C. E. Clark homeschooled her child from kindergarten through high school. Public and private education is high in importance to Ms. Clark.
Learn What Your State's Requirements Are Regarding Who Can Teach Your Home Schooled Children
Recently the questioned was raised, “Who can teach my home schooled children? Must I teach them myself if I home school, or can I get someone else to teach them?
This hub is inspired by that question.
First of all, home school regulations vary from one state to another. You will have to check with your state’s education department to know exactly what is required of home schoolers in your state. To avoid unpleasantries down the road, it is a good idea to know exactly what you must do to comply with your state’s home school regulations. To get an overview of requirements in some states, click here.
You may also be able to get a good idea of what your state’s home school requirements are by researching the subject on Google or one of the other search engines. If there is a home school association in your area, they may be able to give you information on this subject. You should be able to locate your nearest home school association on the Internet also.
Even if the home school association says you cannot employ a noncertified instructor for your children, look into the actual state regulations that govern your state on this issue. Sometimes groups and/or individuals may be acting on hearsay rather than facts. Hearsay is a belief that is passed by word of mouth, or gossip in some cases, and not based in fact.
Who Can Teach Your Home Schooled Child?
My Own Experience With Home Schooling
If you have read one of my several hubs on home schooling, you know that I home schooled my daughter from pre-kindergarten through high school. I wrote the curriculum myself, but that may not be allowed in some states, since I am not a certified teacher.
My daughter passed the GED exam with flying colors without taking any of those prep courses for that test. She just went in cold turkey and took the test getting in the 90 percentile in all areas except math, where she got in the 80 percentile. She did not have to take any part of the test over again like so many people often have to do.
During the course of educating my daughter myself with the help of her father as time allowed him to participate, my daughter had tutors for algebra, geometry, and Spanish. We were fortunate in that a foreign language professor from one of our state universities was our next-door neighbor and he offered to tutor our daughter at no charge.
None of the people who tutored my daughter in math were certified teachers. One was a college student, and a couple of them were stay-at-home moms who happened to have excellent math skills.
You might say, “but your daughter did not do that well in math with those instructors because she only got 80% in the math section of the GED.” Many, many people who take the GED have to repeat some of the sections over again, sometimes more than once. Passing with 80% is great. There is plenty of time to improve math skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus later, if one is so inclined, and will have need of that skill. 80% is essentially a B. Do you have any idea how many people in this world would like to pass any math exam or class with a B?
In addition to tutors, my daughter had piano lessons starting at age 6. Studies have shown that children who start music training at an early age (4-6 years) do much better in math. While I could have taught her piano myself, since I read music, play the piano and the saxophone, I decided the experience of participating in recitals and competing for blue ribbons against other music students would be beneficial for my daughter. I did augment her practice at home, but her formal instructor was in charge of her lessons.
Who Can ‘Teach’ Your Home Schooled Child? When Must Your Child Receive Instruction? Must It Be Between 8 AM and 4 PM?
In Texas, anyone you choose can “teach” your child in specific subjects, or on a daily basis in all subjects. Your mother, your sister, your best friend, a neighbor -- anyone of your choosing. You do not have to do any, or all, of the teaching yourself. You would naturally want to choose someone well qualified with endless patience if you choose to let someone else teach your children. You want them to have a quality education after all.
Keep in mind that home school can be scheduled around whatever events are happening in your family. If you are working part-time or even full time, you can schedule home school classes for the times you are not working, whether that is afternoons, mornings, evenings, or on weekends. That is one of the advantages of home school. You can get a babysitter for times you must work and leave instructions about any homework you feel is necessary.
Meeting Your State’s Requirements
You will not likely be required to be a certified teacher in the state where you live so long as you are instructing only your own children. However, if you want to hire someone to instruct your children in your home school, your state may require that person to be a certified teacher. One way you may be able to meet your state’s requirements that your children’s instructors must all be certified teachers – if that should be the case in your state – is to give your children’s instructors the title of tutor. You will be the instructor, but you may hire people to tutor your child(ren).
Anyone can be a tutor so long as they are well informed and skilled in the subject they are tutoring, and you would naturally want the best for your children. Keep in mind that you are your children’s homeschool teacher and any tutors answer to you. Be sure to characterize any tutors you engage for your children as tutors in reports you may be required to make to your state.
