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August 19, 2008


Julie Ward

On a more individual level there is also a diffidence in sticking to one's guns should you choose to use a school, as we have this year, in order to get "credentials" for entry into higher learning. I am still trying to figure out how to tell a teacher that we will find our own film study and will not be using the one he has supplied. I know already he will feel threatened and sleighted. Thanks for the advice to "face my fear, utilize the resources available, and trust that everything will turn out all right." As you say it probably will turn out right.

In contrast another teacher has been fully accepting of my contention that we home educate for success and that if the workload is too great to generate success then we will be dropping papers.


Last year I moved to a state with much stricter requirements than my previous state. I was warned repeatedly by other homeschool moms that the school district was terrible and would request all sorts of excess information. However in my first year I have found that they were a pleasure to deal with. They did not request anything in excess but accepted my notification documents without question, including a nonstandard exemption from submitting any medical information. My "minimal compliance" portfolio was accepted easily and enthusiastically. It makes me wonder if sometimes the homeschoolers are the ones creating the adversarial relationship.

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