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
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.