I’ll leave you with one final issue to consider. At the conference, I learned that there are over 19,000 homeschooled students in Wisconsin alone. Assuming that any given family that homeschools has on average 3 children, that means that there are approximately 6300 homeschooling families in Wisconsin. Of those, only 700 families are members of Wisconsin Parents Association. If you homeschool in Wisconsin, please take the time to educate yourself on the history of homeschooling in Wisconsin. (Brief version here to get you started). You can join WPA for just $35 per year. While I understand that there are some families that are on a very tight budget, most of us can handle spending $35. Join WPA and protect your freedom to have the choice to educate your children in the way that is best for them and for your family, free from unnecessary regulations and useless, hindering oversight*. Seriously, read the history of homeschooling in Wisconsin. Reading about the misuse of power that some families had to suffer through might just make your blood boil.
*The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would love to regulate homeschoolers. Do you really want the DPI to saddle you with requests like the one below? This is just one small example and comes from an actual letter received by a family prior to the passage of the Wisconsin law that protects our homeschooling freedoms:
The DPI responded to one family’s submission of their curriculum, schedule,lesson plans, etc. with a two-page letter that included this: “The written curricularmaterials should include philosophy, goals and objectives, instructional activities tobe used in attempting to attain the identified goals and objectives of the respectivesubject areas, bibliography of print and non-print materials, and evaluation mea-sures to be used for each subject.” The letter went on to require a detailed dailyschedule for each subject and copies of written curriculums for subjects includingart, music, and physical education. The letter also asked the family to explain theparents’ work hours and relate these to the homeschool calendar and schedule.The family had to show that their homeschool program would be “substantiallyequivalent to that of public or private schools in the area of residence.” This letterwas just one in a series of DPI requests.