Home Schoolers Are Challenging the Education Monopoly

Nathan tabor outlines the reasons so many in the education establishment are interested in regulating or erradicating homeschooling. We make it obvious that their system is not working.

It is a fundamental tenet of capitalism that free market competition is good for the people and the country. That�s why Congress wisely enacted anti-trust legislation a century or so ago � to prevent big, powerful monopolies from eliminating their competition by stifling the little guy.

But today Americans are threatened by a government-sponsored and taxpayer-funded monopoly, one that is potentially more powerful and dangerous than the old Standard Oil and Carnegie Steel operations. Like a giant octopus with long, deadly tentacles, the socialistic �Official Public Education Trust� has established a virtual stranglehold on the impressionable minds of our nation�s youth. Read more…

How can those homeschoolers get away with this?

This editorial writer seems appalled that learning is taking place without state oversight! His argument seems to be that homeschoolers should be equally disadvantaged by the same bureaucratic demands put on public schools.

More than a million Indiana students will return to the state�s K-12 schools this month and next. But how many will be schooled at home? An Indiana University researcher believes it probably is far more than the 22,000 reported by the Indiana Department of Education, and lax state requirements for reporting enrollment suggest he�s probably right.

If the state doesn�t know how many home-schooled students there are, how does it know how they are doing? Read more…

Parents offer real world education

Another collection of homeschooling myths “busted.” I like the headline.

Before her daughter could even say the word ‘education,’ Deborah Grigalunas knew she would be home schooling her children.

Twenty years ago when Grigalunas read a magazine article on home schooling, the practice was an anomaly; home schooling wasn’t even legal in Pennsylvania until 1988.

‘I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,’ Grigalunas said. ‘But my family wasn’t supportive, and my friends raised the issue of socialization.’ Read more…

Homeschooled quintuplets plus one

What a beautiful family!

Kent and Nancy Olson Miller avoid drawing attention to the fact that five of their children share the same birthday.

It’s sometimes unavoidable, for instance, on their real birthday, which they recently celebrated in Knoxville at the home of their grandparents Art and Betty Olson. The Olsons live at Lyons Bend and Duncan roads on the Riverbend Peninsula in West Knoxville.

Ellie, Emery, Grace, Maggie and Martin Miller, now 7, were all born July 7, 1998, the first surviving set of quintuplets born in the state of North Carolina and one of very few nationally to survive without any physical or mental handicaps. Read more…

A calculating mind

It’s really amazing what this kid can do. He also happens to be homeschooled and has Asperger’s syndrome.

If cars represented mathematical ability, Bobby Jacobs would whiz by too fast to determine his make and model.

The 11-year-old weaves in and out of labyrinthine logic problems with the dexterity of a speedway champion. He rattles off prime numbers as if singing the lyrics to his favorite song on a Sunday drive.

It’s nothing for this lanky boy, who wears his favorite prime numbers — 2477 and 5113 are two of them — on his chest and never uses scratch paper, to crunch behemoth 18-digit numbers at a glance. Read more…

Wisconsin District opens to home-schoolers

Beware of relying on state funded resources. There are bound to be strings attached. last year Canadian homeschoolers involved with a state program were told they could not supplement their childrens education with religious texts.

BARABOO – The Baraboo schools must reach out to serve parents who educate children at home, the district administrator says, and in doing so will gain greater enrollment that will help all students.

A recent district survey of home-schooling parents indicated many would be interested in resources the school could provide, District Administrator Lance Alwin said. Read more…

Student Ministry with Home Schoolers

Some insight into the special requirements of a ministry to homeschool students.

Churches are increasingly faced with providing meaningful ministry to those students who are home schooled. According to estimates from the National Center for Educational Statistics, about 1.1 million students, or 2.2 percent of school-age children, were homeschooled in 2004.

Home schooled students are an eclectic bunch. They are gifted students, teenager mothers, Olympic hopefuls, children with special needs – even people with peanut allergies. They are predominantly Christian. They are children who fell through the cracks in public schools or who move around a lot in military families. They are children whose parents are worried about violence or bullying in the schools, want to instill certain religious or moral values in their children, get into fights with school districts, or can’t or don’t want to spend the money for private schools. Read more…

Homeschoolers represent lost cash

Did this administrator just say that out loud? I suppose the converse is also true. Public school students represent cash to administrators.

When Madison Schools Assistant Superintendent Daryl Stumph saw that the district has the highest percentage of home-schoolers in the county, he saw an opportunity.

‘We crunched the numbers and we said, well, why is that number so high, and we also said that we need to communicate with these parents,’ he said.

Why?

Because every home-schooled student represents $5,000 in lost revenue. Read more…

Wisconsin home-school enrollment declines

With only one year of decline, it’s not possible to call this a trend. This isn’t really news yet.

MADISON, Wis. � The number of Wisconsin students schooled at home has declined during the last two school years after rising for nearly two decades, the state Department of Public Instruction says.

