This short piece, headlined by the latest NCES study, turns out to be an interesting read. While the NCES study is pointed to, this article steps well beyond the norm of the reporting I have seen so far. In it the complex and changing reasons families choose to homeschool is highlighted, anecdotal evidence on the scope of the movement to homeschooling is reported, pressures on the brick and mortar school model are articulated and the future of education is forecast. Worth the read.
OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. — Sam Kiesinger is a sophomore at SUNY Oswego. College is the first time he’s been in a classroom with other students since the third grade when his parents decided to have him homeschooled.
“Initially it was because of religious reasons, but after awhile, they realized it was the best option personally for me as a student,” said Kiesinger.
“Over the last several years, I think improvements in technology, accessibility of curriculum online is making home instruction more attractive to parents,” said Mexico Central Schools superintendent Nelson Bauersfeld.
Bauersfeld has seen a small increase of homeschooled students in the Mexico school district.
They will learn better in a customized environment,” said Kiesinger.
A customized environment that is moving the classroom off school grounds and into the living room.
Homeschoolers should take note because we will feel the impact of changes in public schooling.