Saturday, July 29, 2017

Let's stand up for the rights of Oregon homeschoolers!

As homeschoolers, we already know the numerous benefits of homeschooling.  One of the biggest is academic performance and preparedness alone.  We know that research proves time and time again that homeschoolers are just as equipped (if not more so) to enter into post-secondary school situations as children who attended public school.  The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) found in 2016 that "the home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests" (https://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html).  Yet despite these continuously concurrent findings, there are still hurdles that many homeschoolers have to face.  One of these came to my attention yesterday.

Adam (second from right in the picture below), a homeschooled graduate from the state of Oregon, learned firsthand of the hardships some homeschoolers confront when he tried to apply for an apprenticeship in his home state.  (You can read his story at https://www.change.org/p/brad-avakian-allow-homeschoolers-in-oregon-to-be-eligible-for-apprenticeships?recruiter=751174231&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition.)

In Oregon, homeschool graduates are not allowed to apply to any journeyman-level apprenticeship programs unless they go back and acquire a GED first.  The rule is archaic and needs to be changed.  In response to this primitive, absurd requirement, a petition has been raised to address the Oregon Labor Commissioner to allow graduated homeschoolers to be considered for all apprenticeships as are their public-schooled peers.  It will take just one minute of your time to make a huge difference in the lives of many homeschool graduates in the state of Oregon.  Please consider signing this very important petition.  I did.


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