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"Perry County Solicits Homeschoolers for Public School Enrollment

In a letter dated February 2, 2005, several homeschooling families in
Perry County [Kentucky] were surprised to receive a desperate plea from
the Perry County Public School District Superintendent.

The letter asked homeschool families to enroll their children in the
public school because the "Perry County Schools provide a quality
education in a safe and structured setting." Not only that, but they
"educate the whole child; physically, mentally, and emotionally."

If the letter's opening statement does not convince you to enroll your
child in public school, maybe the next one will: "By deciding to home
school your child you have committed to spend 24 hours a day with your
child. This can become quite frustrating to both the parent and the

But these reasons are not the only reason to enroll your child in

The letter addresses the fact that homeschool students are "not a part
testing accountability" and that parents "do not have a measure of how
your child's learning measures up to his counterparts in the district
state." The letter addresses the "socialization problem" with
homeschooling, by stating that homeschoolers experience "exclusion from
extracurricular programs."

The School Superintendent also believes that some homeschooling
may be "unsure of the curriculum that a child should be learning" and
since "commercial curriculums are often hard to manage and quite
expensive" why not choose public school where you do not have to decide
on what curriculum to use and do not have to pay for it?

The letter closes with the statement that "Nothing is more important
giving your child every opportunity for success."

HSLDA believes the last statement sums up the very reason that so many
parents have chosen to spend 24 hours a day with their children, paid
extra costs and taken the additional time to buy and choose the right
curriculum. Parents choose homeschooling because they believe that
nothing is more important than giving their children every opportunity
for success."

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