Are these lessons necessary for homeschooling parents? Teaching a few children - especially when they are your own - requires an entirely different skill set. Here in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, homeschooling parents work with the district to make sure their children are following the curriculum.
To be admitted into a credential program requires an undergraduate degree and classes in specific subjects such as health and special education; usually 30 hours of classroom observation; plus passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers. CSET tests writing skills and basic knowledge in reading, language, literature, history and social sciences, as well as science, mathematics, physical education, human development and visual and performing arts. Perhaps homeschooling parents could be required to pass the CSET to show they have good general knowledge and aptitude in reading and writing, but there seems to be no reason for them to learn skills to teach a varied population in a classroom.
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