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ABoudroux
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:05 pm    Post subject: Help for a friend in North Carolina Reply with quote

Hello to all!

A friend of mine who I have known for almost 3 years now has recently confessed to me that his parents removed him from the public school system at the age of 12 with the supposed intention of home-schooling him and his sister, but that neither of them were give any formal education in the home whatsoever. My friend is now in his early 20s and still living with his parents. He is quite intelligent and good-natured young man, but sadly he even lacks knowledge of some elementary school fundamentals, such as the multiplication tables. What does he have to do in order to graduate and how can I help him to reach this objective?
Thank you in advance.
Best regards,
Alix Boudroux

PS. - Please excuse my English!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Help for a friend in North Carolina Reply with quote

One wonders how he managed to be public schooled to age 12 without being tought his multiplication tables, or why he couldn't study things on his own at home, but I'll take your post at face value and suggest the following.

1) Have him take a standardized test to evaluate where he is.
2) Buy curriculum / drill software for the appropriate grades and work him through it. Math tables just take practice - something like Barnum Quartermile would probably be good - and Saxon will probably take him through algebra at least with minimal trouble.
3) When he gets to high school-level courses, have him take AP / CLEP / DSST exams to prove competence.
4) Once he's fulfilled the high school graduation requirements for his state, he can award himself a "diploma". This method is preferable to just taking the GED, since the GED is generally considered second-rate by colleges (even though it's supposedly equivalent to high school graduation).

Since he's 20 already, no legal requirements for homeschooling apply.
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ABoudroux
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings, Mr. Theodore,

I do not know why he has not learned the multiplication tables and it did seem a bit strange to me as well, but as I am unfamiliar with the educational system in this country and I did not wish to embarrass him, I decided not to ask further. To me is amazing that one can remove a child from public schools and no one will make certain that this child is actually receiving an education!! I have a few questions with regard to your helpful suggestions: Where does one get these standardised tests, drill softwares, and AP/CLEP/DSST exams? How do I learn what the requirements for North Carolina are? How does he award himself a "diploma" and where he can get it?

Thank you very much for your kindness in responding to my query. This is appreciated much more than you can know!!
Best regards,
A. Boudroux
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Isikole
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW is all I can say....... Shocked

I'm in North Carolina, and I find it amazing that his family got away with not having standardized tests, or being required so show some evidence of those tests having been administered for all those years?!?!? I think that maybe he's pulling the wool over your eyes!!

That being said, however, here is a website with all the North Carolina requirements, and curriculum.

Best of luck.......

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Help for a friend in North Carolina Reply with quote

Most of the major homeschool curriculum suppliers (look around the Curriculum Discussion forum) offer placement testing for their curriculum, or you can use the standardized tests supplied by any state or organization (see http://www.nche.com/law.html, the section on testing, for some ideas).

You can get info on AP / CLEP / DSST tests from the following sites:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html
http://www.getcollegecredit.com

There are a number of services which can print you up a nice diploma, you should be able to find one on Google. An actual paper diploma is unnecessary, though - you just finish the graduation requirements for your state, then tell colleges and businesses that you've graduated. If they want evidence, you have test scores to show them.
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