08 June 2013

Homeschooling Is Exploding

With the daily barrage of absolute lunacy going on in public schools - from a child being expelled for chewing his pop tart into the shape of a gun, to schools scanning the iris's of students eyes without the knowledge of their parents - Americans are voting with their feet.
. . . the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year. As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.
Just as amazing is the cost efficiency of homeschooling:
Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.
As is the case 99% of the time, local control with less bureaucracy and centralization produces a far better result than does centralized power - and you can't get any more "local" and less bureaucratic than parents teaching their own children.

The homeschooling movement is truly one of the most revolutionary, grassroots, successful, and innovative things taking place in American education today. I am so very privileged to be a part of it. Virginia is one of the friendliest homeschooling states when it comes to legalities. And all of this is being done without the elitist "experts" in academia - in fact, it is being done in spite of their desire to shut it down, or at least control it. More here.


ropelight said...

At this point in our nation's decline, I'm not sure the American public education system can be fixed, but if it's possible the first steps include eliminating the teacher's unions and the federal government from participation in any capacity and at every level, and returning control to local school boards accountable to district voters. And, that's just for starters.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I agree. Yet it is tremendously gratifying to know that parents f(many with little or no background in "education"), are not only teaching their children at home, but doing so much more successfully than the so-called experts are and doing so at a fraction of the cost.

Lindsay said...

Yes! So glad to hear that this happening more and more...I only wish financially we could do this, although being a public school teacher of US History I like knowing I am doing my part to help truly educate students about the history of this great nation...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Lindsay - as I've told you before, I'm very glad there are still teachers like you out there. My love of history and our nation was encouraged by 2 of my public school teachers in 4th and 7th grade.