Skip to comments.Homeschool enrollment explodes
Posted on 06/08/2013 8:29:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Absolutely no one I know is satisfied with the education their children are getting in public schools. But most of the people I talk to with young kids have two parents that work full time outside the house and are unable to homeschool their children.
But a lot of parents are making the sacrifice as evidenced by the explosion of home schoolers in the US.
As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.
A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.
Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams. Data demonstrates that those who are independently educated generally score between the 65th and 89th percentile on these measures, while those in traditional academic settings average at around the 50th percentile. In addition, achievement gaps between sexes, income levels, or ethnicity--all of which have plagued public schools around the country--do not exist in homeschooling environments.
According to the report:
Recent studies laud homeschoolers' academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores
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Only those who don’t care about their kids would send them to one of the public programming centers.
public programming centers.
That certainly is a totally accurate description.
This is a long one...
Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record—Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963
# 17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
# 18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
# 19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
# 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
# 31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
# 40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
# 41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
# 42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [”]united force[”] to solve economic, political or social problems.
We’ve been home schooling our four kids since 2001. Three of them have never stepped foot on a public school campus.
As that number approaches 10% expect a backlash from the Left as fear crescendos in the Teachers Unions
Legislation will crop up in state legislatures to ban home schooling citing rare instances where unstable children do harm to themselves and it is blamed on the fact that they are home schooled.
Our home schooled daughter graduated from college in 2004. Home schooling her up to HS was a move all 3 of us agree was *extremely* beneficial to her education and emotional well being. She’s done just fine, utilizing her ability to think and achieve for herself.
We did & do consider the financial sacrifices in order to home school to be the best investment we have made in life.
Would like to see more pro-homeschool GOP get elected. So little emphasis on homeschool.....too much on big government No Child Left Behind/Core Curriculum GOP get
Oh yeah, guaranteed they will come after the independent thinkers. Despots always have.
Make no mistake, teacher’s unions are the embodiment of despotic thought and action. Worshipers of their pagan god, The State.
Second-grader suspended for holding pencil like a gun.
11 Year-Old Suspended Because He Said Gun
Six-Year-Old Suspended from School for Making a 'Gun Gesture ...
7-Year-Old Suspended, Teacher Says He Shaped Pastry into Gun
N.C. High School Student Arrested for Accidentally Leaving Gun in His Truck Gets Huge (Awesome) Surprise.
Obama's going to get rid of our Second Amendment one way or the other....Teachers are doing his dirty work....see the pattern?
Sending a child to public school is child abuse, unless the parents are Communist, in which case they and the child are too stupid to know any better.
Disclaimer for FReepers that have kids in public school....
I assume there could be a few exceptions in some parts of the US.
...or do NOT have the funds. Everyone cannot home school their children even if they strongly desire to do so.
And the next growth industry? Positive, traditional-values oriented, Christian, patriotic PRIVATE youth organizations. The Boy Scouts are dead to many families now that they’ve embraced faggotry and sowed the seeds of their own demise. Let the next generation of traditional youth organizations rise from their ashes.
But most of the people I talk to with young kids have two parents that work full time outside the house and are unable to homeschool their children.
why do you think the left has always pushed so hard to get women into the work force? with both parents out of the house the state is the full time nanny indoctrinating the kids.
I was just on the BSA website to mail them about their decision. They want my name and phone #. No thanks.
Homeschooling just may be the salvation of our nation - but it also may be too little, too late. We have 2 to 3 generations of dumbed-down, Marxist-brainwashed, low information voters now outnumbering conservatives (who have few true conservatives to vote for).
Not one conservative voice has addressed HOW to deal with this problem. Rush has acknowledged that it exists (after my many emails to him on the subject that he was NOT addressing it?????? Who knows....), but he has NOT offered a solution.
We home-schooled our 8 before it was cool, starting in ‘82. All have done exceptionally well. Wife and I were both public school teachers - so we knew first hand what was awaiting them in the factory brain-washing, government Marxist schools.
Last I read...about 4% of school-age children were home schooled. It might be 5 or more by now.
The kids are homeschooled. The 16 year old girl has always been able to flit through school, even though her mom is Sgt Rock with the academic standards. So I walked into the public school to talk to the counselor about college level classes.
In a short two minute conversation I got the immediate impression that this counselor needed help tying his shoes and buttoning his shirt in the morning. We’ll sign her up for online college courses.
