Home Schooling: What is Home Schooling?

Home Schooling: What is Home Schooling?

September 10, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


While it might seem that home
schooling’s definition is obvious in its name, home
schooling, and that you school your child at home, I still
think it’s really important for us to define what home
schooling is, especially in light of the fact that the
parents who are watching this are thinking about home
schooling their child who has a disability or a
special need. Right. So again, you would think
it’s pretty obvious. It means home schooling. But it’s not as obvious
as all of that. And one of the reasons that it’s
difficult to do a very comprehensive analysis of home
schooling in a short period of time is because the law
on it is all over the place in a few ways. One, there really isn’t any
federal home schooling law per se of children with
disabilities. We don’t have anything
like that or even– Or funds that are
allocated to it. Or funds that are allocated
for home schooling. We have some Supreme Court
decisions that give parents the constitutional right to
home school, but it really isn’t something that we can hook
our teeth into a federal statute and understand
what it means. So for that reason, it’s
very state-by-state. The analysis depends on what
your state law says. So it’s hard to say home
schooling is this because your state may define it. OK? The other thing is that it’s
very fact specific. And by that, I mean, you may
have chosen to home school your child, meaning you have
elected not to send your child to the public schools, or avail
yourself of the public funds, or enroll your child
in the public schools. But you may not actually
be educating your child in your home. You may be educating your child
with a group of other parents who are home schooling
their children. You may be having tutors. There’s lots of ways you may
be choosing to educate your child other than in the home. So it’s just not that easy to
make a global analysis because the cases, as I said, are
all over the place. Yeah, absolutely.