A week or so ago, a panel of three judges of a California appellate court ruled unanimously over a child welfare case that parents in California needed teaching or tutoring credentials in order to homeschool their children. Now, I don't know much about this specific case or homeschooling in general, but on the face of it this seems perfectly rational to me.
I suppose I object to the use of rational. Rational is not the right word, especially when you're using a phrase like, "on the face of it." Rational implies reasoning and a more involved thought process then what you'd get by simply taking a glance at the surface of an issue.
The use of "rational" aside, Aaron got me wondering what would be the questions you'd have about to ask to determine if credentials would be the proper thing to demand of homeschooling parents. I came up with three;
What do credentials offer?
What concerns do we have about homeschoolers?
Does credentialing answer those concerns?
I'm going to leave that open for the moment. Maybe Aaron will come over and over his thoughts and anyone reading this is certainly welcome to offer their answers to the question.