05 February 2013

Homeschooling Continues To Grow & Prosper


Why? Because it works very well:

  • Its culture is inherently superior to public and/or private schools: “The environment includes safety, drugs, bullying, and the culture of public schools,” Lorrig said. “As long as safety in public schools is an issue, homeschooling will continue to grow.” 
  • Parents, by necessity, are more involved: " . . . parents who are involved in their kids’ lives enable and empower them to be all they can be. Having parents involved in their kids’ lives helps them to succeed both academically and socially, so that they can become people who will ultimately help to shape our culture and our future.” 
  • Its broader cultural influence is growing: "As an illustration of how homeschoolers are already impacting the nation, Lorrig points to current Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), considered to be one of the “rising stars” of the Republican Party, elected in 2010. Beutler is also the first homeschooled member of Congress in recent history."
  • Homeschoolers are actually more "socialized" than their counterparts in traditional settings:  "Lorrig challenges the myth that homeschooled children are not “socialized.” “The numbers indicate the opposite,” he states. “Homeschoolers are more likely to be involved in communities, churches, scouts, and politics. They tend to outperform public school children, even after school is officially over, when they are out living their lives.” (I've pointed this out before.)
  • The results are superior to public schools: "In the core studies of reading, language, and math, the average homeschooler scored at the 88th percentile, while the average public school student taking the same standardized tests scored at the 50th percentile." 
  • Of course, the elites, who have orchestrated an epic failure in public education now what to "regulate" homeschooling - you know, like a chicken giving flying lessons to an eagle. Makes perfect sense: “First, there is a desire to regulate it, and that is a concern,” he says. 
    “Some believe that homeschoolers need to be accountable, and that government needs to do the accounting.”(Yeah, they have a great track record, don't they?)

I must confess (and call it bragging if you like), it is quite gratifying to be involved in one of the most successful, cutting-edge, and grassroots movement in American history and one which is revolutionizing how children are educated in America. Not only did my wife and I homeschool 4 of our 6 children, but all but 2 of my 15 grandchildren either have been, or are currently being, homeschooled. It's also quite gratifying to watch elites in academia get their doors blown off by the "uncredentialed" and exposed in their desire to maintain a failing, antiquated method of *education. More here.

*As always, this is not a criticism of those teachers on the front lines who, every day, do the very best they can in their classrooms within a system that often creates more problems than it solves.  

And, just in case you wanted another reason to consider homeschooling, check this out:

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