Saturday, July 19, 2008

What's in a Name?

There has been an announcement from the Homeschool Association of California's legal team that in conjunction with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, the California Homeschool Network, and the Christian Home Educators Association of California, the term "independent study program" or "ISP" is no longer to be used when describing homeschooling under the umbrella of a private school serving multiple families. Instead, the groups are recommending the use of the term "private school satellite program" or "PSP".

Apparently, the California Department of Education has taken the position that only home study programs of government-run schools that comply with specific regulations in the CA Ed. Code are valid "independent study programs".

That this is even an issue at all just demonstrates the stupidity of government bureaucracy. The term "independent study program" has been around for many, many years. The Calvert School began offering one way back in 1905. There are private school ISP's and government-run ISP's. It seems ridiculous to limit the term to only the latter group just because of some narrow-minded educrats...

1 comment:

JJ Ross said...

Good luck with that position! At least better luck than I had, saying the same thing about the word "homeschooling" -- :)