Southern Pines Pilot, Southern Pines, North Carolina, 14 January 2007, Home-Schooling On Rise in County
More than 250 home schools exist in Moore County, up from fewer than a dozen 20 years ago. Schooling at home, of course, is as old as Socrates, but the movement as most Americans know it didn’t really come into vogue until the 1980s, when new legislation and an influx of resources made home-schooling a viable alternative.
KAUZ, Wichita Falls, Texas, 16 January 2007, Homeschooling A Growing Trend
Hall is joining a growing list of parents homeschooling. Between 2000 and last year the number of homeschoolers in Texas and Oklahoma nearly tripled. During the same time span nationwide the increase was more than doubled.
Martinsville Bulletin, Martinsville/Henry County, Virginia, 28 January 2007, Home-schooling numbers rise but reasons change over years
The number of students who are home-schooled in Henry County has increased from eight to 99 during the past 11 years. …
When Vogler began his job as director in the 1995-1996 school year, eight students were home-schooled, he said. …
In 1998-1999, the school year in which Columbine occurred, 35 county students were home-schooled, Vogler said.
The next school year, home-school numbers increased to 60, and Vogler heard the reason school violence over and over again from parents. …
The number of home-schooled students in the county continued to rise to 83 students in the 2001-2002 school year and 100 in the 2004-2005 school year.
This year, 99 students, or about 1.31 percent of the county’s 7,540 students, are home-schooled.
Sun-Sentinel.com, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 28 January 2007, Park gathering celebrates home schooling’s growth
The number of Florida children being educated at home has more than doubled from 25,000 in 1996 to 53,000 in 2006, according to the state Department of Education.
The statewide figure includes about 9,000 children in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee, 28 January 2007, Exact number who unschool hard to know
Across the country, 200,000 to 300,000 children are unschoolers, national experts said.
There are national experts on unschooling? Cool. Who? Only Brian Ray of NHERI is named in the (short) article, and his work doesn’t focus on unschooling.
Add to that the inherent ‘decentralized’ aspect of unschooling that would put a fatal crimp in the reliability of any formal counting of the unschooling noses across the nation. How does one get a headcount when homeschoolers are practically free as air in some states, and unschoolers even more so? Do the researchers lay in wait in parks with tranquilizer guns, then band and release the unschoolers after weighing them and noting any outstanding characteristics?
Video of homeschool researchers doing field work
(voiceover as a team of researchers collect data at a local playground)
We have here a purple snowsuited unschooler, co-located with a troop of homeschoolers. The young male unschooler can be distinguished from the young male homeschooler by the longer hair that is less stylishly cut, rather like the differences between the ‘trousers’ of rooks and crows.
The mother unschooler was fiercely protective of her young. We had to work quickly as she’d pulled out the dart almost immediately, and didn’t get the full dose of the drug.
This fisking is a bit over the top for such a small article, but the article has the hallmarks of pieces that seem to have been merely dashed off without any substantive research, or deep thought. It’s hard to resist a full fisk.
posted by Valerie