Home schooling no longer just for the deeply religious
Once primarily the domain of the Christian right or the far left, home schooling is increasingly appealing to families that don’t consider themselves deeply religious or ideological.
The practice instead appears to be entering a new phase of mainstream attention, attracting greater numbers of people who are most concerned about subjecting their kids to the pitfalls of the traditional school environment: standardized testing, peer pressure, bullying and even violence.
Labels can be deceiving. In addition to the “Christian right” and those in the “far left”, many modern homeschooling pioneers were somewhere in the middle, not fitting into either of those descriptions.
Yesterday, Woodland’s Daily Democrat ran the article written by Rob Kuznia on current California homeschooling. The latest National Center for Educational Statistics (part of the US Department of Education) information was cited, reporting 3.4 % of all kindergarten through 12th grade kids are homeschooled.
One former homeschooler/unschooler, now attending an East Coast college known for its rigorous academic standards, explains his typical ‘school day’ at home:
Julian Sharisi, who grew up in Long Beach but is now a student at the private Sarah Lawrence College in New York, remembers a typical school day during his high school years. He would wake up between 9 and 11 a.m., eat breakfast and then read whatever interested him. Class for that day might include a private piano or cello lesson, a dance or acting class, or a trip to a museum or play.
“I never really liked math or algebra; I didn’t see the point — I wasn’t particularly good at it,” Sharisi said. Then he got into music theory and computer science. “Suddenly, I have a passion for math and physics,” he said.
Homeschoolers following their passions, different university admittance policies for homeschoolers, unschooling and other tidbits are shared in this piece.