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Chicago Homeschooling Google

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(Go on kid. Tell them how fun Chicago Toy and Game convention was this weekend or your mother is toast.)

I thought I heard somewhere that K12 was not marketing itself as a ‘homeschooling’ solution but as a public school at home type thing. Which doesn’t quite explain why they’d pay to have themselves ranked as the first thing that pops up when you google “Chicago Homeschool”. Still, it doesn’t say homeschool in the description, so I guess they are sticking to the letter of the law.
I have nothing against virtual state funded school unless it is touted as homeschooling, because then it blurs the line between what a homeschooler does and what a person who is receiving a public education at home does. Seems to me that the local schools make out okay in this scenario. They pay a bit to William Bennett and get a bit extra left over from the federal government to put doors on the toilet stalls with or maybe pay their teachers more with. Seems Mr. Bennett makes out well too, because he is selling his wares. The public school at home families do okay since they get free materials, teacher support and computers. But what the homeschoolers get is a public image of homeschooling being state run which could lead to it actually being state run as the distinction is eroded. Not cool. Now if only I could convince K12 to change it’s google search word parameters to reflect reality. Any ideas?

One Response to “Chicago Homeschooling Google”

  1. on 14 Jan 2007 at 1:17 pm Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi

    I’m leaving a response as my son was actually enrolled in the Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS) for about one month and three weeks. They used the K-12 curriculum. I thought it was great and had not done enough research to understand that what was required by the school did not fall under the category of “authentic” homeschooling. CVCS required parents to teach their children five (5) hours a day at home and for the children to attend science class for one and half hours, one day a week, at a downtown learning center. Each child had a “homeroom” teacher who kept in touch with the family via phone calls, e-mails, on site meetings, etc. This teacher, in essence, supervised the public school at home teaching.

    Well, in theory, it was great, but in practicality, it was not. Five hours a day was too much for my first grader. Also, during his time at the center, I realized that his teacher had little or no experience with children who had any special needs. My son needed a new IEP for speech, and there were some other issues which I discussed with her. She told me that she did not know anything about this; it was obvious that she did not. However, she did refer me to other professionals in the school who assisted me with the IEP issues.

    I, therefore, started to research homeschooling and realized I did not have to have a “fancy” curriculum such as K12’s to homeschool. I found a free curriculum, “Old Fashioned Education” (OFE), modified it to suit my son, and added my own books and resources. My son is doing extremely well.

    Recently, I started an online group for single Christian parent homeschoolers which will eventually evolve into on site group meetings for parents and children. I also signed my son up for some extracurricular classes, and things are going extremely well.

    I am extremely happy to have joined the ranks of “authentic” homeschoolers.

    Ms. Phyllis

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