By the time the 4th of July rolls around many of us are thinking more of beaches, baseball, picnics and fireworks than our freedom and independence. After putting up with last winter, we have every right. I often take for granted something we’ve always had; something many others may never experience. In America we have the freedom to homeschool. We have the option to replace public education with a home-based program reflective of the needs of our individual children.
In many countries (including Brazil and Germany among many others) homeschooling is illegal or heavily restricted. In other countries it is socially unacceptable. In the U.S. each state is left with the responsibility of education, and regulations for homeschooling vary from state to state. In Maine we are required to report that we are homeschooling and have someone with a Maine teacher’s certificate view each child’s portfolio annually. I think many homeschoolers will tell you that these ‘restrictions’ allow for many variances and much flexibility in programs – and the freedom to choose what is best.
This 4th of July I feel thankful for all the freedoms I have – and homeschooling is one that sits very close to my heart.