Report card on homeschooling

Report card on Alabama homeschooling

More statistics on homeschooling…

Using an article from the Washington County News, Lisa Dyess of Millry, in a recent Letter to the Editor to The South Alabmaian, quoted David Davis, Washington County Board of Education Truancy Officer: “The main problem we face comes with parents telling us their children are being homeschooled and yet they are not in school receiving an education. These cases have been neglected in the past and I am going to make sure that they start receiving attention.” Dyess made the point (accurately) that Alabama has two ways parents can legally homeschool: tutoring by a certified teacher or parent(s) teaching under the umbrella of a church related school. Read more…

Homeschoolers experience the arts

Homeschoolers experience the arts

Homeschooling children is not necessarily an isolated experience.
In 1998, parents of homeschooled children in Sussex County banded together to create Sussex County Christian Home Schoolers(SCCHS). Almost nine years later, their group of a few families has grown to nearly 80. Read more…

Do home schoolers learn more?

Do home schoolers learn more?

With the popularity of home schooling on the rise, the academic payoff may not be as large as parents think.
Arkansas was the only state Pioneer Press found that analyzes test scores of home schoolers and public school students. The state, which has 15,012 home schoolers, compares the scores and tracks the academic progress of both sets of students. Read more…

Not Your Average 15 Year Old

Not Your Average 15 Year Old

This is the second story I found about this homeschooled teen.

Bryan Field, 15, who has been programming since age 10, said Java certification is the next step toward getting certified as a Java developer and a level toward being certified to run a mobile application or an enterprise-class application. “I expect to continue with it,” he said. “Before getting certified, I [already] thought of myself as a programmer.” Read more…

It’s okay to stay home

It’s okay to stay home

Well, actually home is only one of the places we homeschool. School takes place in the real world as much as possible.

The fall season, often recognized as the “going back to school” time of year, has little or no meaning for most homeschooled students, as these alternative education participants generally attend class year round.

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More from UK Channel 4 on homeschooling

More from UK Channel 4 on homeschooling

Our reactionary friends at UK Channel 4 actually have a whole series on homeschooling and it’s various reasons. Not all of them are as slanted and negative. Here’s the complete list:

UK Minister denies homeschool rise

UK Minister denies homeschool rise

A follow-up to the previous story on the Sinister threat of Homeschooling in the UK: a UK minister takes umbrage with the story, not because it defames homeschooling, but because it reflects poorly on government schools.
Reports that home schooling is increasing across certain parts of the country have been dismissed by the minister of state for schools, Jim Knight. Read more…

The Sinister threat of Homeschooling in the UK

The Sinister threat of Homeschooling in the UK

Hit tip to Mom Is Teaching. This slanted TV report from the UK subtly homeschoolers are part of a vast conspiracy or worse. They do this by simply feeding on stereotypes and misconceptions while presenting selective facts.
Channel 4 News Online reveals that the number of children being schooled at home has risen by more than 60 per cent in the past five years.
More than 80 per cent of education authorities reported hikes in the number of children being educated at home, according to the Freedom of Information (FoI) probe. Read more…

German Homeschoolers told to give up 5 other kids

German authorities who sent 15 uniformed police officers to take custody of a 15-year-old girl who committed the crime of being homeschooled now have suggested a solution that, in their minds, would “resolve” the situation: the parents should give up custody of their other five children.
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Homegrown Education Catching on in Canada

Having taken more than three decades to evolve, home-schooling is presently thriving in Canada.
From Victoria to St. John’s, parents across the country are increasingly choosing to conduct class at the kitchen table rather than have their children taught in a conventional school.
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UK Homeschooling numbers uncertain

Home-educated children do not have to follow the national curriculum
An attempt to find out how many children in England are being educated at home suggests the number might range between 7,400 and 34,400.
But the study, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills, concludes there is no accurate picture of the extent of home educating.
And it says the rules governing home education are “too vague”.
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UK Homeschooling ‘triples in eight years’

Soaring numbers of parents are teaching their children at home because they are not happy with the quality of state education, according to government research.
The study said at least 16,000 children in England are now educated at home – a threefold increase since 1999.
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Homeschooling draws many families

Home schooling has been the only choice for the Hankes family for a number of reasons.
It has allowed Christine Hankes and her husband to individualize their 17-year-old daughter Kaydee’s work to her learning style, allowed Kaydee to work at her own pace and brought the entire family together.
‘In a family atmosphere of learning, the whole family is involved. Everybody is learning, so the conversation around the dinner table enforces that knowledge,’ Christine Hankes said. Read more…

Homeschooled Vocabulary Champ

Don’t know what a word means?
‘L-I-U,’ said Anita Sena. ‘Look it up.’
That advice, given to her son, Kenton, has paid off.
Kenton, 16, is one of 50 national finalists who will compete March 5 for a $40,000 scholarship in the National Vocabulary Championship in New York City.
The competition will be aired on GSN (formerly Game Show Network) at 8 p.m. April 15. Read more…

Carnival #60: Presidential Trivia

Welcome to the 60th Carnival of Homeschooling! This week we’ll celebrate President’s Day by diving into our many post submissions and throwing in some Presidential trivia along the way.Read more…

Homeschooled may soon play on UT school teams

Students who are educated at home, or who attend private or charter schools, would be eligible to play on sports teams and participate in other extracurricular activities at regular public schools in the districts where they reside under a proposal that passed a final Senate vote Monday. Read more…

Halt mandatory ed, Montana lawmaker says

HELENA – A bill by the Legislature’s lone Constitution Party representative would abolish compulsory attendance for Montana’s children at public, private or home schools.
Rep. Rick Jore, of Ronan, told the House Education Committee Monday that current law, which mandates all children ages 7 to at least 16 attend some type of school, presupposes that the state has the final say in a child’s education.Read more…

Unschooling: It’s only natural

But unlike most kids his age, Richie has never taken a test and doesn’t go to school.
He is “unschooled” by his mom, Cindy Fox. Unschooling is a segment of the homeschooling population that doesn’t use a set curriculum, and instruction is driven by student interest. Parents of unschooled children describe the approach as the natural way to learn.
“Fish swim, birds fly, people learn,” Cindy Fox said. “Nobody teaches a child to walk, nobody teaches them to talk. They learn because they want to. Why do people think that stops when they turn 5 or 6?” Read more…