California Homeschooling Troubles

I got an email a few days ago from one of my friends up in Santa Clara, Henry Cate (the guy who started the Carnival of Space). Not being actively involved in homeschooling yet, I apparently missed what happened recently, but the jist of it from what Henry was telling me is that the California Court of Appeals recently ruled that in order to legally homeschool your kids, you need teaching credentials.

Now, I can’t vouch for the story, but if it’s true, it’s rather disturbing news. I find it annoying that the state feels that it has the right to tell a parent that he isn’t legally allowed to teach his own kid. Henry has some info about a resolution that California residents can support to overturn this ruling.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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3 Responses to California Homeschooling Troubles

  1. redneck says:

    I don’t know if this supports your positition or not.

    I dropped out of the 6th grade in Texas in 1969. When I went back to night school in Florida in 1975, I was not behind students that had dropped out of the 11th and 12th grades. My only reading in the meantime was recreational. There is no way 5 grades can be skipped and still be on a level playing field IF those students had been getting a legitimate education.

    In my case, no schooling actually matched public schooling. All four teachers in that semester told me to get a GED and quit wasting my time in their classes.

    OTOH, I still don’t quite deal with people as well as those that did school with their peers. And I used to be much worse.

  2. FC says:

    From what I’ve read, this is a non-issue due entirely to the LA Times’s inaccurate reporting. The law in California is the same as it was before this case.

  3. Jon Goff says:

    Thanks for the info. As I said, I had no way to verify the story, so thank you for checking things out.


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