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  • It would be good because if you know more then only you could be able to teach somebody
  • Of some sort, yes. Homeschooling should ideally (but rarely is, sigh) be a supplement, not a replacement. >.<
  • it could be a great advantage, though i wouldn't say completely necessary as long as you know what you're talking about
  • The requirements for a teaching certificate in the state of California do not prepare a parent for homeschooling. They are strictly for teaching in the classroom, which is not the same as teaching at home. A homeschooling competency certificate would be a great idea.
  • Yes. If you do not have these qualifications and you home school your child you are cheating them out of the education they should be getting. Not to mention the fact that every home schooled child I have met is socially inept.
  • Yes! While I think it may be unreasonable to ask parents to get an actual degree, I do believe they should have to take courses and earn their right to home school their child officially.
  • I believe they should, but it won't happen.
  • No. It's not enough that the government already takes money in taxes. We already don't own our homes (even though a bank might finally say we do once we pay it off, we don't own our cars and have to pay property tax on anything we own, etc.etc. Our children are our's and we should have the right to do what we want inside our own home. It's no one else's business what someone chooses to do. The government should not own a person's personal choice on how to school their children.
  • I Home schooled my children through the 9th grade. Both currently attend engineering schools, recieve high grades and are very socially active (the big concern for so many). I think 'up-front' qualifications for Home schooling are irrelevant. On the other hand, annual tested for grade equivalency should be mandatory. My mother never graduated H.S. yet she would have been a better teacher for me than most of the ones I had.
  • Not necessarily. Some states require that you have a high school diploma or GED minimum, some that you go through a class at a local community college or the like, some have none at all. There are a few states, five to my knowledge, that now have charter schools that are working with homeschoolers which is fantastic since it takes this question out of the mix, IMO. I think that the requirement for the classes OR a college degree for some profession is a requirement that should be made if the charter school option is not available.
  • Yes. There should be some sort of qualification that parents need to achieve to teach their children.
  • many states have requirements for being able to homeschool ones own children. i believe monitoring is necessary to insure a child is actually being educated but teaching qualifications? no.
  • I think you should. I don't like the idea of home schooling, anyway. It seems like the children would be missing out on so much.
  • Not really, after all it's not really the parents that do the teaching when a child is home schooled. It's all videos and presentations that the child watches. Of course they should look over their work to make sure that they're actually learning, but that's about it.
  • Absolutely. There should be a specially designed course for parents to take, at the end of which they should have to pass a test of some sort. The home school curriculum should also be regulated, I've seen what some evangelical Christians teach their kids, and that's fine -- but they should also have to stick to the national curriculum, including evolution.
  • Truthfully? We require too many "qualifications" for public school teachers. I was teaching seventh and eighth grade. I really couldn't find any use for anything I'd learned above seventh and eighth grade. That was when I learned what I was teaching. It had never been covered again. Most of what I'd been taught in my teacher training had been pretty useless. My grad school work was almost a complete repeat of what they'd covered in my undergrad work, just more expensive. When my grandmother was in "normal" school, as they called Education majors back then, it was a two year program. I think it should probably still be a two year program. We waste too much of peoples time and productivity and get them deeply in debt while we are at it. That is why the economy is in such trouble. My mother was taught by my grandmother's generation, and when she graduated high school, she had more credits than the college kids she was graduating forty years later. She had been educated with greater depth and breadth as well. That was what those grads of two year programs were able to give her. Most of teacher training and teacher qualifications is expensive window dressing. And given the good curriculums you can get from places like Abeka, and the Calvert School, you don't need teaching qualifications to home school. When I was in college (as a non-traditional student) there was a young man of 15, homeschooled, who was about to graduate with a double major in music and music composition. When I was in grad school, there was a young man of 15, homeschooled, about to graduate with a double math major. When my daughter was having chemo, there was a young woman, 17 and homeschooled having chemo with her who was a sophomore, pre-Med. Besides, unless Brave New World has suddenly come into being, and the state can raise kids better than we can, their our kids, not the state's.
  • Teaching qualifications no, but I do think they need to have a high school diploma themselves. I personally don't like the idea of home schooling but it's not my choice for others to make. I think parents that actually have a schedule that they make their kids follow and actually make sure they are learning then that is great. There are some parents that just sign their kids up for home school and never even buy any materials and teach them anything. I think home schooling needs to be monitored and the kids need to have to still take state test at another location other than at home, because alot of the parents are either doing these test for them and mostly getting the answers off of the internet.
  • I don't think so. But I do think that a person should have to take a test that would deem them fit to homeschool a child or not.
  • No - Do parents need qualifications to have children?
  • Yes, otherwise they might not learn everything they should.
  • considering, home school students on average rate 20 points higher on the WSL test than puplic school students,I would be more apt. to question that, than if a parent should have a degree to teach thier own child . I also think that the people who knock home schooling the most are those people who don't understand it.
  • Overall, no, I don't think people should have to have special qualifications to home school. I was in home school until the middle of third grade. My mom never went to college, but I don't think her lack of training had a big impact on me. With the individual attention and accountability, I entered public school at as high or higher level than the other students in my class. I think just about anyone can teach a young child because they have so much to learn. I think maybe there should be a certain curriculum that home school teachers have to use, though. And I suppose if you're teaching an older child you should be at least a few steps ahead of them. It would have been a horrible idea for my mom to try to teach me through high school.

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