The ‘back to school’ articles are still surfacing:
- Cadillac News, Cadillac, Michigan, 28 Sep 2005, Back to the books: Local parents joining hundreds nationwide choosing home schooling
"One of my best friends from high school home schooled his kids," said Gerald McDonald, Brittany and Ryan’s dad. "They were having great success and loving it. It gives us a chance to raise our kids and not someone else."
The article continues with the standard homeschool-article fare of numbers, and regulations, but includes a sentence about the meat of homeschooling:
- The McDonalds say their home schooling is not a reaction to the public schools.
"Initially maybe, but not now," Vickie McDonald said. "It’s more about my relationship with my children. I get to raise them."
The article winds up withÂ five short ‘internet paragraphs’ (short so theÂ eye can scan them)Â with the ‘do not try this at home’ information that some writers feel honor-bound to include.Â Still,Â the articleÂ has its nice points,Â and the photo of the kiddos is cute.Â
Other articles of general interest are:
- The Olympian Online, Olympia, Washington, 2 Oct 2005, More families opt to teach kids at home
Resources, clubs, activities on rise for home-schoolers
- St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 5 Oct 2005, Home-schooled athletes go extra mile to compete
Home-schooled students can compete because of a 5-year-old state law that requires schools to include them if they live within the district’s boundaries. They could participate before the law passed, but the home school first was required to apply for membership in the Minnesota State High School League.
- TwinCities.com, Pioneer Press, Associated Press,Â 6 Oct 2005, Parents in La. homeschooling their kids
Across Louisiana, families are turning to home-schooling as officials scramble to reopen shuttered schools. At least 800 families in Plaquemines Parish alone are affected, according to school officials.
A letter to the editor describes the benefits of homeschooling:
- Fredericksburg.com, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 5 Oct 2005, Home schooling has many benefits for kids
If the focus is on offering and supporting many educational choices to parents and children, we would all benefit from children who grow up loving to learn, not simply trying to get a degree to finish school.