I think this one is a bit tricky because obviously questions about how to deal with a whole classroom full of kids, or how to approach X curriculum with Y grade level are obviously off-topic. The question linked as an example in the OP falls into this category as it is currently written in my opinion. Even though she is not officially in a role as "teacher" it is more like a club leader, teacher or mentor role she/he is playing to a group of kids.
However, at least in the states, parents really do wind up doing a lot of the teaching, even if they don't home school as a lot of homework gets sent home (The Public school Alice would be at actually requires 30 minutes homework each evening be assigned by its Kindergarten teachers (Kindergarten is mainly for 5-6 year olds)).
It seems both the Home school proposal and the teaching proposal aren't really moving forward. As far as SE communities this is it in terms of what is available as a resource on SE, but I don't believe this is the right community for all possible questions related to either of these groups. There are a lot of good questions that could be asked that seem they would be too far off-topic for a "parenting" question and answer forum.
- How do I go about presenting X topic using a classical study approach?
- I have an OD student. How do I motivate him to participate in class activities?
- What should I look for when deciding on a unit study to use with my child/students in regard to Y topic?
I think the idea of editing questions to do our best to keep them focused on the parenting aspects of education seems like a good answer that doesn't automatically exclude topics (even math), but still tries to maintain the standards and focus of parenting and other related community standards.
An example of what seems like a perfectly acceptable and on-topic question to me would be. . .
- My Child is struggling in X subject area and I'm having a hard time motivating her to get her classwork done in a reasonable amount of time. Suggestions?
In fact, you can find questions like this on the site such as:
It is questions like:
that are a little more "gray in terms of how on topic they are - however the questions do seem to be aimed at a parent's specific need (in fact the second question was one I posed). However, I do believe both questions may have been written by parents that are homeschooling (I know mine was).
Point is that these last two questions are examples of the type of question that really seem to walk that line between on and off-topic and don't seem to get great responses at this time anyway. Clearly, it would be helpful to me personally if such questions were included since I do have a high potential of having similar questions continue to arise in the future, but that doesn't mean the questions are really right and helpful to the community as a whole. I'm not sure how I truly feel about these type of questions and am really sitting on the fence about it.
On the one hand, opening the door to more quality questions that still relate to parenting (however loosely) will welcome a broader community base (such as home schoolers and teachers) and hopefully allow for more activity and growth on the site.
However, allowing such questions also will welcome a broader community base (such as home schoolers and teachers) and may cause a situation where the site loses a bit of its focus. I do not believe such a loss of focus is likely, simply because these kinds of questions are currently in the minority (I would be shocked if that changed) and if we are careful as a community about trying to aim the focus of such questions to elicit answers as they apply to parents, we may find some quality material arises from such questions that would be very helpful to many parents.