Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review of Homeschooling in America

My own children were home schooled for a few years before they started attending private Christian schools. Homeschooling is hard work and very challenging; certainly it's not an undertaking that will suit every family. But don't discount it if you are looking for alternatives to the public school system, which is replete with shortcomings.

However, after I became a Catholic (almost ten years ago) I began to discover the wisdom of Catholic education and schooling. Unfortunately Catholic education hasn't been "Catholic" in North America for many many decades. Perhaps because of that fact, partly, Catholic homeschooling is becoming very popular.

Returning to the article in question:

I’m tempted to compare homeschooling to a YouTube video gone viral. Defying regulation, thwarting would-be competitors, and multiplying without official sanction, homeschooling just keeps popping up in more homes. Over the past three decades, the number of homeschooled children has grown by at least 7 percent a year—the number may now exceed the number attending charter schools—and between 6 and 12 percent of all students are educated at home at some point between kindergarten and twelfth grade. See it; like it; forward it to a friend.

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