SPRINGFIELD - Thursday, Governor Pat Quinn, State Secretary Jesse White and Illinois State Board of Education chief Christopher Koch promoted home schooling - in a round about, unofficial way.
The three encouraged "all students across Illinois to access free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire learning outside the classroom." In other words, Illinois students can advance their learning skills at home.
“Summer is a great break to enjoy outdoor adventures but it shouldn’t signal an end to learning,” Governor Quinn said. “With online resources and parent support, children can keep up with their studies and maintain the gains they accomplished during the school year. This free tool can make sure our students are ready to succeed right from the start when the school bell rings again in the fall.”
Regarding parental support, Secretary White urges parents to read to their children.
"Libraries in Illinois promote reading year round, and the `Find a Book' search tool complements those efforts,' said Secretary of State Jesse White, who serves as State Librarian. "I urge parents to read with their children every day to help them develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. This year I also encourage parents to enroll their 2nd through 5th graders in the summer math challenge. Practicing their reading and math skills over the summer will help ensure a smooth transition when students return to school in the fall."
The online "Find a Book" utility provides a way for parents and children to quickly and easily search books that match a child’s reading level and interests as well as locate a local library carrying each title. The summer math challenge is a free math skills maintenance program targeted to students who have just completed grade 2 through 5 and is designed to help children retain math skills learned during the previous school year. From June 23rd through Aug. 1st parents who enroll their children in the program will receive daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources.
So, is it possible Governor Quinn, Secretary White and School Superintendent Koch see value in learning at home? It appears so - at least for a few months a year.