Does homeschooling promote segregation?

That seem to be the opinion of this author from the Middletown Journal. But do kids really integrate in public schools?
Having spent the better part of 20 years overseas � 14 in Europe and the last six in Africa � I guess I am qualified to speak about change. It is often difficult to notice change when it is happening around you, but, when one has been away for a while, change often jumps out at you upon your return.
When I return to Middletown for an extended holiday, friends and family often ask if I see any difference in the way the city looks. All cities change over time, be it new roads, landscapes or housing development. Cities, including Middletown, are always in transition.
I am much more interested in the changes involving people. Read more…

Homeschooled students do well in spelling, geography bees

We have heard occasional complaints that homeschoolers have an unfair advantage competing against public schoolers (in bees, sports, whatever). What is the solution? Homeschool everyone.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Homeschooled students have won the past three state spelling bees, prompting some jealousy among parents and peers who attend public and private schools.

But education officials and homeschool advocates say homeschoolers win because they have focus, family support and a genuine interest in their education. Read more…

Making the move from home schools to regular schools

It’s a slow news day for homeschooling. This article implies all the stereotypes about homeschooled kids, that they can’t handle social situations, don’t have friends etc.
Practicing running and kicking drills last month prepared Alicia Palivoda for the soccer field and for the far more unfamiliar territory of Padua Franciscan High School.
Until this fall, Alicia, 14, had not spent time in a traditional classroom since second grade. For six years, her mother and others taught her at home. There were no classmates to contend with on athletic fields or in hallways. Read more…

Teen transformed by music

An amazing story! Homeschooled and with autism, this child has found music to be his key to a larger world.

When he’s at the piano, the 13-year-old jazz prodigy Matt Savage is an improvisational daredevil, a preternaturally mature player whose trio focuses on his superb original compositions.

But when he’s the subject of an interview, Savage is precise and deliberate, taking pains to repeat back each question about his remarkable talent.

‘What life was like before I started to play the piano? It’s kind of a complicated thing, because you see I was born with autism, and I was diagnosed when I was 3,’ Savage said in a recent phone conversation from his home in New Hampshire. Read more…

Families educate their own children for variety of reasons

When Kyle and Maj. Tony Tarvin decided to homeschool their daughter Aerin it was a decision based on many factors. Like most military families, the Tarvins move often so a primary reason to homeschool was to maintain continuity in their 9-year-old’s education.

“Aerin is just starting fourth grade, and she would have been in four schools already if we didn’t homeschool,” said Kyle Tarvin, who began homeschooling her daughter in kindergarten. Maj. Tarvin works at the TRADOC Analysis Center. Read more…

Homeschoolers split over education bill

We had a link a few days ago to the debate about this controversy.

The bill would clarify some of the federal laws that were written for public schools but impact homeschool education.

Education legislation has divided those in favor of homeschooling with supporters applauding efforts to guard against discrimination, and opponents fearing government intervention. Read more…

Hard work for parents, but it works for many kids

When Caleb Powell came to the breakfast table with a question about a bug, he and his mother, still in pajamas, spent the next several hours researching the insect.

This is a joy of home schooling, said Penny Powell of Eagle Harbor, who home-schooled her only son for second and third grades.

‘That question led to a lesson. I could teach to his style and follow his interests. My mission was to keep him excited about learning,’ she said. ‘Here I have this gift of a child. It didn’t feel natural at that time to send him off for six hours.’ Read more…

13- and 14-year-old siblings transfer to UC Berkeley as juniors

OK, I don’t write this stuff. I’m just linking to the story for you. If your child isn’t starting college before puberty, don’t worry, you are not a bad parent.
BERKELEY � Charles Pierce really likes playing video games. He practices piano and violin. He used to study aikido, but lately he’s been more interested in taking up fencing. Lately, however, the 13-year-old has mostly been hitting the books.
Charles is the youngest transfer student this fall at the University of California, Berkeley, where he’s now in his junior year. His 14-year-old sister, Mayumi, also transferred in this fall as a junior. Read more…

Scott Somerville (HSLDA) Defisks: HoNDA

A lively debate over the HSLDA proposed federal Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act. Some feel HSLDA doesn’t represent all homeschooolers and in fact they don’t claim to.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Home School Non-Discrimination Act of 2005’.
Chris has been gracious enough to allow me (Scott Somerville) an opportunity to make the case for HoNDA 2005. I’m taking it on in bite-sized chunks. If you want to know more, keep clicking…
Chris calls this “The HSLDA Full Employment Act of 2005,” arguing that if it passes, HSLDA will have “plenty of work helping non-enlightened homeschoolers get their share of the federal kitty.” Read more…

A home away from home schooling

More YMCAs and other community groups are reaching out to serve the needs of homeschoolers. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

DELTONA — They warm up with grass grabbers and jumping jacks, circle around a multicolored parachute and work out on fitness machines specifically designed for younger bodies.

A group of home-schooled children meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. for physical-education classes at the Deltona Family YMCA. They play kickball, soccer, basketball, swim and complete the National Physical Fitness Test.

But it is not your typical P.E. class.

