… made the column deadline, now back to treading water in the rising tide of Google alerts.
The following articles “about” homeschooling were published in August.
State Journal, Charleston, West Virginia, 3 August 2006, Schooled at Home: More families holding classes in kitchens
During the 2004-05 academic year, more than 5,500 children in West Virginia were educated at home. And if past trends are any indication, even more students will be home-schooled in years to come.
Topics that followed:
A Decision That Made Sense
A System of Support
Regulations For Home Educations
State Journal, Charleston, West Virginia, 3 August 2006, Decision to Home-School Kids Just Comes Naturally: Spending more time with your own children is an enriching experience
Tony, just 3, didn’t see learning as something only for his older siblings, or something that happened only from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, or only from September to May. From that minute on, I wanted any children I was lucky enough to have someday to embrace a similar eagerness for learning.
That reminds me of a line my friend Patty uses. When people ask how long she’s been home-schooling her three children, she answers: “Since they were born.” She’s right — all parents are teachers; it really is the most natural thing in the world.
State Journal, Charleston, West Virginia, 3 August 2006, Teaching at Home Serves Some Well: Does home-schooling work? It certainly does for some families
America provides its citizens with many freedoms as long they exercise them responsibly. Home-schooling is one of those freedoms. It is a legitimate solution for many West Virginia families.
WALB-TV, Albany, Georgia, 10 August 2006, South Georgia students study from home
Adrianne says home schooling hasn’t affected her socially. If anything, she’s become more social from it. And she already has colleges knocking at her door. “Being home schooled doesn’t kick you out of going to colleges, colleges look for you because you are home schooled. I’ve had colleges trying to get me to go visit since 7th or 8th grade because they found out I was home schooled,” Adrianne says.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Huddersfield, England, 10 August 2006, The alternative to sending your kids to school
Schools do, of course, organise trips to museums and have special learning and themed days. But none can boast week-long pretend night-time air raids with gas masks, candles, blankets and ration books.
This experience was organised by members of the Huddersfield Home Educators Group during learning on the Second World War.
Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!
Kiplingers.com, Washington, D.C., 14 August 2006, Fun and Learning: Choosy parents often find that the best classroom is none at all.
The biggest cost of home schooling is often the forgone income of a parent who gives up employment. But few kids spend their whole childhood studying at home. The average is two years.
That statistic comes from Patricia Lines who wrote the the ERIC Clearinghouse book, Support for Home-based Education: Pioneering Partnerships Between Public Schools and Families Who Instruct Their Children at Home
Larry and Susan Kaseman critiqued the study, and the statistic, in their article, “Who Is Pat Lines and Why Is She Writing About Homeschooling?”
Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, Georgia, 15 August 2006, Parents tout benefits of teaching at home: Returning to school a whole different game for many students (use BugMeNot)
The money Courson spends on textbooks and computer tutoring programs still is cheaper than tuition at a private school, and it’s about the same as she spent when the children attended public school and she paid for gas to get them to school, lunches, school supplies and hip clothes, she said.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Alberta, Canada, 16 August 2006, Who home-educates?
Compulsory schooling, on the other hand, is not much older than 150 years old in North America. In Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, a child’s education was the responsibility of the family, not the state, until 1943. Seen in this perspective, mass institutionalized education — not home-education — might look more like the experiment.
[From one of the comments at the site]
The questions that we need to ask and answer are these: What do we mean by education? And if state education is the experiment, why did we change from centuries of home schooling to state run education systems?
Societies grow and change. Expectations change. Many parents demand that the state provide subsidized daycare for their children. Daycare is another form of state institutionalization.
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, 22 August 2006, Best schools at home for some
Watching a homeschooling family in California got Susan Quiroz of Collierville interested in it eight years ago.
“At first I thought it was a weird concept,” she admits, “but then I got to know their kids and really liked what I saw … . They gave their kids such a great all-around education that I decided it would be a great way to educate my own children one day.”