RUNNING HEAD: FOUR YEARS PUBLIC IS A MUST
Dr. S. Johnson-Coleman
February 12, 2013
Approximately one million nine hundred thousand children are currently being homeschooled in the United States. ("Homeschoolingresearch" )Homeschooling is growing rapidly and the public school system is being challenged more than ever before. Often children that are homeschooled miss out on many opportunities and advantages offered to students learning in the public school setting. To stop this gap and unfair advantage homeschooled children should be required to attend a minimum of four years in a public school setting in order to earn a high school diploma. Whether the four years is carried out continuously or broken up into short stints would be the student and parent’s discretion. Furthermore, the public school setting provides a safe haven for abused children, it provides extra help and specialist for most learning disabilities, and it teaches students how to conduct themselves in a social environment.
According to Child Welfare, “Knowledgeable educators can pick up indicators of possible maltreatment by observing children's behavior at school, recognizing physical signs, and noticing family dynamics during routine interactions with parents” (Child Welfare). Being in public school setting has helped countless children suffering abuse. The importance of educators in the public school system is crucial. Virginia’s Ann. Code § 63.2-1509 states that
“A report is required when, in his or her professional or official capacity, a reporter has reason to suspect that a child is abused or neglected. For purposes of this section, ‘reason to suspect that a child is abused or neglected (Child Welfare). Laws that require persons working in a public school setting are not applied to person’s homeschooling children. In one case an eight year old girl was being continuously raped by her father, when she told her mother it was brushed off as unimportant and something that...