Just curious...when you send off your school stuff, do you have to turn it in to Canada or the US state you were from? Probably a silly question, but I wonder about such things. LOL
Kristi, that's not a silly question at all! It's a natural one, especially since we live out of the country.
The reports I turn in are to the distance-learning "school" in which we are enrolled here in Canada. It is not mandatory to be enrolled in a school of any kind in BC, but we chose to do so this year in order to bring more accountability to ourselves. We've found it to be less than ideal, though, and will not do this again next year. We were under the impression that we could do exactly what we wanted with our curriculum, but we've found that the teachers have the authority to change our curriculum to meet BC's education standards. I don't like that aspect of being enrolled, and I don't like having to send in samples of the work. I understand why they're necessary. I don't dislike the teachers; they're simply doing their jobs. I just don't like being under the direction of the government regarding my children's education.
What we are required to do is register our children in a "school" or educational agency of some sort. This registration is merely a formality enabling the BC government to see how many students are in the province and allocate money to schools based on the number of students. Some of this money is filtered to home school students, although a very small percentage. The past two years we simply registered our children with BC, and we had no interference from anyone; registering is all that is required, nothing more. But this year we actually enrolled in a "school" so we are at the mercy of the province regarding their educational guidelines.
Next year we will go back to just registering our children and using the curriculum we choose, with no interference from the province. I want to stress that we placed ourselves in this situation; the government has not forced itself upon us as homeschoolers at all.
In Texas, there are no restrictions and no accountability at all placed upon homeschoolers. That proved to be good and bad. There are numerous "homeschoolers" who are doing little or nothing for their children's education, and even some who physically abuse their children hide behind the facade of "homeschooling." If they say they're homeschooling, nobody bothers them, so they get by with murder - sometimes literally! The good part is that we had no interference from the state concerning what we chose to teach - no minimal requirements, no samples as proof that we were schooling, no changes to the curriculum of our choice.