From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


6/29/2012 2:34:32 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
South Dakota--

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

South Dakota--"Interest Survey" Hides Program that Takes Away Freedom

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Some South Dakota families have received an online "Interest Survey
for K-8 Virtual Classes." Be warned that any information you give the
survey might become public.

Worse, we believe the survey hides its true ultimate purpose: to
persuade you to give away your freedom in exchange for free books and
access to government certified teachers. We call it "public school at
home." Your kids stay home, but the government controls the education
and your student becomes a public school student. It's that simple.

If this is just like the many other similar programs HSLDA has seen
across the country: (1) you will be required to use books and
materials that they have pre-approved; (2) their books and materials
will be very limited and may not suit your student; (3) like books and
materials used in every other public school in America, they will not
be allowed tell the truth about God; (4) like all other public school
teachers, online public school teachers won't be able to tell your
student the truth about God.

And major questions remain about whether public school at home
programs produce good academic results.

In a recent survey of California public school at home programs, only
48% of students scored at the "proficient" level in English-Language
Arts. Elementary math proficiency was about 22%. The Algebra 1
proficiency was only 12%. In fact, the scores were so bad that a
commentator asked, "Why does the emperor have no clothes?"

Read more:

An article in the New York Times described a public school at home
program where 60% of its students were behind in math and nearly 50%
were behind in reading. While profitable for its corporate owner, the
author believed there were "serious questions" about whether full-time
online public schools actually benefit children.

The Times wrote: "a portrait emerges of a company that tries to
squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment,
increasing teacher workload, and lowering standards."

Read more:

Education Week wrote that students in public full-time online programs
in Colorado "typically lagged behind their peers on virtually every
academic indicator." Worse, scores actually dropped when students
transferred from brick and mortar to online schools. The double-digit
gap was persistent, and worse among the children of affluent parents.

Read more:

Compare this with the well-known success of homeschool students. Dr.
Lawrence Rudner of the University of Maryland, in his landmark 1999
study published in the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and
Evaluation, noted that homeschooled 2nd graders scored one grade level
ahead of others; 5th graders scored two grades ahead; and 8th graders
scored an astonishing four grade levels ahead!

See Figure 2:

Parent-controlled homeschooling with the liberty to pick and change
books, and to incorporate the truth about God unashamedly into every
subject--and operated entirely without government "help"--is the gold
standard of education and personal discipleship.

If you know anyone considering "free" public school at home, you may
want to gently encourage them to count the real cost.


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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