"Perry County Solicits Homeschoolers for Public School EnrollmentIn a letter dated February 2, 2005, several homeschooling families inPerry County [Kentucky] were surprised to receive a desperate plea fromthe Perry County Public School District Superintendent.The letter asked homeschool families to enroll their children in thepublic school because the "Perry County Schools provide a qualityeducation 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 yourchild in public school, maybe the next one will: "By deciding to homeschool your child you have committed to spend 24 hours a day with yourchild. This can become quite frustrating to both the parent and thechild." But these reasons are not the only reason to enroll your child in publicschool! The letter addresses the fact that homeschool students are "not a part oftesting accountability" and that parents "do not have a measure of howyour child's learning measures up to his counterparts in the district andstate." The letter addresses the "socialization problem" withhomeschooling, by stating that homeschoolers experience "exclusion fromextracurricular programs." The School Superintendent also believes that some homeschooling familiesmay be "unsure of the curriculum that a child should be learning" andsince "commercial curriculums are often hard to manage and quiteexpensive" why not choose public school where you do not have to decideon what curriculum to use and do not have to pay for it? The letter closes with the statement that "Nothing is more important thangiving your child every opportunity for success." HSLDA believes the last statement sums up the very reason that so manyparents have chosen to spend 24 hours a day with their children, paid theextra costs and taken the additional time to buy and choose the rightcurriculum. Parents choose homeschooling because they believe thatnothing is more important than giving their children every opportunityfor success. www.HSLDA.org"
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