The article estimates that 4% of K-12 students are being homeschooled. At 3%, it was beyond the point of no return for the public school monopoly.
Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
Actually on May 30th North Carolina passed legislation in the OPPOSITE direction.
Home School Redefined
With the signature of Governor Pat McCrory on May 30, 2013, North Carolina enacted Senate Bill 189, which redefines the term home school in state law.
The old law defined a home school as a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.
Whereas the old law limited the source of instruction for children to parents, legal guardians, or a member of either household in a two-household home school, the new law provides more flexibility and options for families to obtain instruction from other sources. The thrust of the new law is that the home school option for educating children is parent-directed, but parents and others named in the definition do not have to personally teach all of the subjects. While parents, guardians, or a member of either household should provide at least some of the instruction themselves, co-ops, tutors, and specialists for students with learning disabilities are among the additional sources of instruction that may be utilized.
The cost for dual enrollment at our local community college is 1/2 regular tuition per credit hour.
It only took one to three generations of compulsory socialist-entitlement K-12 schooling to give the nation Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The progressive system of K-12 indoctrination has been entrenched in this nation since the mid-1800s. Progressives have always pushed for compulsory schooling, longer and more days,and enrollment at earlier and earlier ages. Progressives have always controlled teacher training and curriculum development. Progressives have always been pushed society's moral envelope.
That is excellent news but don’t ever think you have the Leftist beat. They never give up. They will keep pushing their agenda until they win or die.
Rush does not want to offend his listeners. It is the same reason that churches have been so slow in responding to the education crisis in this nation.
In my county, the school district is the single largest employer in the county. No other business comes close in the size of the payroll or number of employees. Few ministers will bite the hand putting money in the collection plate and Rush isn’t going to bite that hand either.
We have been Homeschooling since 1995, my oldest graduated this year, I will graduate one a year starting in 2016, the only time any of them have been on school grounds is for Church. (our Church meets in a school gym)
My Son, who was a die hard, 100% boy scout, well on his way to Eagle, pulled him self out of scouts before I could. Funny how an 11 year old, gets it. I am proud of him he took a stand for God, and his values.
We’re going primarily homeschool next year because my daughters are having medical problems.
They’ll take some classes at their current private school: chemistry (because of the labs), theater, and latin (because my daughter loves the teacher).
English, history, and math will be online. We’ll see how it goes.
That's just awesome. Good on you for keeping your kids out of Big Brother's mind melding factory.
I think our kids are going to thank us one day for our sacrifice.
I’ve got a boy going on 6 in August. I want to home-school 100%, but I work full time and my wife is not confident she can teach him.
Can I teach him after work? Can I somehow instill confidence in my wife that she can do it? Another problem is that English is her second language.
I’m in AZ btw. I’ve read the laws, and I know only a parent can teach when homeschooling.
Homeschoolers are huge supporters of our book “A Patriot’s History of the United States”. However, at 4% homeschoolers have a long way to go. I figure another 10% are privately schooled. That’s too many government-propagandize s zombies.
You know, with people living longer and with retirement homes filled with retired teachers who are still sharp — it amazes me that more academies haven’t been formed to put grandparent-aged former teachers with young students whose parents want no part of public school “education”....
That's mainly because they are addicted to "goodies" - new trucks, boats, big houses and lavish vacations.
We make do with one paycheck in order to homeschool - no toys or vacations, just a well-educated child with a Biblical foundation.
A few more...
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind.
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression.
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies.
Not surprising the communists and unrepentant terrorists of the 60’s chose new careers in education.
Ayers, Dohrn, Angela Davis, etc...
“...and many more live with families where both parents must work full time in order to make ends meet.”
Let me translate that: “...and many more live with families where the parents must work full time in order to keep up appearances in their social circles.”
There are ALWAYS options, such as crappy neighborhoods (and does that matter if you home school?), condos, apartments. Move close enough to where the one breadwinner works and you have little or no transportation (commuting) costs either.
“Rush does not want to offend his listeners...Few ministers will bite the hand putting money in the collection plate and Rush isnt going to bite that hand either.”
Actually Rush has blasted them many times - he could care less if teachers are listening, but his show is event-driven, so if there’s nothing in the news on the subject, he generally won’t bring it up. You may well have a point about churches though.
