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    Why We Don’t Charter School {Part III}

    October 23, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    Because I can’t bear not being clear, I am going to clarify. Again. And then tomorrow, this series will move forward because I am feeling determined.

    It has now come to my attention that there are some charter schools out there that are still brick-and-mortar schools. They have just been freed from some of the normal state regulations. This usually means they can focus on something like job training, arts, sciences, etc.

    This is not the type of charter school being discussed here.

    Charter school at home is what I am discussing. The parent may or may not do the teaching, depending on the school. Some of these schools are online and the child is basically independent, though they are supervised by an online teacher and they have a personal coach, which may or may not be a parent.

    My understanding is that programs necessitating such an extreme level of child independence rarely accept children younger than ten or eleven.

    Other charter schools, as I mentioned before, have a combination of campus life and school at home. Or they are entirely school-at-home, with a bit of oversight and a nice check for the parents choosing to participate.

    Any charter school that could be called “homeschooling” is what is being discussed. Does this make sense?

    Ah…the life of one who haggles over definitions…

    Introduction
    Part I
    Part II
    You’re reading Part III
    Part IV
    Part V
    Ending Note

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    2 Comments

  • Reply Brandy October 24, 2007 at 3:08 am

    Howdy, girl! I didn’t know you had a blog until…right now. 🙂

    Curriculum: We are using a modified version of Ambleside Online for kindergarten. I will do Year One next year without much modification. Ambleside is a Charlotte Mason style of education, which means that most of the learning comes from real books written in a literary style (especially at younger ages) rather than textbooks. Therefore, I get most of my books by trading for them on PaperBackSwap (link is in the sidebar). This is, of course, only one way of doing things.

    Checks/balances: I wasn’t exactly sure what this means. Having a schedule and sticking to it seems to contribute to the success of other families with more experience than us, so we try to emulate that. We talk with other homeschools families to see what they are doing, and read a lot about education so that we can keep improving what we are doing. Am I answering the question? Let me know if that wasn’t the type of answer you were looking for…

  • Reply babyjackbabysack October 23, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Just curious- I have no idea about this stuff yet-
    What are your checks/balances and how do you get your curriculum?

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