Common Core Raising Homeschool Population

Home education is being discovered in a new wave of families stepping out of the public school testing grind.  Despite the author’s assumption homeschooling was the “sole province of the very religious” – the hippified, less hippified, religious, “very religious” and the many with lifestyles weaving in and out of the above labels also fit the homeschool description.

From Syracuse, New York:

As testing regulations increase, more and more parents choose to homeschool their children By Sarah Hall

As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling.

Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.

The Syracuse Parent also pointed out an extension of attachment parenting is a homeschooling life.  New York created some grassroots opposition to the Common Core initiative.

In Alabama, from WHNT

Common Core Controversy: Parents Opt For Homeschooling Route - WHNT

Common Core Controversy: Parents Opt For Homeschooling Route – WHNT

 

Families are leaving the school system and so are teachers. Our tax money at work doesn’t seem to be working well for many of the kids. From a former public school teacher on WHNT:

Wooten taught chemistry and biology in both the Huntsville and Decatur City School systems before accepting her current role as a teacher in a local homeschooling association. She told us the dilemma of what to do grew while undergoing Common Core training last year, and said she became painfully aware that the program ignores fundamental differences in learning styles and behaviors.
“I felt that the needs of the student, whether it’s their socio-economic situation, whether or not they’re dealing with a learning disability, or just a child that’s very artistic and not a math genius, they’re not being considered.”

It’s wonderful so many families are discovering the joys of homeschooling. At the same time, bureaucracy moves slow, but it will be moving towards free learners sooner or later. The new homeschooling families can also watch with others to be sure we have keep our independence. Advocates get inspired when people start messin’ with their kids.


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