By Constance A. Wright
After reading John Long’s column “Kids don’t belong to state” and its RoundTable comments (Sept. 27), I looked up the state law regarding home schooling.
Apparently, if parents believe that the public school system is an inadequate resource for their child’s education they may home school. If parents believe that their intellect and abilities or Kahn Academy, MIT and Stanford online are better suited to their child’s educational needs, they may home school, but not without state interference. The state has a number of regulations that parents must follow, such as submission to the state of a description of the curriculum for the coming year and proof that the child is receiving an adequate education.
On the other hand, if parents believe in a god and have a religious objection to public or private schools based on this belief, they may home school their child without state interference.
Wright lives in Roanoke and runs a small farming operation with her husband.