Home School Position Paper
The School Social Workers Association of Georgia (SSWAG) is committed to promoting the rights, welfare and educational needs of all students. This can only be accomplished in a society which ensures that all students are given equal opportunity for the highest quality available education. SSWAG supports policies and practices which enhance the education of all students. SSWAG expresses concern regarding laws and policies which are potentially detrimental to the best interests of the child and the school system as a whole.
It is the position of SSWAG that the lack of oversight and quality control in the current law (20-2-690) contributes significantly to potential educational neglect in this state.
The following are viewed as negative:
SSWAG believes the following amendments, already in place in some states, would reduce the potential for abuse of the intent of the home school law, and reduce the potential for educational neglect of Georgia's children.
The following are recommended changes:
SSWAG recognizes that a large number of parents who are home schooling are sincere in their efforts, and are providing an education that will allow the child to be competitive in a rapidly changing and highly technical world. Those parents would hopefully not object to reasonable oversights. However, as professional social workers it is our charge to protect children who have no other voice, and to make every effort to ensure that all children have access to the highest level of their education ability. Ultimately the welfare of all students, their ability to compete on a national scale, and the welfare of our nation is at stake.