will the Edwards children continue to homeschool … and should they have called it homeschooling in the first place?
The big news this afternoon is that John Edwards is suspending his presidential campaign. Now, I know I should be wondering just what suspending means, but instead, what I am wondering is how soon his children will be back in public school instead of being homeschooled.
Of course, I use the term homeschooling very loosely in this case. It was big news last fall when The Huffington Post interviewed Elizabeth Edwards about their homeschooling experience. My friend Tammy over at Just Enough, and Nothing More wrote about it in her Elizabeth Edwards Is Kinda Sorta Homeschooling, But It’s Working. Tammy did not want to start a debate about whether the Edwards family was really homeschooling, but it would have been an interesting debate.
As I read over the Huffington post interview, I kept thinking, “This doesn’t sound like any homeschool situation I’ve ever heard described before!” No public school I know of would allow a homeschooled child to slide in and out of the public school activities (lunch, field trips) of their “assigned” classrooms, as Elizabeth Edwards states in the interview. And very few homeschooling families have the means to employ a certified teacher to tutor their children. Do you consider that to be homeschooling or home tutoring?
In any case, I will be curious to see whether the Edwards children continue homeschooling for the remainder of this year, now that their parents are no longer on the campaign trial. What do you think they will do?