Homeschool advocacy takes many forms. There are homeschool parent attorneys, veteran homeschool parents, homeschool alumni, doctors of diverse titles, and even people in the non-homeschooling community that feel strongly about sustaining the right to homeschool in freedom. They dedicate tireless hours to educating, supporting and informing prospective, new and fellow homeschoolers as well as the general population about homeschooling. Advocates have consulted with new homeschoolers – or new to the state homeschoolers. They’ve sat in meetings with state officials. Advocates have worked to educate school districts on the facts of the law versus the Guidelines for CT homeschoolers. They’ve been interviewed for magazine and newspaper articles, television segments and utilized internet media resources all to continue the work toward showing the public the facts about homeschooling. Advocates have kept the homeschool community abreast of any threats to homeschool freedom; attending legislative public hearings as needed to inform them of how well we’re doing; we don’t need fixing.
CHN has developed an Advisory Board that is comprised of legal counsel, homeschool parent advocates; and will be expanding to network with other groups and individuals who also support and advocate for homeschooling in CT.
The first sentence of the Ct General Statute 10-184 cites Duties of Parents says, “All parents and those who have the care of children shall bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments.” That sentence is the compulsory education portion of the statute.
That, CT homeschoolers do, have done, and will continue to do. Those that oppose home education need to rethink their position. Not that we have anything we need to prove to anyone, the fact still remains that all CT citizens have a homeschool community that they can be proud of. Home education is a viable alternative to public and private schools and should be encouraged and respected as such.
In states other than CT, homeschool advocacy groups have worked together toward reducing regulations in several states in recent years. We would support our fellow out-of-state homeschool organizations in continuing to work to reduce legal constraints on home education. Homeschooling in America is within the mainstream now, and the proof is in the pudding. It works, and it works well. Additional regulations have not proven to improve the quality of home education success on a long term basis. States without legal contraints to their homeschool freedom have been the “blind study” if you will; they have children who grow up to lead productive lives, many of whom go on to college to achieve degrees including doctoral level studies. Regulation does not equate success.