Do not misunderstand. By no means am I suggesting that you should not get your child the best teachers/tutors you can afford, but I think we all know that every teacher who is certified is not necessarily the best teacher, and people who are not certified may be exceptional teachers. Who would not love to have Einstein instruct their child in physics if that were possible? He was not a certified instructor. Very often experts are not certified instructors. They are just very good at what they do.
If you know someone who is excellent in a particular area – writing, math, history, art, music, or whatever, you may want to engage that person to be one of your child’s tutors. Your child will benefit far more than s/he would benefit by attending public school where teachers are only required to know how to teach. They are not required to know any particular subject well, but only how to teach it.
It is my own opinion that anyone who does not know the subject they are teaching well cannot teach it as well as someone who does know that subject. Simply following written instructions or guidelines on “how to teach,” may not be the ideal regardless of certification. Would you want to learn how to fly an airplane from someone who has never even been in an airplane, but has been taught “how to teach?”
Yes, there can also be the problem that some people who are experts in their field are no good at conveying their knowledge to other people, especially children. So you must use your judgment if you decide to engage a tutor for your child. Make sure you are getting your child the best teacher/tutor you can afford, because their future depends on it.
If you have any questions regarding home school, feel free to email those questions to me. I will answer them if I can, or point you in the direction where you can find the answers.
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C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 10, 2018:
Home schooling is an excellent choice for those people who are able to do it, and serious about doing it well. I home schooled my daughter who is now 29. However, I have observed children being home schooled who I feared would be so very unprepared to enter the workforce or to go on to university. that it was heartbreaking. Home school isn't for everyone. It's so important to make sure your children get the best education you can give them, and I can't emphasize that enough.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge of your friends experience with home school. I'm glad to hear it's working out well for them and their son. Home school works well and solves a lot of problems for lots of families and young people, but sadly there is the other side too, where it is actually the problem, because people are conducting it and doing it all wrong and for wrong reasons.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2018:
We recently met a couple who are home schooling their son and he would be considered to be a junior in high school. He was a joy to meet and seemed beyond his years in terms of education that is the norm. Home schooling is definitely working for that family!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 27, 2015:
Peachpurple, thank you for your comment! I never had a maid. Home school has many advantages and one of them is setting your own hours when you will have 'school' with your child(ren). It need not last all day as it does in public schools. You don't have to create busy work and you can go at your child's speed. We had a little school everyday, even weekends and summer and Christmas Day, and year around. Learning takes place easily at all these times.
I don't know about you, but I've never had trouble sleeping if my towels weren't perfectly folded in the linen closet. I know people who do have trouble sleeping in such situations. I like to keep my home clean enough to be healthy. Too much clutter depresses me and filth is simply not acceptable, but there's a lot of leeway beyond that. Cleaning and dusting, etc., isn't at the top of my list and my home will never be featured in House Beautiful.
Anyway, I never had trouble fitting school in around my schedule and vice versa. When one has school a little bit everyday there's more time to do things spontaneously.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 26, 2015:
if you have a day of household chores to do, cooking to prepare, laundry to wash and kept, is there any way to teach your kids on your own? I tried, it was difficult. Unless I have a maid
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 30, 2013:
Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this hub, for sharing your experience in the area where you live on this subject, and for pinning!
I think it's great when public schools let home schooled kids participate in some of their programs and even some of their classes. Here, the general attitude in the schools is negative and many of the teachers and administrators are miffed that home schooled kids aren't attending school, etc. The idea should be to see that kids get the best possible education, and it shouldn't be an ego trip for anyone.
Personally, I think being able to write one's own curriculum and doing that is one of the major advantages of home school, but I realize not everyone can do that. It's good that the schools in your area are willing to offer assistance in that case.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on June 27, 2013:
It sounds like you did an excellent job teaching your daughter. Here in California, the school district from which I retired had a special department to help parents who were home schooling their children. The district provides them with an appropriate curriculum and gives the home schooled students the opportunity to participate in group activities, such as field trips, find tutors, and locate club sports. Home schooled students can have a full educational experience. This is a great article and I have posted it to my education board. Thanks for the info!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 23, 2013:
Thank you Peggy W for reading, commenting, voting, and especially for sharing this hub. We want to take care that our children have the best education we can provide for them, but just because a person has a teaching certificate doesn't guarantee that will happen. I believe the best teacher for any subject is the person who knows that subject well and who ideally loves that subject so that they will as much as possible impart their love and excitement about the subject to their student.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 21, 2013:
Thank you torrilynn for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub!
