Homeschooling in Alabama, just like in much of the country, is a growing movement largely born out of a distrust of the “cookie-cutter” approach that public schools take towards the education process.
When a parent home schools their child they know the exact content of that education and can assess for themselves how their children are progressing.
Because this approach to education is completely tailored to the child, it gives the parent an extreme amount of flexibility in adjusting the curriculum if they find that their child is struggling in a given area.
In a traditional school setting it can be very difficult for a kid to catch up if they fall behind in a given subject.
Homeschooling in Alabama is unique because it is one of the only states in the country to not specifically address homeschooling in a written law. This can present some challenges for parents wishing to teach their kids at home.
There are basically two ways that a person can legally teach their children outside of a formal state school setting.
The first is with a private tutor who holds a legal teaching certificate and the second is through the “Church School Law,” which makes it legal for a child to not be enrolled in a traditional school if they are instead enrolled in a church run school.
The way this will typically work for homeschooling is that the Church will assign the parent as a teacher to their own children in classes that are ran out of their home.
Homeschooling in Alabama is a bit more cumbersome to set up initially for the parents, however, once it has been set up homeschool teachers that are formed through a “church school” have a tremendous amount of freedom from the state school bureaucracy because the state does not involve themselves in the administration or monitoring of these types of schools.
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