As I mentioned in Homeschooling chemistry this year? “My son needs to take chemistry this year. He doesn’t have much interest in the subject, …”
Since we couldn’t get him into the community college courses (the waitlist is still full), and the AP course at the local high school might let him in, if there was room, in the spring, it looked like I was going to have to learn it with him, like we did for physics. While it would be good for me to learn general chemistry, I’m not sure I’m going to have time this year to give it the attention it would need. I’m very afraid that we would slip on the schedule repeatedly, to my son’s detriment.
My son and I looked at online courses, and found one somewhat pricey one that seems to have gotten good reviews (not only in the customer testimonials, but also in one of the homeschool mailing lists, which tends to have less selection bias). Although this is just AP chem (slightly less rigorous than the book I’d planned to use), we decided that the external schedule would probably be enough of a benefit to be worth the price to us.
The course is ChemAdvantage, taught by Peter Moskaluk. It is costing me
$738.95 for tuition (with handling charges)
$239.45 for the chemistry kit (with shipping)
$16.98 for the textbook
for a total of $995.40. If I decide to do the labs with him, I’ll need to get another pair of safety goggles, pushing the course over $1000. That’s more than the community college would have been for 2 semesters, but a lot less than UCSC Concurrent Enrollment. I would still have preferred the community college course, where he would have learned to use real chem lab equipment, but the California legislature has decided that education needs to be strictly rationed, so that they can continue to pay for imprisoning ever larger fractions of the population without charging corporations and wealthy individuals any taxes.
(Actually, I’ve already spent more than $1000 on the course, because I bought the new AP chem student lab manual, which we probably won’t have any occasion new to use, since the ChemAdvantage course comes with its own lab manual.)
I might still make a colorimeter, just for fun.