Texas and Alaska are the 2 most home school friendly states in the U.S., and their required curriculums have the easiest requirements. Other states are often quite regimented and pretty much require the same things that children get in our failing public schools.
Materials are easy from my perspective because I wrote my daughter's curriculum myself -- one of the advantages of home schooling.
torrilynn on February 20, 2013:
i feel that as a parent, if you are unsure about your ability to take on such a big role in your child's life then maybe you should get someone else to homeschool your children.on the other hand, if you feel you are completely capable of home schooling your child you should first make sure that you meet the necessary requirements to homeschool your child and that you have the right materials. great hub for those parents who are looking to homeschool their children in the future. voted up.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 20, 2013:
This series of articles that you are writing about the different aspects of home schooling should help many people who are deciding whether or not they should embark upon such a thing. Calling someone a "tutor" in place of other titles is interesting. Seeking out the best qualified person who can truly impart the information to the child is the best of all worlds and the title hardly matters. Your Einstein example is perfect! UUI votes and will share.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on January 13, 2013:
Thank you Paul Kuehn, for reading and commenting and sharing and pinning this hub!
I can see how you might think it would be better to home school behaviorally challenged children rather than putting them in alternative schools. On the other hand, I think it is often the parents who do not manage these children very well who are the problem in the first place.
I realize there are parents who do everything right and their child still has behavior problems, but in the work I do, working with special needs children, some of whom have behavioral issues and nothing else, parents are often a big part of the reason the children have those behavioral problems. The parents sometimes do not want to assist in making improvements, or worse yet, do not choose to recognize the behavioral problems their children are having in the first place. I'm not sure that being more in the company of the parents who fostered and enable the bad behavior would be helpful.
Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on January 12, 2013:
This is a very interesting and useful hub. I never home schooled my son, and I don't know of anyone who has. There are definite advantages since the parent has the power to control who is teaching their child. I think a choice to having alternative schools for students with discipline problems is to home school them all if possible. Voted up as useful and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 25, 2012:
laurathegentlemen: I used to be impatient and perhaps not so different from how you feel now. Everyone kept telling me "when you have your own kids it will be different." I thought they were crazy. Why would it be different?
Well, as it turns out, it was different. For one thing, your own baby starts learning from second one what YOU expect of him/her and together you learn how to live with each other. Your own child will most probably have many of your own traits and so you will be able to identify with your own child more because you will see yourself in him or her.
That's just conjecture on my part. I don't know if everyone would see it that way, or if there is any scientific proof of what I said, but that did make a difference with my own daughter. Regardless of the reason, your own kids do have a different affect on you than other people's.
Even so, home school is not for everyone or every family. Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 24, 2012:
Shyron: That's what this hub is about -- getting someone to help with the homeschooling and fitting it around your work schedule. Thank you for commenting!
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 23, 2012:
Angel: Thank you for your comments. Hiring a grad student to teach certain subjects sounds like a win/win situation to me. They get teaching practice and your children get someone who loves the subject to teach them!
laurathegentleman from Chapel Hill, NC on March 22, 2012:
I think this is a very important topic for anyone considering homeschooling. Homeschooling is a great option for people who live in areas where the public schools don't have much to offer, and for parents who have lots of time to give to their kids. My cousins were all homeschooled.
I love the idea of homeschooling, but I don't think I'd ever be able to teach my own child at home - I'm the kind of person who gets frustrated easily! Nonetheless, very informative and helpful for people who want more information!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 21, 2012:
I love your articles and wished that I had the time to homeschool my two sons, but I had to make a living for myself and my sons.
Angel Mehsinjer from United States on March 20, 2012:
I like the idea of homeschooling. There's a homeschool assc. here where I live that organizes sports and theater events for home schooled kids. My sister home schools, and it's working well for her. Getting people who are expert in different areas to teach your kids sounds really good to me. Maybe a gradstudent or something so they won't charge as much but still be someone well informed on whatever subject it is. You have both me and my sister thinking. Interesting hub.
C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 20, 2012:
Shyron: Thank you for taking time to read and comment!
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 19, 2012: