Homeschooling Grows with the Internet

The rise in popularity of home schooling roughly coincides with the rise of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

Home school families will tell you that one of the major problems with teaching children at home is the feeling of isolation. Whether it’s a real or imagined fear, the Internet, with its abundant sources of information and the ability of users to communicate with each other has allayed many concerns among parents who’ve decided to teach their children at home.

As a result, the Web now has many sites aimed at home schoolers, where they can gather for support and information. The sites also attract parents curious about home schooling. Read more…

Full days, expanding horizons

The Bearchell family is only one of the thousands in Flagstaff that home school their children, rather than sending them to public, private or charter schools.

Their home school adventure started nearly 17 years ago when Jennifer and Craig Bearchell read some books about home schooling and thought it “sounded wonderful.”

At the time their oldest daughter was only 1 year old. Now she’s a freshman at Northern Arizona University, the first of six children to enter into public education. Read more…

Blacks add to growing number of home-schooled students

Gilbert and Gloria Wilkerson have home-schooled their children for 13 years.

But when they attended home-schooling conferences in the past, they noticed something unusual.

“There would be one other black family in a group of about 4,000 people,” Gilbert said. “My kids would say, ‘Where are the black home-schooled kids?'” Read more…

Children flee homeschool cop

When the doorbell rings at the Channell residence in Spring Valley, Ill., 10-year-old Aaron and 11-year-old Christopher run for cover.

The homeschooled boys have been on edge, says their father Roger, since a truant officer came to the family’s front door Oct. 3 and warned, “I could have your children taken away.” Read more…

Home school monitoring effort raises concerns over regulations

A recent effort to monitor a half-dozen central Illinois home schools has raised the murky issue of whether authorities have any control over parents who choose to teach their kids.

Bruce Dennison, regional superintendent of schools for Bureau, Stark and Henry counties, is seeking information from six home schools to ensure they are providing a proper education. Read more…

Homeschooling mom loves job

Mary Hudzinski of Waynesboro started home schooling approximately 17 years ago in order to have a greater hand in the character development of her kids.

�I sent my daughter to private school. She was in kindergarten,� she says. �We didn�t watch TV. On Monday mornings my daughter would have a temper tantrum because she didn�t get to watch Saturday morning cartoons.�

The children at the school talked about cartoons on the playground, her daughter told her.

Tired of the tantrums, Hudzinski decided to start home schooling. Read more…

Bureau’s actions bother dozens of home-schoolers

SPRING VALLEY, IL – At least 24 home-schooling families in Bureau, Stark and Henry counties say their teaching methods have been questioned and they have been threatened with losing custody of their children.

Home-school advocates say that beginning in October, Bruce Dennison, regional superintendent of schools of the three-county area, sent a truancy officer, accompanied at least twice by police officers, to the residences of home-schoolers. They demanded proof of attendance and compliance with a curriculum that corresponds with public school policy. Read more…

Homeschoolers on a battlefield

PA – A bill that pits public school administrators against home schooling families was tabled earlier this month by the Pennsylvania House Education Committee, but efforts to give parents of the state�s approximately 24,000 homeschooled students more freedom in the education of their children will continue. Read more…

School Patrol – Homeschooling

Dozens of families who homeschool their children in the High Desert say they’ve received letters from their school district telling them that homeschooling is not legal anymore. Those families wouldn’t go on camera because they’re afraid of the consequences.

It all stems from confusing information posted on the California Department of Education website. Information one valley family says is being used to scare people but isn’t true. Read more…

Patrick Henry College receives initial AALE accreditation

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (BP)–Patrick Henry College, founded in 2000 with a strong homeschool student base, has received initial accreditation from the American Academy for Liberal Education.

The AALE had denied the college accreditation last April because the academy determined that the school failed to meet the definition of liberal education, which includes standards on “liberty of thought and freedom of speech,” because of its views on creationism. The academy wanted creation to be taught in religion classes instead of science classes at the school. Read more…

Accountability lacking for home-schooled students

Home-school programs have little state supervision, but the home-taught student must make the grade to get into college.

Rapides Parish school officials claim many home-schooled students, especially at the high school level, are not up to par academically, but ACT scores indicate college-bound home-school students score big on college entrance exams.

That’s what counts, the colleges say. Read more…

Homeschoolers are sending signatures on the Endeavour

For some local students, learning has been out of this world.

Westmoreland Enrichment Classes, a homeschool group of more than 40 families across Westmoreland and parts of Allegheny counties, was one of this year’s schools selected to participate in NASA’s Signatures in Space program. Read more…

Homeschoolers get knock on door from police

A public school superintendent has sent police in squad cars to the houses of homeschooling families to deliver his demand that they appear for a “pre-trial hearing” to prove they are in compliance with the law.

Bruce Dennison, regional superintendent of schools in Bureau, Stark, and Henry counties in Northeastern Illinois, has contacted more than 22 families, insisting that they need his approval to conduct education at home. Read more…

Homeschooling catches on in Oregon

It’s 8 a.m. in the Unruh home and it’s time to get ready for school. Evan, a second-grader, and Dean, who is just starting kindergarten, head for the classroom. It’s a short walk.

The brothers don’t attend a local elementary school but take classes in their own home, with their mother, Kathryn, as their teacher. Read more…

Home-schooled children get one-on-one, nonstop education

She calls to her children: “OK, Sam and Isaac, each of you get a kitchen chair and bring it over here. Savannah, bring your pink plastic chair.” The trio, ages 8, 4 and 2, dutifully plop into their seats, listening to the Book of Matthew and refraining from any horseplay until a kitchen microwave timer ticks off 15 minutes. Read more…

Black families boost ranks of home-schoolers

The living room of Sonya Wright’s East End home looks as if it were plucked out of a public school.

Flanked by two computers and shelves laden with books and art supplies, Wright’s son, niece and nephews are studying the poetry of Langston Hughes. They sit in wooden desks brightly spray-painted in hues of gold, green, red and blue.

The children wear a uniform of blue jeans and red shirt with “Home School 2002” embroidered on the pocket. Read more…

Why Christians don’t belong in government schools – Part 3

In this final part of a three-day series, WND’s Vice President and Managing Editor David Kupelian offers a penetrating and personal look at the homeschooling revolution � and why it may represent the last, best hope for preserving America as a free, independent nation.

“Why Christians don’t belong in government schools” is excerpted from the November issue of WND’s Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE FLIGHT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS.” Read more…

HOMESCHOOLERS UNITE!

Letters to the Editor form the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Re: Joan Ryan’s Nov. 7 column, “Homeschooling must meet a standard of education.” Read more…

Homeschool family takes a ‘field trip’ to California

It’s the middle of September and the Schwarz family is on their way to California. Mark and Barbie, along with their daughters Amy and Emily, are enjoying the stops and learning experiences. It’s part of the girls’ education process.

“That’s what you can do if you homeschool,” Barbie said. “You get the whole family involved, and if you go on a trip, you can stop and see things related to what you’re studying or will be studying.” Read more…

Second career: Professional women take on home schooling

Dr. Susan Coss left a fulfilling medical practice to become a teacher. So did Colleen Parker, a registered nurse, and Diane McAndrew, who was a vice president at Fitness Quest.

All three women, who happen to live on the same street, left their busy careers to home school their children. Read more…