Standardized tests are inherently ableist.
This one-size-fits-all method of evaluation is highly problematic and often debated in conventional schooling (only skimming on the fact that it’s discriminatory). In the homeschool setting, they’re an abomination.
Mandatory standardized examinations for children educated at home (presently a requirement for Quebec homeschoolers) do not take into account a child’s reality and undermine a parent’s experience of their child.
Exams are designed for the success of one type of student: the one who is good at taking tests. Is that you? I most certainly know it’s not me, and I consider myself to be the ideal lecture-hall learner.
We chose alternative schooling because my son does not fit a conventional system. Yet, this same system, cultivated on privilege and authoritarianism, is permitted to judge and rule in my own home—without ever having met my child.
Once again, my son’s worth is based on output and productivity (and the ability to take a test).
Homeschooled children are set up to fail.
The political motive is easy to sniff out. If enough children fail (many of whom are homeschooled because they fall on the edges of the Bell curve), officials can [falsely] provide evidence to the general population that homeschooling doesn’t work. This is a great way to get societal support in favor of public education. This also creates a hot zone for establishing more stringent regulations with the goal of abolishing homeschooling altogether.
Governments are reliant on regulations so that we can be kept in line.
Traditional schools meet the needs of the government. Forced standardization, however, has no business in my home.
I don’t believe for a second we can be made to fold.