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From: April (
Subject:         Re: online home education vs homeschooling
Date: January 4, 2012 at 10:48 am PST

In Reply to: online home education vs homeschooling posted by Tamra Hamlett on September 8, 2010 at 11:41 am:

Having two children in an online school and being homeschooled myself as a child. I see the benefits in both and I am thankful that I have a choice when it comes to schooling my children. One of the many misconceptions of online schooling is that it is homeschooling, and I believe this leads too many parents and students being frustrated. Many of the online school are public schools through your state and therefore have to meet or exceed state standards in order to get funding. These schools will have deadline as to when assignments are due, and will require attendance, testing and will most likely have a set school year.

Some of the benefits of an online school is that you have the backing of certified teachers and accountability, this is what appealed to me personally. I was homeschooled and my mother did a fabulous job, at the time in the 1970ís she had to come up with all of her own curriculum and did not have the tools such as the internet, home school support groups, lessons plans or anything. I never felt that I was short changed in anyway and I strongly feel that being home and learning was such a huge benefit in my life that I knew I wanted my kids to have the same experience. However, my husband was very concerned that the kids get a good education. His family had not had the success with homeschooling some of his siblings as my family had and he was concerned that if we did not have the accountability the kidís education could suffer.

So we compromised and decided on an online school, it provided the structure that is important to life and it provided the opportunity for my children to learn at home in a environment that is safe and personalized to them. I think that both styles of learning are great, and it depends on the family and what choice will work best for them.

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