of 4 kids & the rest of my siblings were homeschooled from the beginning. As an adult looking back, I am continually awestruck by what an amazing job my parents did with our education, especially now that I am more aware of how often that is not the case. For me, homeschooling allowed me to focus more on topics & subjects that interested me (political science & classical ballet, among others). I also was able to take advantage of opportunities that happened during the day because my schedule was more flexible. Looking back, I think I can pinpoint some of the things my mom was very intentional about that I believe made all the difference in my experience vs. some others. She kept meticulous notes about what each of us were working on & carefully tracked the time spent...
Allison Gerhart wrote on 18 February, 2020:
For Kyle and Emily, who never made it out alive...
Lacy carroll wrote on 18 February, 2020:
I was unenrolled from public school at the age of 8 years old. My parents had every intention of continuing my education but life got in the way. After having missed a year of school my parents tried putting me back in school but I'd missed so much and the first time my mother was called for a teacher conference she took me out of school again. I never had any additional education until I started GED classes as an adult. I want to keep this from happening to any more children.
Jessee Lovegood wrote on 28 January, 2020:
As a psychotherapist, I see kids everyday with tumultuous home lives who are only getting help and assistance because they're exposed to a network of adults outside the family who are trained and able to spot these problems. It is far from a perfect system, but it's a hidden benefit of the public school system. We need a way to make sure these checks and balances are in place for families who choose to homeschool.
Jan Pendergast wrote on 3 January, 2020:
Amber Couchot wrote on 2 January, 2020:
I support CRHE and their mission to empower homeschooled children by advocating for them and educating the public. All children matter and we need to work together as a nation to protect at-risk children who are involved in homeschooling.
Patricia Portillo wrote on 25 November, 2019:
I am so saddened by how many defenseless children go unseen because there are little to no restrictions and regulations put in place in order to defend them!! We must protect the children!
Reanna Giles wrote on 5 November, 2019:
Homeschooling is not for every child. I believe that there needs to be stricter guidelines to follow and the child's wants should be taken into consideration. I was homeschooled agianst my will and my education was hampered because of being homeschooled. Had I had an opportunity to get out of it, I would have.
Catharine Alvarez wrote on 3 November, 2019:
I am a home school parent, and I support CRHE's mission to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Briana wrote on 31 October, 2019:
I was homeschooled all throughout secondary school and unfortunately my parents had to go back to work around grade 5 which left my sisters and I teaching ourselves all of our school work. While we were able to read and do basic math we were unable to do much more then that and did not have any subjects past those, missing out on all of the basic sciences, history, math, and other subjects that we deserved to receive. I don't blame my parents but I wish I had the opportunity to an education and the right to go to school that kids deserve. This experience has impacted my life and left me with a lot of self-blame and shame, I am hopeful to learn and use my experience in the near future to possibly help others who had similar experiences or worse.
Kandyce Crane wrote on 26 October, 2019:
Coping with adulthood after receiving an inadequate education bleeds far beyond entering adulthood on uneven playing field - in cases such as my own, it wasn't until my mid-twenties that I even began to unravel the extent of my handicap - and accepting these realities has been an extremely traumatic process that has ultimately left me further isolated - but I maintain some semblance of hope remembering that I'm just now reaching this point, and I'm not alone
Rachel Hamilton wrote on 28 August, 2019:
My son and I are survivors of severe domestic abuse at the hands of his biological father, who is now in prison for charges due to that abuse. We chose homeschooling as an option for my son's safety and mental health to heal emotionally from the PTSD from the events and to keep his as far from his father's family as possible. Even with protection orders and no contact orders, our local district faced issues with various people attempting to violate the agreement. So for safety purposes, we chose this best option. This may not be the reason why many people choose homeschooling, but for us, security and education go hand in hand.
Randi Robbins wrote on 14 August, 2019:
Every child deserves the right to an education, whether that be through the eyes of a public/private school or homeschooling. There needs to be a more child-centered approach to homeschooling. There needs to be more regulations to someone doing the teaching, and the child doing the learning.
