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Homeschooling Parents Set Their Own Course Despite Slow-Moving Government - By Teresa Mull (8/12/2016) - Whatever their particular reasons, a diverse set of homeschooling parents across the nation all have one thing in common: They’re dissatisfied with the status quo, and they’re innovating where the system is failing them. And what homeschooling parents are doing is working. NHERI reports, “The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.” Another recent study shows homeschool students score higher than the national average on the SAT, and NBC reports“many colleges seeking to diversify their student bodies are welcoming them with open arms.”


Why Home Schooling? - By Walter E. Williams - Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students. In the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year. In Baltimore, each school day in 2010, an average of four teachers and staff were assaulted. Each year, roughly 10 percent of primary- and secondary-school teachers are threatened with bodily harm.

   Many public schools not only are dangerous but produce poor educational results. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress for 2013, sometimes called the Nation's Report Card (http://tinyurl.com/mn6snpf), only 33 percent of white 12th-graders tested proficient in math, and 47 percent tested proficient in reading. For black 12th-graders, it was a true tragedy, with only 7 percent testing proficient in math and 16 percent in reading. These grossly disappointing educational results exist despite massive increases in public education spending.  


Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education  - They raise chickens. They grow vegetables. They knit. Now a new generation of urban parents is even teaching their own kids. ...We think of homeschoolers as evangelicals or off-the-gridders who spend a lot of time at kitchen tables in the countryside. And it’s true that most homeschooling parents do so for moral or religious reasons. But education observers believe that is changing. ...Many of these parents feel that city schools—or any schools—don’t provide the kind of education they want for their kids. Just as much, though, their choice to homeschool is a more extreme example of a larger modern parenting ethos: that children are individuals, each deserving a uniquely curated upbringing. That peer influence can be noxious. (Bullying is no longer seen as a harmless rite of passage.) That DIY—be it gardening, knitting, or raising chickens—is something educated urbanites should embrace. That we might create a sense of security in our kids by practicing “attachment parenting,” an increasingly popular approach that involves round-the-clock physical contact with children and immediate responses to all their cues.

...Says Rebecca Wald, a Baltimore homeschooler, “Once we had a child and I realized how fun it was to see her discover stuff about the world, I thought, why would I want to let a teacher have all that fun?” It’s 12:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and Tera and her daughters have arrived home from a rehearsal of a homeschoolers’ production of Alice in Wonderland. Their large green Craftsman is typical Seattle. There are kayaks in the garage, squash in the slow cooker, and the usual paraphernalia of girlhood: board games, dolls, craft kits. Next to the kitchen phone is a printout of the day’s responsibilities. Daisy and Ginger spend about two hours daily in formal lessons, including English and math; today they’ve also got history, piano, and sewing.

...he Schreiber girls spend most of their time out and about, typically at activities arranged for homeschoolers. There are Girl Scouts and ceramics and book club and enrichment classes and park outings arranged by the Seattle Homeschool Group, a secular organization whose membership has grown from 30 families to 300 over the last decade. In a way, urban homeschooling can feel like an intensified version of the extracurricular madness that is the hallmark of any contemporary middle-class family, or it can feel like one big, awesome field trip. Institutions throughout the country have discovered a reliable weekday customer in urban homeschoolers. “Everywhere you turn there’s a co-op or a class or a special exhibit,” says Brian Ray, founder of the National Home Education Research Institute in Oregon. Three years ago, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago began to court homeschoolers with free admission, their own newsletters, and courses designed specifically for them. Participation has doubled each year. “The more we offer, the more we sell out,” says Andrea Ingram, vice president of education and guest services.

...Still, you can’t help but wonder whether there’s a cost to all this family togetherness. There are the moms, of course, who for two decades have their lives completely absorbed by their children’s. But the mothers I got to know seem quite content with that, and clearly seem to be having fun getting together with each other during their kids’ activities. And the kids? There’s concern that having parents at one’s side throughout childhood can do more harm than good. Psychologist Wendy Mogel, the author of the bestselling book The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, admires the way homeschoolers manage to “give their children a childhood” in an ultracompetitive world. Yet she wonders how kids who spend so much time within a deliberately crafted community will learn to work with people from backgrounds nothing like theirs. She worries, too, about eventual teenage rebellion in families that are so enmeshed. Typical urban homeschooled kids do tend to find the space they need by the time they reach those teenage years, participating independently in a wealth of activities. That’s just as well for their parents, who by that time can often use a breather. And it has made them more appealing to colleges, which have grown more welcoming as they find that homeschoolers do fine academically. In some ways these students may arrive at college more prepared, as they’ve had practice charting their own intellectual directions, though parents say they sometimes bristle at having to suffer through courses and professors they don’t like. Tera figures that her daughters are out in the world enough to interact with all sorts of people. She feels certain they will be able to be good citizens precisely because of her and Eric’s “forever style of parenting,” as she calls it, not in spite of it.



