In the last month, the news media led many stories about homeschooling by pointing out Newtown and other school murders. The buzz within the homeschooling community is the expanded interest and questions from concerned school parents. The start of a school session after the new year often seems a cleaner break from the school starting this new family adventure. We can wonder how many families actually took the leap into homeschooling. Some parts of the country seem to have the Newtown reactive homeschooling interest, while other regions appear to have a more generalized basis for homeschooling considerations.
From Minnesota: Home schooling steadily grows Brie Groves
KASSON, Minn. (KTTC)– With incidents like Columbine and the recent Sandy Hook massacre it’s no surprise that many parents have taken on the role of teacher.
In the past four years alone there has been a 54 percent spike in the number of children who have registered to be home-schooled.
It’s at an all time high and the types of families that are now choosing to home school span the demographic spectrum of backgrounds, income levels and education.
The Connecticut article below articulated the thoughts I know I had, as did many other homeschoolers, while our country tries to absorb and form some sort of solution to these horrific school murders and associated problems.
“Bullying and emotional abuse and the threat of gun violence have always been a piece of the puzzle,” said Diane Flynn Keith, founder of Homefires.com, a site devoted to home schooling.Keith said that on the day of the Newtown shootings, home schooling message boards she visited were filled with parents expressing sorrow for the families of victims, but also thankful they didn’t have to send their own children off to a school building.In the weeks since, she’s seen a sharp spike in the number of people coming to her home schooling seminars because of Newtown.
Stevenson said roughly 2 to 3 percent of Connecticut students are home schooled.
“It’s clearly something that works for many people,” she said. “There are tons of resources for parents to get curriculum materials and individualized textbooks.”
She and several other representatives from Connecticut home schooling groups stressed that they have not seen an influx of new parents interested in home schooling since the mass shooting in Newtown. What’s more, they said personal safety has not been a dominant issue for parents.
Another Connecticut parent, Angelique Henderson, made this point, among many other thoughtful insights as a former high school teacher and homeschooling mom:
“Safety wasn’t really the major issue,” she said. “It was more determined by the atmosphere of schools. It had to do with the way systems just push kids through.”
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