Thursday, July 7, 2011

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Integrity in Homeschooling in Light of the CRCT Scandal

Fear and pressure are being blamed as the cause of the humongous CRCT cheating scandal in GA. Watching the results of the probe unfold has me asking and reviewing my own fears and pressures regarding homeschooling.  For instance, it is time for college applications for my first born.  The college applications and acceptances are essentially the litmus tests as to whether or not his homeschool years were in fact, successful.

I have seen the pressure of ending homeschooling strong bend the most die-hard relaxed homeschooler into behaving like a drill sargent to make sure that student crams in everything they are suddenly afraid that they may have missed.  Then there is the opportunity to grade the child on an invisible curve in order to make them presentable to colleges.

We as homeschoolers must be extra diligent to not let the pressures of competing with public education (who are clearly cheating) take away our integrity to the process we have previously set forth as well as the integrity of our own hearts.

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