Colleges Nationwide Recruit Homeschool Grads /Christian Newswire/ -- As the modern-day homeschool movement confidently marches forward into its fourth decade, colleges and universities are opening wide their doors to welcome its mature, prepared graduates to their ranks. Homeschoolers score an average of 37 percentile points above the national average on standardized achievement tests and typically score above average on the SAT and ACT, statistics that apparently have caught the eye of college admissions personnel. Since 1999, the number of homeschoolers in the United States has increased by 74%, and today thousands of young men and women are graduating from high school -- at home.


Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S. (Aug. 24, 2010) Let's take a look at some of the evidence:

"Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years," states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). A 2008 study found that "an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008," statistics that were also confirmed by NCES. Last week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga's News Channel 9 reported: "In the last decade, the number of homeschoolers has far more than doubled, according to the Department of Education" (WTVC-TV, August 13, 2010).

The increasing popularity of homeschooling should not come as a surprise. Homeschooling, a term referring to "parent-led, home-based education," is now bordering on "mainstream" in the United States. In a 2008 article, SaveMoneyHomeschooling.com stated: "If homeschooling continues to grow at 7-12% per year for the next 5 years, we could see the percent of homeschooling students increase to 5 million, which is about 10% of the total children in K-12 education."


New Study Shows Homeschoolers Succeed in College a study titled Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students was released and showed that homeschooled college students significantly outperformed their peers. "This is great news for the homeschool community," said Michael Smith, president of HSLDA. "Once again, homeschooling parents have shown they are more than capable of preparing their children for all aspects of life," he added. The study covered homeschoolers from 2004-2009 at a mid-sized college in the upper Midwest.

   Among the major findings: Homeschooled students earned a higher first-year GPA (3.41) when compared to other freshman (3.12). Homeschooled students earned a higher fourth-year GPA (3.46) when compared to other freshman who completed their fourth year (3.16). Homeschooled students achieved a higher graduation rate (66.7 percent) when compared to the overall student population (57.5 percent). Other research has shown that parents spend on average $500 per child, per year to homeschool. In comparison, the average public school spends over $10,000 per child, per year. 

   Homeschooling is proving itself everyday to be a credible and cost-effective method of educating children. Other examples of homeschool success can also be found in the college preparatory area. Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy, which conducts online AP* classes with a Christian worldview, released its results today for the May 2010 United States Government and Politics AP* Exam. Reported scores for homeschooled students who studied with PHC Prep averaged "3.75" on a scale of 1-5 (with 3 being a pass).

   Last year's national average for the same exam was "2.78." As millions of children go back to school in the next few weeks, it's important to remember the hundreds of thousands of homeschool families (representing over 2 million homeschooled children) who are achieving amazing results on a fraction of the budget. *Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 27-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.


Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S. Contact: Michelle Eichhorn, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, 888-718-4663 MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- It appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education, according to independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (www.nheri.org), a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov).  

   Let's take a look at some of the evidence: "Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years," states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI).   A 2008 study found that "an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008," statistics that were also confirmed by NCES.   Last week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga's News Channel 9 reported: "In the last decade, the number of homeschoolers has far more than doubled, according to the Department of Education" (WTVC-TV, August 13, 2010). The increasing popularity of homeschooling should not come as a surprise. Homeschooling, a term referring to "parent-led, home-based education," is now bordering on "mainstream" in the United States.

   In a 2008 article, SaveMoneyHomeschooling.com stated: "If homeschooling continues to grow at 7–12% per year for the next 5 years, we could see the percent of homeschooling students increase to 5 million, which is about 10% of the total children in K-12 education." "Homeschooling high school is no longer uncharted territory . . . . There are a multitude of homeschooled graduates who are bearing fruit in the workplace, in the military, in their families, and in colleges across the country," states the Home-School Legal Defense Association, an organization whose purpose is to "defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children."

   Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, is not at all surprised by the increased popularity of homeschooling: "During the past thirty years, homeschooling families have proven that parents can do a better job than the public school -- socially and academically. Homeschooling works; everybody wins." As the homeschooling movement continues to expand, and as graduates from among their ranks assume positions of leadership and responsibility in the United States, our nation will be watching. Most citizens would agree that our nation is in desperate need of wise, well-educated leaders: men and women of integrity, curiosity, strength, and courage.

   The fact that homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education in our country may just offer our nation that hope we're looking for. About The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: Soon to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is recognized as the premier magazine for homeschoolers. Their Fall 2010 issue will focus on higher education, featuring articles that discuss dual-credit programs offered by colleges and preparing teens for today's job market. This professional publication offers approximately 200 pages of information, inspiration, and encouragement to homeschooling families around the world in each quarterly issue. View a sample issue here: www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/sample/#pg1


Ron Paul's Free Home-School Curriculum (May 2010) By Joel McDurmon - Gary North outlines it here. It's the best curriculum. It's free. It's web-based with video and original source documents. There's only problem... It doesn't exist yet. But you can help: Gary North knows Ron Paul. He worked for him in the 70s and has kept in touch. He is now urging Paul to create this curriculum. Paul could get it done, easily. He has the resources. His name would sell it, widely. It may even make many new home-schooler converts. It would have by far the greatest impact for liberty and reclaiming America of anything Paul has done so far or could do, and for generations to come. How can you help get this free curriculum into existence? Write Ron Paul. A couple thousand or so emails on this subject may finally persuade him of the need, or at least the market for it. Write him here. Please take the few minutes to do so. On the form, select subject "Education."