There are no lines or uniforms, and the kids don’t compete. A group of moms sit in the corner chatting and watching their offspring. Read more…

Keeping parents ascendant over peers

A good description of the societal problems that homeschooling solves for so many.
Gordon Neufeld had studied and practiced as a clinical psychologist for many years, but his children gave him a wake-up call he describes in his book ‘Hold On to Your Kids,’ co-authored with Dr. Gabor Mate.
‘I realized I had lost the hearts of my two oldest daughters to their peers,’ Mr. Neufeld says in a recent interview. ‘There was a strain in our relationship causing resistance and opposition to us, and it hit home.’ Read more…

Homeschooling As A Better Alternative To Public School

Not an attack on public schools, but a fact based article with references.

Hundreds of thousands of families have made the decision to homeschool. According to Christine Scheller, an estimated three to four percent of the school age population, approximately two million students, participate in homeschool (Scheller 47). While the reasons for individual decisions to homeschool may vary, many parents cite serious concerns about the academic failures of the public school system and the on-campus social exposure of students to the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and sexually explicit behaviors. The homeschool environment promises a more wholesome atmosphere and academic progress that can be monitored closely by parent instructors with a vested interest in the student’s learning outcome. Read more…

Home school students to contest policy

This is all too common. At least the homeschool students are learning valuable lessons on how bureaucracy works.

A pair of student athletes who opt to earn their education at home but want to play on Grayling School sports teams are seeking the equivalent of an official’s review from the board of education.

Chelsea Chamblee, 14, a ninth grader who has been home schooled the last two years, and Jessica Bobenmoyer, 16, an 11th grader starting her first school year of home schooling, participated in practices and camps for Grayling Girl’s basketball teams this summer. Read more…

US religious right plans a home-school revolution

Did you get the memo on this “revolution” we are supposed to be planning? While it’s true homeschoolers are generally trying to make an impact on their world, that’s a common human aspiration.

Growing numbers of US families are being encouraged to abandon public education in favour of �home-schooling�, in order to further their ideology and to �regain America� for fundamentalist Christianity.

Activists told the BBC 2 Newsnight TV programme yesterday that the increasing �exodus� from American high schools is now in the order of 2 million people. Read more…

Homeschool Non-discrimination Bill Introduced in Congress

This New bill is an attempt to correct federal laws which discriminate against homeschoolers.
Washington, DC � Yesterday, Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) and Representative Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) introduced the Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act (HONDA) respectively in the Senate and House. ‘Our Constitution does not allow federal control over homeschooling, but there are many federal laws written for the public school environment that impact home education that need clarification,’ said Michael Smith, President of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Read more…

Portrait of young talent

This kid has talent. How much of this would be developed if she were in a one-size-fits-all school?

Nikki Zaferatos isn’t a typical 14-year-old.

Nikki loves to listen to Spanish radio and opera music. Her favorite book is the Bible. And her artwork rivals that of a professional, in the opinion of her fans.

Nikki is the featured artist this month at Tempe’s Gold Bar Espresso. She does portrait art, usually of celebrities, that many have mistaken for photographs. She remains modest about her talent. Read more…

Homeschooling Can Help Every Parent

Although the author no longer homeschools, she is very supportive in this article.

I started off parenting my school age children by educating them at home. After five years the situation no longer worked for us and we chose public schools. The kids love their schools and teachers but I still feel grateful for the years we were able to educate them at home. Home education of any variety can be a polarized issue in the United States. As more children are educated at home many parents will consider this option. There is so much wonderful information about homeschooling available now through the internet and local libraries and even some schools. Read more…

Homeschoolers run into public school roadblocks

The writer has a good point: If the school requires reporting from homeschoolers, they should share some reponsibility for their education and allow them to take classes.

Fritz and Nancy Beiswenger of West Goshen homeschool their 14-year-old daughter Bethany.Mary Hill of East Goshen homeschools her 14-year-old daughter Maureen Hill. That says something in itself. Homeschooling is costly and time-consuming. Parents who do it typically are very concerned about the quality or substance of the education their child or children would get or is getting in local public or private schools. They opt to teach their kids themselves. Read more…

NEA teaches a lesson in exclusion

An excellent article. However, I don’t know why she is so surprised at the NEA’s stance.
I was surprised to read that the National Education Association passed a resolution at its recent Los Angeles convention to exclude home-schoolers from participation in extracurricular activities in public schools. The article I read went on to say that the NEA opposes parents home schooling their children unless they are state-licensed teachers and use a state-approved curriculum.
Naturally, I found this quite unbelievable. Considering the high scores posted by home-schoolers on nationwide tests, the stellar achievements of home-schoolers on nationwide academic competitions, and the accomplishments of home-schoolers in college and the work force, I would have assumed that those interested in improving the educational results for our children would be intrigued, at the very least, by what home-schoolers are doing to get such wonderful results. Read more…

An Assignment from God

For most religious homeschoolers, it is a very clear call form God.

�An assignment from God� is how Noreen Shorey and Ann Harrell view their profession.

Shorey and Harrell homeschool their children and while they admit there are many challenges that come with their job, they said the benefits far outweigh the stumbling blocks. Read more…