In North Carolina, the homeschool numbers are up:
- Greensboro News Record, Greensboro, North Carolina, 3 August 2006, State sees increase in home schoolsÂ Â Â Â
The total number of home schools increased by 7 percent statewide during the 2005-06 school year. Pool the number of students — 64,387 — and you would have the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina.
And a few states up and over, numbers are down:
- The Independent, Massillon, Ohio,Â 21 August 2006, Â Taught at homeÂ Â Â Â
“Our numbers are decreasing and … I have a feeling we are going to continue that,” Drage said. “We came to a spike about four or five years ago, and we have been decreasing every year.”Â Â …Â Â Â Â “One of (the reasons), is the digital academies,” Drage said. “I started to see a decline just about the time the digital academies became common among districts. Itâ€™s not the only factor, but it is one of the influences.”
Overall, the article is informative and interesting, although there is one quotation that rankles:
- Families are not required to give reasons for wanting to homeschool their children, said Darlene Drage, a consultant with the Stark County Educational Service Center.
And just why, pray tell, would that concept enter anyone’s mind?Â Are former public school families ever required to say why they are voting with their feet andÂ choosing a private school?Â Â A comparison would be anÂ article on lunches, withÂ the headÂ cafeteriaÂ ladyÂ being quoted as saying, ‘Families are not required to give reasons for packing lunch boxes for their children.’Â Of course they’re not.Â We still have enough liberty so that we don’t have to stand, hat in hand, in a school official’s office justifying our school choice decisions.
Hat tip to Daryl for the “Taught at home” link.