Robert wrote on 9 August, 2019:
Your good work helped inspire several of us to form the Restricted Education Study Group. Website: religionandrestrictededucation.com
Angela Grimberg wrote on 1 August, 2019:
I was homeschooled up until Sophomore year of high school. I faced many barriers over the last few years as I graduated from high school and gained momentum to pursue a career in healthcare. I am about to graduate college with a bachelors in science and apply to grad school. I am lucky. I made it out of homeschooling and moved on to be successful. I have seen just as many if not more homeschoolers fall short and they are going to suffer for the rest of their lives because of the neglect of their parents. I have seen many homeschoolers that are raised racists and hateful people because they were not exposed to diversity and only raised with their parents ideologies. Diversity should be a requirement of homeschooling, and homeschooling parents should be educated themselves to be allowed to teach. I really hope there will be more awareness on...
Jennifer Rigney wrote on 22 June, 2019:
I support responsible homeschooling. I don't agree that only homeschoolers are neglected/abused but public schoolers are subject to abuse, neglected,bullied and so on.
Rebecca wrote on 20 June, 2019:
Ellen Torres wrote on 28 May, 2019:
Every child deserves the right the an education. Educational neglect is abuse.
Ally Kelly wrote on 28 April, 2019:
Allison Gerhart wrote on 21 April, 2019:
brianna wrote on 8 April, 2019:
Zach DePledge wrote on 7 April, 2019:
Purnima Jagtap wrote on 3 April, 2019:
Thank your for your efforts in making home-schooling safe and healthy for children!
Jess H. wrote on 3 April, 2019:
Jessica Hansen wrote on 3 April, 2019:
Kelli Hayes wrote on 3 April, 2019:
I fully support efforts to increase a child-centered approach with increased accountability to ensure quality education in a supportive atmosphere!
brianna cuthrell wrote on 21 March, 2019:
Kam wrote on 20 March, 2019:
I was homeschooled from 3rd-12th grade and had a very positive experience. At the same time, I had homeschooled friends who were in their teens and barely literate. Back then, my state had relatively stringent regulations which they have since relaxed. If the checks that were in place when I was being homeschooled allowed so many children to slip through the cracks, I can't imagine how much worse things are now. Home education can be a fantastic option when it is done responsibly, and when it is done responsibly there is no need to fear reasonable oversight or regulation. Too many children have been sacrificed on the in the name of convenience and "parent's rights". An alumni-ran group advocating for homeschooled children is precisely what the homeschooling community needs to pave the way forward.
Genevieve wrote on 3 March, 2019:
I received a great homeschool education throughout my childhood, but knew too many kids who did not. I believe that it's really important to regulate homeschooling because every child deserves the chance to receive a happy, healthy, full education. In many states, it's very easy for kids to slip through the cracks because of a lack of oversight. This needs to change, and I believe that CHRE's policy proposals offer a great path to improving the current system.
Leah Di Paola wrote on 1 March, 2019:
I'm so glad this exists. As an Evangelical Homeschooler of the 90s, my 5 siblings and I were the poster children for HSLDA and zero regulations. my mom made sure to test us every year to make sure we were at the level we should be at, but that was her own choice. There are far too little regulations on homeschooling, and the fact that anybody in this country can decide that they know better than trained professionals is mind-boggling and infuriating. More regulation is needed yesterday.
Sean Flynn wrote on 28 February, 2019:
CRHE does important work and I'm proud to endorse it.
Aquene Freechild wrote on 22 February, 2019:
I have a friend and family members who have suffered are suffering from abusive homeschooling. My friend was supposedly homeschooled by her mom, but could barely read as a teenager and was taken in by her godparents who got her into school and helped her catch up. I have a family member with 5 kids in a state with no educational requirements. She says she works 50 hours a week at night, so it's pretty certain she doesn't teach the kids. She wasn't teaching them regularly when she wasn't working and struggles with basic spelling. She has reportedly exposed them to repeated and potentially ongoing sexual abuse. CPS in their state basically says if they don't see any physical signs of abuse, they aren't going to do anything. Even though the sexual abuse was reported in another state. The mom of these kids moves a lot, and for her homeschooling...
Zachary wrote on 17 February, 2019:
There should absolutely be more regulations on homeschool. I was taken out of school and did not receive a proper education while being homeschooled. My mom did not allow me to go back to public school, so I never earned a high school diploma.
Natalie Newman wrote on 3 February, 2019:
I am a homeschooling parent who wants my child and all homeschooled children to be protected from authoritarian doctrine. There should be regulations, higher qualifications, and at least yearly (preferably more) checks to ensure students are being educated and not abused.
