I’m sort of loathe to pit educational alternatives against one another because I think variety and options are great.
That said, there’s a great article over at The Washington Post that merits a read:
Pop quiz! Cover the next paragraph, which has the answer. The question: What other fast-growing education alternative also now enrolls more than 2 million students? This alternative seems just as important as charter schools, but education experts rarely discuss it and researchers pass it by.
Give up? It’s home-schooling. The decision by so many parents to remove their children from local schools and teach them at home raises many issues, but we know little about it. Home-schoolers are beyond the reach of school district data collectors and federally required exams. They are scattered around the country, rather than clumped together in a big-city districts like charter school families.
In the District, Virginia and Maryland home-schoolers outnumber charter-schoolers about 90,000 to 46,000. [Read more]
The article goes on to talk about how homeschooling is operating off the radar of most researchers.
Funny, but I wrote that very phenomenon last week in a chapter of my forthcoming book. And I struggled to find recent data for my DailyYonder.com story last month.
Are we on the verge of homeschooling breaking into the mainstream media’s awareness?
We homeschoolers were represented in the October issue of The Atlantic, too.
• Jobs for Homeschool Parents are Diverse, Eclectic – A little taste of my book that shows the diversity of the parents who homeschool.
• Be on the lookout for a guest post here SOON from Inga over at San Antonio Charter Moms.