Ask FREd is an advice column edited and published
by the Alternative Educators' Network, with contributions
from Hoosier Homeschoolers with hundreds of years of combined
Many of our questions come though the IndianaHomeschoolers
 networking e-list, the largest
subscriber e-list in Indiana, dedicated to Helping Hoosiers
Homeschool. Some of the questions come from homeschooling
networking hub, the Indiana Home Educators' Network .
If you have a question you'd like asked in our column,
just click on any of the "Ask FREd" links and
we'll try to help you out.
We hope that these resources help parents learn, more than
anything, that THEY are in charge of and responsible for
the education of their children; even if they are enrolled
in a public school.
(State) Testing: What should a homeschooling parent
do if they want to give their children the same tests the
state give to publicly schooled kids? Are they necessary?
Are there any free testing options out there. FREd contributors
let you know what's what.
The Indiana Home Educators' Network has released several
new resources for parents who are just starting out, or
thinking about it. Here's a list of some of the more popular
web pages and files for Hoosier Homeschoolers:
Started Online Brochure
A PDF file with all of the basic links and information on
how to start legally homeschool in Indiana. Downloading
this file will answer most of your immediate questions.
Support and Resource Directory
Our county by county resource directory. The most comprehensive
in the state.
IHEN County Contacts
Contact a homeschooler near you, or in your county, who
can help you find local resources.
Needs Advisors (e-mail)
Contact a homeschooler who works with special needs children.
If you're concerned about homeschooling your special needs
child, these moms are here to help boost your confidence.
who Dislike School
This PDF file is an essay, republished from Home Education
Magazine. The Kasemans discuss some of the reasons your
child might be acting out in public school. They also give
some ideas for new homeschoolers, so they don't make the
same mistakes their public schools made.
extra credit reading
Here are some more articles, essays and ideas that we think
you'll find of interest.
Free and Compulsory
by Murray N. Rothbard
"The effect of the State's compulsory
schooling laws is not only to repress the growth of specialized,
partly individualized, private schools for the needs of
various types of children. It also prevents the education
of the child by the people who, in many respects, are best
qualified-his parents. The effect is also to force into
schools children who have little or no aptitude for instruction
at all. It so happens that among the variety of human ability
there is a large number of subnormal children, children
who are not receptive to instruction, whose reasoning capacity
is not too great. To force these children to be exposed
to schooling, as the State does almost everywhere, is a
criminal offense to their natures.
"Without the ability to learn systematic
subjects, they must either sit and suffer while others learn,
or the bright and average students must beheld back greatly
in their development while these children are pressured
to learn. In any case, the instruction has almost no effect
on these children, many of whose hours of life are simply
wasted because of the State's decree. If these hours were
spent in simple, direct experience which they were better
able to absorb, there is no question that they would be
healthier children and adults as a result. But to dragoon
them into a school for a formative decade of their lives,
to force them to attend classes in which they have no interest
or ability, is to warp their entire personalities."
Education versus Liberty: The Pedigree of an Idea
by Michiel Visser
"Now that many parents have taken things
into their own hands, thus re-conquering bits of sovereignty
ceded long ago, we wait for political leaders who will not
be afraid to state the truth. That the attempt of the state
to educate has failed. That it is time to undo the antiquated
legacy of absolutism. That we must once again separate state
and school. Thus we await the liberation of our schools."