I was curious to see if you are familiar with any accredited online high schools or universities? If so, what are your thoughts? Are they a viable education alternative? ~ Andrew
This article explains accreditation: Homeschool Accreditation. There are major problems I see with online high schools.
Teens should have only 2 hours of technology per day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any online school goes FAR over the acceptable limit on time spent online. Learn more about technology use and guidelines in my book: TechnoLogic: How to Set Logical Technology Boundaries and Stop the Zombie Apocalypse.
When families sign up for those schools, they own you. Because they are accredited, they must do certain things to maintain their accreditation, and all those things make it very difficult to homeschool naturally, and at the same time they dramatically increase the record keeping requirements of parents. Learn the easier way to create a homeschool transcript: FREE Webinar on Grades, Credits and Transcripts
Online schools are business that make money when parents feel incapable. Their ads and offers imply that homeschooling independently is "less than" their schooling options. This article explains more. Parent Partnership Problems - Love with Some Strings Attached
Some online schools are not accredited, or are viewed as diploma mills. It can be very difficult to know which is which because those schools continuously change their names. Read the Federal Trade Commission Report: These online high schools didn’t make the grade
There are legitimate reasons why some parents choose other educational options. I believe that parents know the needs of their children best. At the same time, I get frustrated with online high schools trying to convince great homeschool parents that they are 'less than" in some way. You aren't!
You can provide a perfect-fit, academically rigorous, college-prep or career-track high school at home, and it can always meet the needs of your child with maximum flexibility on a day-to-day basis.
I wrote this book to help parents learn how to homeschool independently, without accreditation or online schools. If you are thinking about homeschooling independently, and you want to know what it's all about or how to begin, check out this small, inexpensive book on Amazon. You can read it during your coffee break, and you'll know what homeschooling independently really means!
Scheduling....one thing many of us struggle with as homeschoolers! We find ourselves so busy many times, that we forget that scheduling can help! (A crazy busy life can be avoided!