Remember way, waaaaaaaay back in January and February when I sent my Homeschool Reporting and 2010 Education Program in to be approved? Yes the reporting that gives me the green light to continue homeschooling THIS year and the Education Program that must be approved BEFORE I can subject my children to it. Well, today, August 30th, 2010 I was granted permission to start the year.
Oh I shouldn’t be so facetious. They are clearly understaffed and unfunded and doing the best they can with the resources they have. They are very apologetic about the situation and thank us kindly for our patience.
But the incredible lateness is rather amusing and yet downright scary. It makes me wonder what would happen if the children had not progressed or the program (yes the one you’d been using for 9 months of the year!) was not acceptable. This is the very reason the Unit is supposed to exist – to identify those who are neglectful, either willfully or unknowingly, in the education of their children. The system, put in place by the powers that be, is clearly failing those it’s suppose to protect. And to the rest of us, the paperwork is just a pain.
“So,” you are begging, “Did you get approved for the year you are MORE than half finished?”
Well yes actually I did. Phew! Gosh, imagine if I had to send in additional information in order to be approved. It could be Christmas before we could “officially” start the year.
Oh and for the information of those who have not yet applied to the Unit for registration but intended to – late submission does not extend to us! Seriously! I’ve had two friends who’ve been reprimanded for their “poor” time management. On both occasions the families had been unwell and asked for a short extension but were denied. (However if you say nothing and just send it in when you can, I suspect they would hardly notice…at least not for 9 months or so. Hehehehe.).
I know you are just dying to see what the Unit sends you once you’ve been approved to continue. I’ve scanned in the pages that I received (and blotted out any identifying info – names and dates) so you can enjoy a good sticky beak.
There’s nothing bad in there. It sounds very generic in places. They make a few resource suggestions and bemoan the workload I cause them by sending them what I consider an “adequate” amount of data in order to make an “informed” judgement on my child’s progress. I mean, I don’t want them to get it wrong!
The rest is all praises of my “tremendous insight” (yeah well I am his mother),and Ethan’s “pleasing and considerable progress” in the “excellent snapshot” I provided of our home education (Hehehe…I think they mean “daily moment by moment log”).
So fear not. The process is painless, although burdensome until you get the hang of it. My next report (sigh) will be my third and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it…although “enjoying” the process may never quite happen. It is work afterall!