HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Home Education: Answers for Ohio Parents
Author: Diana M. Fessler
Publisher: Cassidy and Nells, 1990
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: For parents
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Fessler, Diana M. Home Education: Answers for Ohio Parents (published in 1990 by Cassidy and Nells Publishing, P. O. Box 24133, Huber Heights, OH 45424). Back in 1993, when we lived in Dayton, OH, and first began seriously contemplating the possibility of homeschooling our older son Mark, some friends who were already homeschooling gave us a copy of this book, so we could become familiar with the homeschooling laws in Ohio. It would be of interest and benefit primarily to homeschooling families in the state of Ohio. At one time, it could be obtained from the Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO). It gives a full explanation of the Ohio state regulations regarding homeschooling and provides a wealth of information that would be especially useful to beginning homeschoolers. Diana Fessler is a homeschooling mom whom we have had the privilege to meet. In 1998, she ran for a seat on the Ohio State Board of Education. People asked why someone who chose not to use the public schools would run for a seat on the state organization that oversees public schools, and she responded that the Ohio homeschool regulations actually give the State Board of Education authority over homeschooling as well, so homeschoolers need to be represented on the board.
The Dayton Daily News endorsed Fessler’s opponent, saying, “Because this district is huge—covering Montgomery, Preble, Butler and part of Miami County—and the race is so obscure, voters have to pay attention here” and ridiculed her for being a homeschooling mother. I wrote a letter to the editor. “We have two children for whom we desire the very best education, so we are trying to ‘pay attention here.’ And that is precisely why we are voting for Diana Fessler. She stands for more parental rights and choice in education instead of increasing state and federal government control of our schools….We desperately need Diana Fessler’s voice of reason on the state school board in behalf of parents and children.”
When the letter was published, Mrs. Fessler called me personally to express her appreciation for our support. She went on to win the election, and later was elected state Representative to the Ohio Legislature from her district. I understand that the homeschooling regulations in Ohio have not changed significantly since we lived there, although there have been some serious attempts made by the educrats, so the information in this book is undoubtedly still quite relevant for Ohio homeschooling families. The Home School Legal Defense Association and CHEO both have the Ohio regulations along with a summary of them on their websites, but Mrs. Fessler goes into much more detail in the book.