Two Significant Homeschooling Sites

In the last few articles, we have discussed various aspects of homeschooling. For those interested, there are a couple of very significant websites that provide a lot of information and insight from homeschool alumni.

The first is the Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE)–homeschool alumni dedicated to ensuring a bright and open future for homeschooled students. The second is Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) run by former homeschoolers dedicated to renewing and transforming homeschooling from within.

Both sites are interested in making homeschooling even better, and both address current homeschooling issues.

The Coalition for Responsible Home Education

The mission of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education is to raise awareness of the need for homeschooling reform, provide public policy guidance, and advocate for responsible home education practices. They are concerned with the rights of parents to homeschool their children and also the rights of children to an adequate education.

The What We Do Page explains:

We are working to create a world where every homeschooled child receives a good education in a safe home environment. We are committed to providing resources, conducting research, and promoting policy to protect homeschooled children and youth from falling through the cracks if their parents or guardians are unable or unwilling to responsibly educate them.

CRHE conducts research, engages in advocacy, creates resources, provides services, raises awareness, and forges connections. They state:

The number of children being homeschooled will likely continue to grow as homeschooling is increasingly viewed as a valid educational option in an era of school choice. CRHE believes that homeschooling policies, too, need to grow and change. We advocate for policy changes and oversight that neither harm nor pose undue burden to the homeschooling community but rather serve to strengthen it by preventing the educational neglect and child maltreatment that can occur under the name of homeschooling.

Major concerns of the CRHE are that homeschooled children are protected from educational neglect and from actual child abuse.

In contrast to the vehement protests of some homeschoolers to any level of state involvement, CRHE advocates reasonable requirements and monitoring in order to assure the child’s quality education with states implementing homeschool policies that center on children’s interests, recognize homeschooling’s flexibility and potential for innovation, and reflecting what most responsible homeschooling parents already do.

The site contains a page of testimonials of homeschool parents and students on the importance of oversight.

CRHE also features a blog which I have found very informative and valuable.

Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out

Haro

The vision of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (Haro) is: Renewing and transforming homeschooling from within. And their mission is: To advocate for the wellbeing of homeschool students and improve homeschooling communities through awareness, peer support, and resource development.

HARO has a strong interest in addressing common deficiencies in some religiously conservative homeschooling. They provide articles and resources, and they also have a division called Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA).

HA is a narrative-sharing platform run by former homeschoolers. HA contributors are an inclusive community interested in sharing our educational experiences. While the conservative, Christian homeschooling subculture is the primary focus of our contributors, HARO sees HA as a clearinghouse for all stories about homeschooling from any people who have experienced it — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Homeschoolers Anonymous about page states:

HA’s mission is to improve homeschooling for future generations through awareness and education, peer-support networks, and resource development…To that end we publish personal stories and testimonies about homeschooling experiences, historical and sociological studies of the modern homeschooling movement, and analyses of the ideologies and leaders that have shaped homeschooling in the U.S.

Homeschoolers Anonymous features stories can be accessed from the ‘What’s New’ section on the homepage.

Other Good Homeschooling Sites

If you have a favorite homeschooling resource site, please let us know in the comment section.

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5 Responses to Two Significant Homeschooling Sites

  1. Lana says:

    AAAANd both organizations are nearly dead since the staff decided to boot out the life/visionary/founders of their organizations, saying things that aren’t true about their friends, writing long letters to accuse them of things they didn’t do, in order to . . . well, I’m still trying to figure this out. If you notice from the bios, many of those on staff claim to be policy analysts but have never been to university for policy, while the person who co-founded CRHE (an it was her idea from the beginning – an idea she had going nearly 20 years back) did have a degree in policy.

    Nothing has been posted on the HARO blog since they booted their founder, and nothing is happening with CRHE since they booted their co-founder and visionary of the project . .. well except being quoted in the news papers. Having sound bites in news papers is not policy.

    This is only the short version of the ethical concerns that I have about what has been going on.

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Lana, I was unaware of this! When did this happen and what were the issues? You speak of “saying things that aren’t true about their friends, writing long letters to accuse them of things they didn’t do.” Do you happen to have references for this?

      Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. newtonfinn says:

    If what Lana says is true, and she comes across as both caring and credible, she has touched upon a much larger issue than homeschooling. Since humanity came out of the trees or caves, we have been bedeviled by our inability to ascertain the proper role of leadership. We bounce back and forth between obsequious acquiescence to authoritarianism and a leveling process that delights in dragging down anyone who stands up and steps forward, even for the right reasons. Much of the gospel–indeed, much of the Bible–is about this conundrum, with Jesus demonstrating once and for all what genuine leadership looks like. He speaks and acts with authority and calls for followers, but his concept of leadership is service to God and humankind, helping us work toward a world in which “the least” of us are prioritized and the greatest is the humblest, most dedicated servant of all. It is only this spirit of Jesus, living in our hearts and minds, which can allow us to identify authentic leaders and then to follow their lead, not in lockstep or goose step but in creative, liberating, yet faithful and committed freedom. Unless and until we get this leadership thing right, in the way God intended us to get it through the gift of his Son, we will be either in conformity with evil or at each other’s throats. May the Kingdom come on earth…and in our hearts.

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Newton, I agree. It seems that power and conflict seeps in almost everywhere. I join you in saying, “May the Kingdom come on earth…and in our hearts.”

      If Lana is who I think she is, we go back together about 5 years and she is a very responsible and trustworthy person. So I don’t question what she said. She was also homeschooled and would be in the position to know about these things.

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