Mary Martinez wrote on 1 February, 2019:
In my experience homeschooling allowed abuse to stay under cover. Additionally, due to lack of oversight, the so called curriculum that I was taught with left me with a practically non existent high school education.
Sarah Walker wrote on 24 January, 2019:
Homeschooling definitely needs more regulations! Working for a school district, I see first hand the students that are withdrawn from public school to be homeschooled and know the conditions that they are living in and the education they are not receiving. Someone needs to advocate for these children and have their best interest in mind, which includes regulations for those being homeschooled and someone checking on these children regularly!
Sarah Neville wrote on 23 January, 2019:
I was homeschooled for high school. I had a good experience, but the lack of oversight is just silly (not to mention dangerous). Good homeschooling parents have nothing to fear from common-sense regulations.
Kristi Hendrickson wrote on 23 January, 2019:
Eurus wrote on 6 January, 2019:
State and community oversight with homeschooling would have made my homeschooling experience much easier. I especially worry about my siblings, who don't receive what little care and attention I did as a high school student. I also appreciate the efforts of the CRHE to present both terrible and supportive stories of homeschooling. It's not all bad or all good, but overwhelmingly we need more accountability to make sure the most vulnerable aren't disadvantaged and unprepared for adult life.
Lisa Burton wrote on 21 December, 2018:
I am former public school teacher that has witnessed the difficulties experienced by former homeschool children who tried to transition into the public schools as teens. Both children were functionally illiterate. I now homeschool, and in the homeschool groups I have been shocked at how few hours and days some of my fellow mothers choose to homeschool. Homeschool should be a way to enrich - not evade education, and I'd like to see stricter laws and regulations to protect our children.
Sue A. Schneider wrote on 27 November, 2018:
I am a former homeschool mom. My three oldest who were homeschooled the longest have some social anxiety and I think were hurt by staying home, even if my intentions were good. I regret homeschooling and I knew several families, like ours, who pulled back from society and judged those who didn't homeschool as "worldly" and not worth our time. I only wanted my children at the time to know homeschooled children.
Victoria wrote on 12 November, 2018:
While many people disagree on what exactly defines responsible homeschooling, there are certain absolutes (healthcare, completed learning objectives, care for disabilities, etc.) that are being overlooked. The experience that I, my siblings, and my peers endured, full of neglect and abuse, was absolutely unacceptable. But our stories and our lives are often swept under the rug to keep homeschooling's image clean.
Rachel Ramer wrote on 2 November, 2018:
I was a homeschooling mom and I also grew up in a similar environment. I am now a public school teacher. I've seen the positives and negatives of both sides. Your website is so important. Thank you! Rachel at www.narrowexit.com
Michelle wrote on 10 October, 2018:
I was homeschooled K-12, as was my brother. Although calling my pre-9th grade education 'schooling' is a loose term. I only received a solid high school education because we joined a co-op that enabled me to teach myself. On the outside things look fine, but I missed out on a lot of very basic stuff, early on.
Barry wrote on 27 August, 2018:
I absolutely support CRHE's efforts to make homeschooling a safe and healthy educational environment. I was physically abused by my parents. After my sixth grade teacher contacted CPS about a gruesome facial wound inflicted by my parents, I was pulled out of school and homeschooled. There was zero accountability, and I learned nothing in homeschool. In school, I did what I could to succeed, but in homeschool, I did what I could to survive. Most families are not like mine, and we should all be working together to prevent child abuse. A little accountability is a fair price for everyone to pay. By the time I completed high school, I had been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused to the point where I am still working through issues in my 30s. To those who challenge oversight, I ask: What are you hiding?
Katie wrote on 23 August, 2018:
I was homeschooled from K-12. Recently, my mother admitted that homeschooling was never for our benefit, but so she could have control over everything. It didnโ€™t matter if we had a good education or not, it only mattered that she had power. My education was very poor and it breaks my heart that there is no oversight and neglect goes unchecked in a lot of homeschool circles.
Lorraine Johnson wrote on 2 August, 2018:
Homeschooling without oversight is insane. It allows people like the Turpins in Riverside and the Allens in Fairfield to not only neglect their children's education, but hide them from authorities. I am not against homeschooling, as I think it can be a positive experience, but without oversight, a hole is created in the legislature beckoning to be filled with suffering.
Paul Dunahoo wrote on 31 July, 2018: