Saturday, April 29, 2006

Unfair Policy toward Homeschoolers

A friend of mine had told me the story of a homeschooler being invited to a prom by his girlfriend but being refused permission by the school to attend merely because he is a homeschooler. HE&OS quotes the original story. The animosity of public schools toward homeschoolers seems overwhelming at times. It just seems so ridiculous and unfair to me.

3 Comments:

At 4/29/2006 2:10 PM, Blogger ColossusHube said...

Indeed. Too many public school employees think they're beyond reproach and that their excrement doesn't have an odor.

The policy is beyond silly.

 
At 5/02/2006 9:04 AM, Blogger A. Pendergast said...

would the same studnet been banned had they been from a private school? something tells me you got bad info and believed it.

 
At 5/02/2006 10:36 AM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

Can't say for sure, but that was not the impression I received from the original interview:

"But the handbook says dates who don’t attend the school have to be screened and home schoolers are not allowed to go to prom.
Leila says, 'According to Kentucky law actually, home schooling and private schooling is considered the same thing. So if someone from a private school is allowed to go to our prom, someone from a home school should be able to go as well.'"

My take on that is that Leila knows of someone from a private school being allowed to attend. She's rather matter of fact about it.

Regardless, from your comment I'm assuming that you think it would be normal for public schools not to allow private school students to come as a date to the prom, too? I disagree. I think if a kid from Dickinson High, for example, wanted to bring a special friend to the prom that it would be silly for Dickinson to require that the kid be a student only of another public school. Why couldn't a Dickinson student bring someone who went to St. Mark's if that's whom s/he chose?

The only restriction that would make sense and be consistent (other than that the guest not be a delinquent) is to allow only kids that attend the school itself to attend the prom. Restricting attendance only to other public schools, or to public and private school students, but not to homeschoolers flies in the face of reason as far as I'm concerned.

 

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