IMMEDIATE RELEASE | MAY 8, 2003
Stand For Homeschooling
needed to make strong stand for homeschooling
many homeschoolers and their allies who are publicly taking a stand for
homeschooling. Why is this necessary? Because homeschooling freedoms are
being threatened by the increase in both corporately-owned cyber charter
schools and the creation of school district-sponsored programs directed
at homeschoolers. Both are designed to bring homeschoolers under the control
of public schools.
understand the difference between enrollment in taxpayer funded schools
and homeschooling, which requires neither enrollment nor taxpayer funding.
With the We Stand for Homeschooling (WSFH) Statement and Resolution, homeschoolers
and their allies can stand together to clearly identify these important
Statement and Resolution distinguishes between homeschoolers and those
who would make a profit from publicly funded, home-based education. Citing
a variety of media reports, the Statement clearly shows why it is important
to take this stand for homeschooling.
No one can
or should claim to define homeschooling, and the authors of WSFH were
careful not to do so. However, it is not difficult to identify what homeschooling
is not. Because cyber charter schools work hard to be so visible and so
public, they could easily become the standard of identity that the general
public and legislators expect when they think of homeschooling. "Blending"
homeschooling with public schools risks the same outcome.
Statement and Resolution was authored by an ad hoc committee. Joining
the committee are many original signers from diverse political, philosophical,
religious, and activist perspectives. All are standing together to preserve
homeschooling and the opportunity for the many families who want to choose
homeschooling, free from the government regulation and other requirements
that come with taxpayer funding. You are encouraged to visit http://www.westandforhomeschooling.org
to view the WSFH Statement and Resolution and to add your name to those
standing for homeschooling.
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The Indiana Home Educators' Network (www.IHEN.org)
is a non-membership networking organization made up of parent volunteers
who homeschool their children in Indiana. IHEN has established a networking
and discussion e-mail list called IndianaHomeschoolers
that supports the largest subscriber base of homeschoolers and others
interested in homeschooling in Indiana. In addition to the support provided
by their discussion lists, IHEN has also published an helpful online brochure
Education in Indiana." Helping Hoosiers Homeschool is the
motto of the Indiana Home Educators' Network.
your browser to IHEN.org's
Media Page for more information. Interview requests are
handled through e-mail only. Please use the contact address above.