I read an article the other day in the Salem newspaper about a new homeschool, uh, school, opening soon. The idea being that students in the region who are schooled at home can get a “more traditional public education experience” one day a week at a Salem church. Nevermind the irony of putting homeschool students into a school because of the benefits of school, they’re seeking teachers, too!
They have openings for art, english, media, math and high school-level science teachers. Basically, those students are in a program being taught by parents who are way over their heads.
The founder of this new non-homeschool school says that this is a way for parents to put their kids in a program away from the drugs, violence and sex of traditional schools. Because high schools in Washington County are filled to the brim with people getting laid in the halls. Drugs, maybe. Violence only if you’re gay, black, brown or a wimp.
This goes to show the laxness of Indiana’s homeschool laws. You can set your kid down in front of Sesame Street and that counts as homeschooling your kid. I’m not even kidding.
I “get” that parents think all public schools are hell holes where brains go to die, and they’re largely right, but very few parents are sincerely qualified enough to teach their kids anything useful beyond basic elementary skills. If, like most of Washington County, they live in the middle of nowhere, the kids will lose all social interaction, too. The results are some pretty warped kids.
I worked with a homeschool kid once who was completely incapable of conversation, interaction or anything beyond reading and writing. They had experienced nothing in their life like games, sports, talking with friends or how to communicate outside of paper. It’s a sad thing that damages more than it helps.
Perhaps she’ll convert her non-school for homeschool school into some sort of private or charter school that offers full-time instruction. Maybe there’s enough demand regionally for such a thing and would really be a boon to Washington County’s reputation if they can do it and do it well.