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NuclearDruid

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Air Force Times take on homeschooling
« on: October 22, 2010, 10:49:14 am »

ABCs of home schooling

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By Jon R. Anderson - Staff writer

Jennifer Nuntavong is out in the rain with her two young boys, jumping in puddles at Fort Belvoir, Va. The family of a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, they’re on their way home to make lunch and then head to the bowling alley for the afternoon.

On the opposite coast, Army Lt. Col. James Rexford is home early from his job as a logistics officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. It’s a beautiful day, so he and his wife, Ame, take their four kids to a nearby beach, where they collect shells and then gather on a blanket as Ame reads “Island of the Blue Dolphins” aloud.

For both families, it’s just another day in the fastest-growing classroom in the U.S. — the one at home.

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Re: Air Force Times take on homeschooling
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2010, 12:07:42 pm »

I met 2 different women yesterday at an Air Force base somewhere in the SouthEast. They both had their children with them. As we were interacting I asked them both why the children were out of school, they both indicated that they home school due to the inappropriate behaviour of the other students.
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Re: Air Force Times take on homeschooling
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2010, 12:33:29 pm »

Interesting. I wonder if those Military dependants will have difficulty in the joining the ranks of Active Duty as is currently profiled by this story of how joining the Army is difficult for those non-traditional students.

Military rejects credits, diplomas from online schools
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"I understand where the Army is coming from and that they want to make sure an online school is credible," Jenkins said. "But our argument is homeschooling is a viable educational option that should be recognized."
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Shannon Wagner, an education services specialist at the recruiting battalion in Columbus, said it is difficult to tell a recruit he or she isn't qualified, but the policy is spelled out in the Army's handbook. It's regulation 601-210.

Recruits must have high school diplomas from a regular brick-and-mortar school where they have a daily routine. It doesn't matter whether a student completed 1 or 10 credits at a nontraditional school -- Wagner has to "follow the regulation."

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As June 28 approached, Baughman prepared to ship out for basic training. Then he received a call from his Army recruiter.

"They called and let me know that my diploma wouldn't work on June 20," Baughman said. "When you think about something all your life, and then you learn within a matter of seconds it's not going to happen, you don't really think of anything else."

Baughman is now saving up money through his job, but he's second-guessing whether he wants to go to college to get into the Army. He's still reeling from the revelation he wouldn't be accepted because of his digital diploma.

Also the Air Force website states that one must have a High School Diploma or an exceptionally high score on the AF testing schedule. When our now 20 yo tried last year to join any branch of the Service she was told a GED was not enough and even if she had her HSed Diploma she still needed 15 credit hours of "traditional" schooling (She chose to enroll in Community College to fufill the requirement before changing her mind.)



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Re: Air Force Times take on homeschooling
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 07:40:30 pm »

"One home-schooling veteran remembers when the brass in
Europe tried to forbid home schooling there about 10 years
ago. 'That's all gone now,' says Valerie Moon, who runs the
website MilitaryHomeschoolers.com.  'The military has
become very supportive.'  Home schooling in the military already
had eclipsed that of the general population back when the
homeschooling movement was just getting off the ground."

www.MilitaryHomeschoolers.com ??  Unknown host replies my machine...
Must be security.
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