The agency said the 20,741 students home schooled in 2004-05 was much higher than the 966 recorded in 1984-85 but was down 547 students or 2.6 percent from the peak in 2002-03. Read more…

Texas parents form home school group

This article includes a discussion on the motivations and technicalities of homeschooling. Worth a read, especially if you are new to homeschooling.

ALTO – Gathered around a table in the back room of the Stella Hill Memorial Library, Bethany and John Allums, 9 and 10 years old, are learning how to build a hygrometer with a strand of human hair.

But the instructor for this science lesson – one of many lessons that occur year round – is their mother, Lisa Allums. Three other children, whose parents also educate them at home, are also learning about the method to measure humidity. Read more…

Not the usual reasons to homeschool

Christopher Smith has an amusing piece in theleafchronicle.com. Many (but not all) of his reasons anyone could identify with.

This month, homeschooling parents all over Tennessee have to pay homage to big Mother Government and justify their decision to educate their own children.

I guess I don’t mind homeschooler registration. It probably keeps a few loonies from hiring out their kids as window washers instead of educating them.

And this sort of thing just comes with the territory. Any time you step outside the norm you have to accept that you’ve got some explaining to do � to your family, your friends, your co-workers and that clerk at the grocery store who has an opinion on everything except the price of tea on Aisle 5. Read more…

Homeschooled Artist on the Rise

Homeschooling can be a means to concentrate on a passion for some students. This kid was motivated.
Wade Ritchey of Dennis decided to home school himself when he was 15, so he would have more time to explore his passion for art. At 16, his paintings were exhibited in a SoHo gallery in New York. ‘I got very lucky,’ says the tall, bearded teen sitting in the unheated garage his father converted into a studio for him. Ritchey walked in off the street, showed his portfolio and was accepted. He even sold a few pieces. Ritchey exhibited his work at Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and got a kick out of going in to do his banking and seeing his work on the walls. When he had an exhibit at his father’s offices, a docent saw the show, and it led to an interview with the curator of the Geyer Barn in Hyannis. With a show opening there this week, his star is on the rise. Read more…

Generalizing about Homeschooling a Mistake

Kyle Williams’ latest column points to the diversity of homeschooling and warns against generalization, pro or con.

Within the convention and circles of the Southern Baptist denomination, there is an ongoing debate over the moral legitimacy of sending children to public schools.

Many leaders in the denomination look to homeschooling as the solution to the problems of backsliding and a means to raise a generation of churchgoers who exhibit integrity, not to mention a high educational standard. On the other side, you find people who are filled more with fear than hope when they hear about homeschooling, schools like Patrick Henry College, and the increasingly popular theology of isolationism within evangelical circles � especially since a very high percentage of these homeschoolers vote Republican. Read more…

Homeschooling partly blamed for drop in one schools enrollment

Only 3% of this district’s students are homeschooled but that is too much for this superintendent. The administrator cites some districts have 10% homeschooled.
Arkadelphia School District superintendent Dr. Tony Prothro told the Arkadelphia School Board on Tuesday that the district lost 39 students during the 2004-2005 school year. That brought the district’s enrollment down to 2,192 — the first time enrollment has fallen below 2,200 students in recent years. Read more…

Homeschool Group Picks Up Litter, Educates Kids About Rivers

What do you do with 300 lbs. of trash? Why, make puppets of course.

A cleaner river, 300 pounds of material to make puppets with and an increased awareness about the problem of watershed litter � those are just some of the products of an effort by several area homeschool families.

Friends School, a local cooperative homeschool group, is encouraging children to take an active role in keeping local rivers and streams clean by promoting a variety of events this summer. Read more…

Clearing Up the Myths

Another article contrasting homeschooling and public school. From the Austin Daily Herald.
Carolyn Miller said, ‘I think most moms are teachers. They’re the same.’
She’s a homeschool teacher-parent. Her husband, Stan, a clinical psychologist, is the ‘principal’ of the Miller family’s homeschool.
Residents of Austin since 1999, the Miller family’s three children have been homeschooled all their lives. Read more…

Why I Chose to Homeschool My Children

A Homeschoolbuzz reader sent us this link to a short piece on homeschooling.
I first had an interest in homeschooling as a way to help my son out. He just hated school and did not do well at all. The older he got, the more he started skipping school and not even putting forth any sort of effort. I got busy in December of 1998 and found out all the information that I could. I called the local support group and paid for their packet of information. I checked out 4 or 5 books on homeschooling from the public library as well. I also called some other homeschool families for advice. Read more…

Public, Private, Homeschool Compared

This story describes a day in the life for each of the three types of education choices.

Parents in Johnson County say they mostly want the same things for their kids when it comes to education.

They want a curriculum that matches their interests and needs; friends that teach them about life outside of the classroom; a wide range of experiences in arts, academics and other clubs and activities; and caring adults who help their children navigate life. These are all important factors when thinking about a child�s education. Read more…

Comments are on

You can now leave comments on Homeschoolbuzz related to the news stories. I’m not sure how that is going to work out but we are trying it for now. Read more…

Homeschooling at a glance

Statistics about homeschooling.

In the spring of 2003, about 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent of all students, were homeschooled in the United States, an increase from 850,000 in 1999. Read more…