We are told America is “home of the free and the brave.”
The last time I checked, no where in the U.S. Constitution does it say that Americans are compelled to send our children to dysfunctional
public government schools, run by the NEA teachers’ union that recommends to its members a book dedicated to Satan.
And yet, since education is regulated by the states, if parents choose to teach their children themselves, they should know that 4o of America’s 50 states put restrictions on homeschooling, ranging from the mildest (parents must notify the state of their homeschooling) to the most onerous, including home visits by government officials.
The non-profit homeschool advocate organization HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has a map showing which states fall into which of the following four categories:
- States requiring no notice: No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact
- States with low regulation: State requires parental notification only.
- States with moderate regulation: State requires parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress.
- State with high regulation: State requires parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e.g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials).
Here are the 10 freest states for home schooling (in green):
- New Jersey
Here are the 6 least free states for home schooling (in red):
I guess we should be glad that homeschooling is still legal in all 50 states, although I doubt that will remain so for long.
See sage_brush’s excellent series on homeschooling, drawing on her experience and lessons she learnt successfully homeschooling her children:
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Pets,” April 11, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Top Ten Reasons to Home School,” April 18, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Taking Care of Mom,” April 25, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Handling the Allowance Question,” May 1, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Socialization?,” May 8, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Declutter!,” May 16, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Finding Forgiveness,” May 23, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – Being a Keeper at Home,” May 30, 2012.
- “Hints for Home Schoolers – The Prodigal,” June 6, 2012.
and “Government Tentacles Reaching Into Home Schools,” May 4, 2012.