“You don’t need to be qualified.”

Email of the Day:
A dad on my local homeschool group said this:
“My wife home schooled for twenty three years in four different states our seven children never did we get permission from the state to do so or even bother with testing. yet all were able to get in to collages, went on to get degrees and did very well in establishing themselves as productive citizens. You do not need to be qualified to educate your children. You are the parent.” That’s not right, it is?

n WA, you do not need permission from the state; you are declaring your intent to homeschool, not asking for permission to do so.

WA law does require you to qualify, declare, cover the 11 subjects, test or assess annually, and keep certain records in order to homeschool legally in our state.

Being in compliance with the law is separate from being a successful homeschooling and/or raising your children.

On the matter of civil disobedience, I side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : “In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law. . . . One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”

~Jen GS