But it’s not just the teachers and the others on the payroll, it’s the parents that are VERY, VERY, COMFORTABLE with the idea of getting ‘free daycare’ for 36 weeks a year, rather than having to pull-in their lifestyle a bit and either keep a parent home, or pay directly for school. I learned that the hard way, talking about my kids at work, no one wanted to hear it - they just figured they “born-smart”, which may or may not be true (and even if so, nothing special), but they were DEFINITELY “born-lazy” which also assures failure in today’s public schools.
Separate school and state, before it is too late.
i unfortuntately was a single mom (divorced for physical abuse. broken nose etc). then in my second marriage i was bread winner. all of my children attended christian school some part of their lives. i just couldnt afford it all the time. i wish i could have home schooled or at least sent them all to christian schools for 12 yrs but i could not. i was too busy working to pay irs and 4000 in property taxes.
the more they take our money the less we can afford to educate our kids the way we want to.
I do not disagree with you at all. And while many here are pushing for homeschooling and I do support them in their efforts...I hope many realize it is a Band-Aid and not the solution to the problem. You, wintertime, actually state the problem.
We know they are going to come after homeschoolers. As individual entities they are not going to be able to stand against the rogue regime of progressive government. Sure, they'll fight, sue and we'll defend them...but that gets the whole issue mired down in the battle and not the winning the war.
I am thinking about an solution and I have no idea if it would work or how to make it work. Is there a legitimate way to create the 'little red schoolhouse concept' all over again? Is there a way for small groups of conservative parents to get together and teach their kids using a homeschooling type curriculum?
I am very sad when I read or hear the above. Why?
Answer: This lack of confidence is **entirely** due to the indoctrination that Americans have received while attending their own K-12, prison-like, and brick and mortar schools. Of course brick and mortar schools want their graduates to believe that only such institutions can teach children. It is how they perpetuate their evil!
Of course your wife is capable of teaching your children! She taught them to speak in English, toilet trained him, how to eat with spoon and fork, ride a bike, roller skate, tie their shoes, say please and thank you, dress themselves ...etc. None of this is learned in **school**!
Believe me teaching a child to read and do arithmetic is NOT any different than any of the **thousands** of things she has already taught your children.
Please visit a homeschooling meeting with your wife so you can both see that ordinary people are rearing up extraordinary children by doing what God has naturally planned for us to do.
Answer: Because the Marxists in this nation have near total control of every major cultural institution that will influence how the next generation of voters will vote.
Solution: Recommend the Yuri Besmenov Youtube tapes to everyone that you know.
Solution: Collapse the system. There are entire counties (and even whole states) where, if conservatives and Christians simply removed their children, the entire GODLESS and socialist indoctrination K-12 system would immediately collapse!
Solution: SHAME and SHUN anyone who works for the EVIL and godless socialist-entitlement K-12 schools. These people are destroying the hearts, minds, and SOULS of children. It is EVIL that they are doing!
Solution: Persuade parents to get their precious children OUT of the godless and socialist-based government schools. NO education would be better than feeding their children this poison.
NRA? Will eventually lose because children are being taught to hate and fear guns in school and in the media.
Homosexual “marriage”? Conservatives have already lost in many states, and will continue to lose because children are being conditioned by anti-bullying propaganda in their schools and in the media.
Sex before marriage? Already completely lost that war!
Name any issue? In ONE generation the Marxists win because they have control over our children and conservatives and Christians let them. Yuri Besmenov warned us and we did not listen and still refuse to believe him.
Do it. It will be the best thing you ever did for your children.
Remember...there is a lot of help out there.
Absolutely no one I know is satisfied with the education their children are getting in public schools.
I know most are happy with their kid’s public education in Severna Park MD which is a suburb of Annapolis MD. It is a wealthier area though. I send my kid’s to St. John’s in Severna Park., MD (we live in Arnold, MD which is just down the street from Severna Park). For high school, we have 2 kids in St. Mary’s in Annapolis, MD. My wife and I cannot even trust the good public schools though.
It’s so prevalent that Texas has even set up a public online school, to cater to homeschoolers. They say it is for the kids with intense athletic training schedules, artistic lessons and health restrictions.
They even have radio commercials for it.
That is great! Our family is 3 generations of not stepping on public school. My parents went to Catholic School, my brother, sister and I went to Catholic School and the 9 grandchildren are going to Catholic School. Just say NO to public Schools!!!!!
I understand wintertime.
The question is why won’t conservatives ACT?