I Support CRHE
I support CRHE’s efforts to make homeschooling a safe, healthy educational environment!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am a home school parent, and I support CRHE's mission to protect children from abuse and neglect.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
Every child deserves the right the an education. Educational neglect is abuse.
Thank your for your efforts in making home-schooling safe and healthy for children!
I fully support efforts to increase a child-centered approach with increased accountability to ensure quality education in a supportive atmosphere!
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.
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.
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.
CRHE does important work and I'm proud to endorse it.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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 didn’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.
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.
I was homeschooled from 8th-12th grade, and I was left with a very lackluster education and a hard time making friends and socializing. We need better oversight to make sure students are being stimulated and not neglected, having all of their needs met.
This is so important!
I grew up being homeschooled by parents who did not have the time to homeschool me resulting in an education no higher then the 8th grade- now I am struggling to learn what i need to so i can take the GED test. I think the CRHE is a very important thing to support, there are more children then you would think that have had educational neglect.
I was homeschooled K-12 and absolutely regret the experience. The totally unregulated environment for homeschools in Kansas meant that I had a very poor and spotty education.
There needs to be more oversight! Educational neglect has lifelong consequences. If left unchecked, negligent homeschooling can derail a person's future.
I was homeschooled until college, and I am extremely concerned by the lack of government oversight and regulation in homeschooling. Homeschooling can be isolating, which leaves children vulnerable, and I believe homeschool children should be protected from abuse and educational neglect.
I fully support the CRHE because I have firsthand experience dealing with educational neglect. Homeschooling can be great but there needs to be oversight. Children are frequently under-educated and under-socialized. Let's consider the rights of the children vs. the rights of the parents.
I homeschool my son, and want homeschooling to be a healthy, nurturing alternative to conventional schooling options. I want support services available to homeschooling parents who might be struggling, and oversight to prevent neglect and abuse.
I was homeschooled K-12, and I fully support legislation to protect children in homeschooling environments. While I received a decent education as a homeschooler (my mother was previously an elementary public school teacher), I have spoken to many fellow homeschoolers who were undereducated in areas that effected their efforts to succeed in higher education. Homeschooling is also extremely isolating, and without oversight, lends itself to be the perfect environment for abusers to damage their children. Just like slaves should not be “property” of another human being, children should not be considered “property” of their parents to do with what they wish. Children should be ensured a proper education, a healthy childhood, and an abuse-free environment in which to life. They should not be robbed of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness merely because they are under 18. I fully support legislation (and advocacy efforts) that promote this cause. All...
I was homeschooled from 3rd-8th grade in California and absolutely regret the experience. My education was fine when it came to English and Math subjects, but woefully inadequate when it came to the arts and sciences. Add to that the backwards religious fundamentalism that made me think the government was out to persecute me, and as others have said, ineffectual abstinence-only sex education which resulted in getting a girl pregnant when I was 17. Homeschooling needs more regulation and oversight to protect kids!
As with all schools there should be better oversight and protection for children being home schooled. The case of the Turpin children and recently the Hart family is proof that there should be some kind of system developed to provide checkups and stringent monitoring of homes and parents teaching their children. Both of these cases who that when left unchecked children can be sexually and physically abused. All children deserve to be safe and protected
Dear CRHE, First, thank you so much for what you are doing. Helping undereducated, or worse, abused children is one of the most important social issues facing our young today. I am a 23 year, public school teacher with masters degree in educational technology. Next year I plan to retire and teach part time to home schooled children. In my experience, many families will abuse their children if there is no oversight organization watching. In the public school setting I have reported many cases of serious abuse that would never have been revealed in a home school environment. Frequently, the classroom teacher is the only advocate protecting the abused or neglected child from a life of slow torture. I hope I can help home schooled students and families in the future. Not as a police but as a supporter to help parents who may not be equipped to deal with...
I am an advocate of homeschooling because of the freedom it allows the parents to have over their childs education. I am not a supporter of parents who abuse that freedom and put their children at risk of various things. Thank you for this and all that you guys do. How are children going to be our future if we allow certain parents set them up to fail?
We need legislation to ensure ALL home schooled children get the education they deserve. Some parents can and will home school their children successfully, others will not. All home school advocates should welcome oversight to ensure no child falls through the cracks.
I’m 26 years old, and have JUST really broken out of my codependent, infantlizing, biblical headship - Quiverfull- homeschooling family. I’m only beginning to realize the extent of damage I’m facing. Abstinence based sex-ed resulted in my beautiful wonderful life changing daughter, but in hand with her came a shotgun marriage to a relapsing addict/alcoholic - I’m finally divorced after the longest 3 years of my life - and with that broken commandment came levels of ostrozation I never knew possible. So here I am, bred to breed, no college education, unqualified, applying for my first secured credit card to repair my unspeakable credit score I didn’t even know I was supposed to check... I’d make a great housewife if I’d only stop questioning things and submit (and find a man dumb enough to attempt supporting a Quiverfull In today’s dual-income required economy)
I am a survivor of homeschooling. I would love to see the day that this tool for abuse is actually regulated. I would love to connect with others who can understand my past ordeal.
I am a 63 year old new single mom that recently adopted 2 girls. I know first hand from their experience how important it is to have teachers and others involved to do mandatory reporting and not alow lax parents to home school or avoid school when there is crimminal behavior!
I was brainwashed by my wife to allow her to home-school our children. Now 17 years later and on the brink of divorce there are no transcripts or test records or anything I can use to try to transition my children to a different educational model. She says she knows where the kids are at and I should just trust her. She refuses to drive now and unless I take my kids to church or elsewhere they do not leave the house. This is difficult as I am the only breadwinner. She has been playing school for 17 years and now my children are going to pay for it. They do not have emotional intelligence to deal with the outside world. I am on a crusade to not let what happened to the older child happen to the younger ones.
As a child I was trafficked and exploited by my parents. Homeschooling was used as a tool to keep me isolated and prevent others from noticing the signs of abuse. It was like being held captive in my own home. I am so happy to hear that there is a movement to protect these at risk children and I offer my full support. Thank you for the work you are doing.
We have to protect our children. There is nothing wrong with homeschooling children, for a variety of reasons. Nor is it anyone's business to decide those reasons. But the children are still citizens of the freest nation on earth and they deserve those rights and protections. There needs to be a national, not state, mandated oversight of homeschooled children. The many horror stories from child abuse to being poorly prepared for the world around them needs to come to an end. I fully support our right to raise our children as we see best and have myself been homeschooled and homeschooled my children. I was shocked at the complete lack of oversight. I had nothing to hide and would have welcomed anyone who wished to visit, especially unannounced. I would have also welcomed educational guidance, and even went to the school system requesting it. Because I truly want my children...
As a homeschool student from 3rd-5th grades and a reserved child, I watched my social life dwindle after 2nd grade to the circle of folks in our homeschool co-op. Isolation in an environment of Puritanical horror of the human body sharpened the pain of puberty, but the worst part was digesting the sexist, racist, backwards attitudes in the conservative Christian textbooks my loving parents bought but probably didn't closely read. No, actually, worse by far was the abuse and manipulation of children and wives by husbands in the co-op who thought homeschooling was a ticket to kingship. Children went without medical treatment, fathers stole daughters' diaries and forbade them friends, women told girls it was ok when husbands silenced them because "they were the authority." It took the wives being complicit for this to work, which gave me a dim view of women for a while. Bravo CRHE. Here’s to...