Home schooling up nationally Nearly 1.1 million students were home-schooled last year. The estimated figure of students taught at home has grown 29 percent since 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Department of Education. In surveys, parents offered two main reasons for choosing to home school their children: 31 percent cited concerns about the environment of regular schools, and 30 percent wanted the flexibility to teach moral or religious lessons. "Home schooling is just getting started," said Ian Slatter, spokesman for the National Center for Home Education. "We've gotten through the barriers of questioning the academic ability of home schools, now that we have sizable number of graduates who are not socially isolated or awkward, they are good, high-quality citizens." Slatter's group believes there are 2 million students being home schooled, a figure nearly double that of the government's estimate.


Homeschooling Resources

  • A Guide to Online Homeschooling - A resource for students and families considering homeschooling, building a curriculum and philosophy, and transitioning to college as a homeschooled student. The decision to homeschool a child is complex, and the reasons for home education are as varied as the people who choose it. Once considered the province of religious, rural, and white families, homeschooling is now more diverse. Although white students are more likely to be homeschooled than nonwhite students, 72% of homeschooled students live in urban areas, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). When asked in a national survey why they choose to homeschool their children, parents cited several different reasons that range well beyond the traditional perceptions of homeschooling families.

  • Homeschooling Pioneer Launches Life Skills Courses for Middle and High Schoolers Nationally-known homeschooling speaker and author Joyce Swann has launched the first course in her new Life Skills series, designed to help middle and high school-aged students succeed after graduation.

  • BeginningHomeschooling.com is a service of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (the Alliance). The Alliance is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 to support Christian statewide home education organizations. The Alliance represents 48 affiliate organizations from 45 states, Canada, and Mexico, and has over 1,000 years of cumulative homeschooling experience.  The best way to begin your homeschool journey is by contacting your state or provincial organization. Christian homeschool organizations serve families all year long by providing state-specific information, support and encouragement, information on local resources, annual events, and a watchful eye for legal issues.

  • 101 Reasons to Home School Highlights the shortcomings of government-run schools and believe strongly in the importance of father's having a vision for their family, and encouraging Christians to constantly develop a more biblical worldview.

  • Considering Homeschooling a national Christian ministry that introduces Believers to the blessings of private biblical homeschooling. We believe the Lord Jesus is restoring Christian families and saving the souls of children through biblical homeschooling and that God wants Christians to know the truth about the bad fruit of public school.

  • Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed. HSLDA's mission is to protect the freedom of all homeschoolers. Although our officers and directors are Christians, HSLDA membership is open to all homeschoolers. We trust and respect parents to make the right choices for the upbringing of their children. We have no agenda to make all public and home-based classrooms religious or conservative. Our primary objective is to preserve the fundamental right of parents to choose home education, free of over-zealous government officials and intrusive laws. We do put on a national conference annually and invite the board members of state organizations with whom we have worked for many years. Most, if not all, of those organizations have Christian leaders, but many serve all homeschoolers regardless of religious affiliation, as we do.

  • "Homeschooling Family-to-Family" (HFTF) Provides strong support from important homeschooling organizations such as the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Southern Baptist Church Home Education Association, and the National Black Home Educators Resource Association. Homeschooling Family-to-Family encourages experienced homeschoolers to "share their heart for homeschooling" by offering to mentor families they already know into homeschooling. HFTF's goal is to bring over one million new children into homeschooling over a five to seven year period, thereby strengthening state and local homeschooling organizations.

  • K12 Online Home Schooling for Parents & Home Schooling backed by former Education Secretary William Bennett. … from exceptional online courses, to blended online/classroom school programs, to full-time online public and private school programs… K¹² has become the largest provider of online learning for grades K-12, because we know better than anyone else how to build engaging curriculum that blends online and offline learning experiences. We also enable differentiated instruction down to the individual level, rooted in decades of educational research.

  • The Old School House Magazine The Old Schoolhouse for Homeschoolers is a business. We do not claim to be a ministry, but because our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ rules our lives, we wish to honor Him in all things, whether by school, work or play. Therefore, our physical publication, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine seeks to do just that, honor Him.

  • FamilyClassRoom.net

  • "Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act." Now that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional for schools on the West coast and a city-funded school for "homosexual students" is now open in New York, it's easy to see why so many parents have decided to educate their children at home. FRC is proud to support public policies that seek to strengthen homeschooling, chief among them Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's (R-CO) "Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act." This bill would ensure that homeschooled students could participate in federal education savings account programs and make it easier for them to enroll in college, among other things. Family Research Council Washington Update November 14, 2003


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