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Parents Are ALWAYS Responsible for Education

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I may have set a Guinness Book of World Records record for Internet searches on homeschooling over the last couple of months. A good portion of the information I found pertains to starting homeschooling.

One particular point is noted over and over and over again. I’ve lost count of how many times an article begins with something along the lines of: “Homeschooling is a serious decision. It means you will be taking responsibility for your child’s education.”

Yes, choosing to homeschool is a serious decision. However, what these writers and, perhaps, some parents miss about the idea of children’s education is likely a result of attending government school for approximately 13 years with the assumption – emphasis on assumption – that such attendance is the responsibility of…whom? The teacher? The principal? Superintendent? School board? Local government representatives? The governor?

The decision to homeschool never has been nor ever will be the beginning of taking responsibility for your child’s education. The reality is that

The decision to homeschool never has been nor ever will be the beginning of taking responsibility for your child’s education.

The decision to homeschool never has been nor ever will be the beginning of taking responsibility for your child’s education.

parents are always responsible for their children’s education.

Parents may decide to have accountants prepare their income tax returns, but that doesn’t relieve them of the responsibility of filing and paying on time. Parents may decide to have mechanics repair their cars, but that doesn’t relive them of the responsibility in case of an accident. Parents may similarly decide to turn over the conduct of children’s education to others, but that doesn’t relieve them of the responsibility of the outcome any more than it does in the previous examples.

To make an informed decision as to what, where, how, when and with whom a child learns, this notion of parental responsibility for education has to be taken into account. Sure, the state may have given your local school a “B” on some kind of scale that is meaningful to them, but as the responsible party you need to know the what, where, how, when and with whom of that public school setting, all of it, from the bus ride to the playground to the classroom to the food in the cafeteria to every teacher to the principal and office staff.

It is with this mindset that parents consider all of the options. If they determine that no one else is going to care more about their children’s education and environment than they are, they rearrange their priorities and make the serious decision not to turn over the conduct of their children’s education to others. And this opens up a wonderful world of educational freedom and opportunity for the entire family.

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7 Responses to “Parents Are ALWAYS Responsible for Education”

  1. Preach it, sister!

    What is wrong with our youth? Parents have ceased to parent. They are no longer responsible for their own children…the daycare worker, teacher, principal, ball coach, troop leader, guidance counselor, everyone else in the child's life, is expected to do their job while parents pursue whatever makes them happy–all the while abdicating their responsibility to total strangers.

    Ooooh, you hit a nerve. I think I need to link this post to my blog. Okay?

    Keep up the good work,


  2. Carol, of course you may link to it; thanks for asking. I think the more parents recognize this point, the more might find the joy of homeschooling. Plus, if nothing else, perhaps fewer will find the idea of homeschooling less "weird." 😉 Best, Linda

  3. Whoops…said that wrong, didn't I? I meant, "Perhaps fewer will find the idea of homeschooling "weird." That's what I get for writing before the second cup of coffee is GONE. 🙂

  4. Beverley says:

    I did a quick check and felt relieved that my homeschooling web site doesn't start with a warning about the seriousness and responsibility involved in education children, although I know I do write that often (just to reassure the bureaucrats and those home edders that need to feel it is). 🙂

    My site starts from the premise that because we're all parents we're all qualified to do what we've always been doing, parenting. The education bit is like the icing on a the cake, a delicious addition. My goal is to reassure parenting that teaching our own children is easy and natural – it isn't at all like teaching 30 children in a resource deprived environment, so don't worry, you'll be fine…

  5. Sherry says:

    Just wondering if anyone can give me some guidance on our next adventure? My Son is starting High School this Fall. He has been Educated at home thus far. He wants to join the Air Force after School so I have him in Civil Air Patrol now. His Captain encouraged him going into Public for the last 4 years, the Military requires Team building which supposedly happens in a Public School Setting, besides the AP courses and so on. I have him on FLVS now and just wanted to talk to someone who knows the ropes before I hang myself in them! Thanks

  6. Beverley, you crack me up! Yes, homeschooling as a natural extension of being a parent is a wonderfully honest way to look at it. I really believe people contemplating homeschooling DO think of it just like whatever their memory of school is, and don't want any part of it. It can be so much more…you've just got to jump in the pool and TRUST that!

  7. For Sherry: Check out Valerie Moon’s Military Homeschooler site at It’s a great resource, and you can email Valerie with specific questions about homeschooling and the Air Force. Having been a CAP volunteer for years, I think that will give your son all the “team building” he needs, especially if he’s fairly involved and takes on leadership roles in the program.

    You might also want to consider dual enrollment at a local community college or university, so your son can start earning some college credit while in high school, which would also demonstrate his maturity and ability to take higher level courses. He could actually earn his AA while in high school, and be in a good position for ROTC when he graduates high school. There's some good guidance here at

    What you really want is a well rounded transcript, and FLVS, dual enrollment, CAP and any other related activities, well documented, will give you that.

    Hope some of this helps.


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