SecularHomeschool.com has a great poll this week (they have a new one every week). This week’s question: If homeschooling became illegal in your state, what would you do?
They offer quite a few options for how to handle it: Enroll your kids in public school, ignore the law and homeschool “off grid,” fight the system, move. Of course, Patchfire and I had to discuss this right away and in some semblance of depth. What would we do?
It would be a tricky predicament for me — with Officer Daddyman being a police officer, I usually make a point of not doing anything downright illegal. However, I’m also not at all willing to enroll my kids in the public school system around here. Not now; possibly not ever. Captain Science is too far ahead in some areas (language arts, math) and at weird points in others (like history — we haven’t done GA history, we haven’t gotten past Elizabethan era yet). I also don’t have the money to put the kids in private school, or at least not a quality private school (even then, I’m not sure I’d want to).
My first thought would be to find some online school to “enroll” the kids in. Anything that will pass the basic requirements of “school” but let me continue to homeschool as we see fit. Patchfire said that getting accreditation through GAC isn’t even all that hard, so we’d likely pursue that. Honestly, such a law wouldn’t last long in Georgia, so in reality, we’d panic for all of two weeks and then it would be a non-issue when (as Patchfire say) the first suit gets brought against the state.
Would I be willing to buck the law to homeschool my kids, though? At this point, yes. We’re off the grid in other areas and I’m willing to defy convention and even the law for the benefit of my children.
How about you?