angela in ohio Posted September 23, 2015 Share Posted September 23, 2015 I think I need someone to talk me down from this. :( I am not usually a homeschool flag waver, at all. I have no problem validating my dc's grades with SAT subject tests, and we made sure they each have outside grades in every area at some point. I'm pretty realistic about homeschool outcomes. So bearing in mind that I'm not easily offended by this stuff.... The National Merit semi-finalist to finalist process is ticking me off. It says, "You will need to designate a person to complete a letter of recommendation, provide characterization information, and endorse your homeschooled student. This person must not be related to you or your homeschooled student and should know the student in an academic capacity. Once you and your homeschooled student have completed your portions of the application, you will submit the application to this Endorser and he or she will complete the remaining sections of the application and transmit it to NMSC. Before e-mailing the temporary credentials to the Endorser, please confirm that he or she is willing to complete the recommendation and endorsement and transmit it to NMSC by the deadline." My kid sat in a public school and took this test, same as everyone else. She then sat in a public school gym to take her SAT, same as everyone else. I don't need someone else to submit the application *for me* and "endorse" her. You think a high school principal isn't biased, when they submit for their student? Schools advertise their NM students, so they have a vested interest in getting more. There needs to be more flexibility. I guarantee, most of the students who are getting NM are probably taking outside DE or AP courses already, so turning in some outside grades should be an option. Now, we're all good, the local public school pays for her DE classes and keeps track of them, and she takes band there and knows everyone, so the principal will write a letter. But I shouldn't have to ask. I don't mind getting a letter of recommendation from someone, but to have them have to "endorse" my child for me and submit it? Ugh. In the end it's hers, and I wouldn't say no. But it probably won't do anything for her at this point anyway. But they wouldn't even notice if we didn't complete it. I don't know. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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