The way the public sees homeschooling seems to be ‘improving’ (if you’re a homeschool advocate).Â I don’t know how institutions, or the peopleÂ relying on jobs in the industry,Â will view the shift.
In one instance, homeschooling is included in a range of educational options (hat tip to Tammy).
- Rhea County Online, The Herald News, Dayton, Tennessee, 28 May 2006, Private, college-prep high school studiedÂ Â Â Â
Rhea County has a wide variety of educational opportunities for younger students: six public schools, at least four private, Christian schools and homeschooling, but for high school-age, college-bound students, their choices are public school, homeschool or leave the county.
In an article in a motor industry magazine, homeschooling is said to be favorably viewed by respondents to a Harris poll.
- Reliable Plant Magazine, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2 June 2006, Â
Few adults give high marks to quality of U.S. public schools
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Home schooling also fares better than public schools in this analysis, but charter schools are perceived as providing a similar quality of education as public schools in general.
These are the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 2,435 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive between March 8 and 14, 2006.
Homeschooling often isn’t a matter of doing what is currently in vogue in the public eye, but the optimistic trend (from the homeschool viewpoint) may bring homeschoolers closer to being viewed as ‘normal’ by everyone else who knows they’re normal.