Recently there has been trouble with multiple PSAH programs. Nevada Virtual Academy was recently forced to cease operating for grades K-5 because of repeated failures to meet state standards, which earned them a 1-star rating – the lowest possible. They were also forced to cap the number of students the academy was allowed to take on for the other grade levels. NVA is not the exception. Connections Academy has a similarly shoddy record. In fact, online charter schools in general score poorly across the board.
It has come to the attention of NHN that World Book has changed their recommended course of study to be aligned with Common Core standards. It is the opinion of the NHN board that common core is an inferior standard to the classic course of study. Thus, we have decided to archive the classic World Book course of study here for your reference.
Though it has been deflated too many times to count,the tired homeschool meme of the poorly socialized, depressed, awkward child continues. A HSLDA member was the most recent victim.
“when the social worker stopped by this afternoon I asked her what the accusations are, and she said: ‘Well, it looks like we’ve got a report here of unsocialized homeschoolers.’”
I know if a social worker were to show up at my door that I, as a member of HSLDA, can call a specialist who can guide me through dangerous waters. That is worth many times the dues we pay each year. NHN works closely with HSLDA throughout the year and are extremely grateful for their help. If you join NHN you even get a discount on your HSLDA membership.
UPDATE 11/20/15: A big thank you to Dr. Ray. He gave an entertaining and, most importantly, very informative presentation. Those that did not have the opportunity to come can watch the archived video of the presentation, which should be available shortly.
What is the Educational Savings Account (ESA) program, and Should you consider it for your child?
Hear Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute explore these questions as he talks about the concept of state-run “education at home” programs that foot the bill to “help” you educate your children. Is this legal option the same as homeschooling, and how does it compare to other educational options? Dr. Ray will challenge you to consider the importance of who has authority over what is taught to the minds and hearts of your children.
Special to Nevada parents, Dr. Ray will combine items from three of his seminar sessions, “Are You About to be Co-Opted?, When a Free Lunch Isn’t Free, and What Makes You Think You Can Teach Your Own?” Are we being superior, or inadequate, if we don’t teach our children the same values and curriculum as the state institutions?
Dr. Ray is convinced that these are some of the most urgent issues that homeschoolers will grapple with during the next several years.
Sponsored by Nevada Homeschool Network (NHN) and National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. founded the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) as a 501(c) 3 non-profit research organization and is president of the institute. He holds his Ph.D. in science education from Oregon State University, his M.S. in zoology from Ohio University, and his B.S. in biology from the University of Puget Sound. He is a leading international expert with regard to homeschool (home school, home education) research. Dr. Ray executes and publishes research, speaks to the public, testifies before legislators, and serves as an expert witness in courts.