Homeschooling Increases in US
A study conducted in 2015 by the National Center for Education Statistics, concluded that between 2003-2012, the percentage of homeschooled students in the U.S. rose by over 60% from 2.2% to 3.4%. Part of the renewed interest in homeschooling comes from parents concerned about the quality of education their children are receiving in public schools. Some parents expressed contempt for the Common Core Curriculum and the deliberate “dumbing down” of today’s students. With God increasingly being removed from public schools in the United States, others are concerned that subjecting their children to this curriculum will cause them to turn away from their faith.
While some parents still feel more comfortable sending their children to a traditional “bricks and mortar” school, homeschooling is definitely seeing an upward trend. There are currently about 1.7 million homeschooled students in the U.S; up from roughly 1 million over a decade ago.
There are other options as well. Megachurch Pastor John Hagee pioneered a school that offers a 100% online education for students in grades 3-12. Cornerstone Christian Academy is based in San Antonio, Texas, but students can access the curriculum from anywhere they have an internet connection. Online education is cost effective as well. CCS Academy Principal Gail Marten said it’s “less than half the cost of private schools.”
Critics are concerned about child socialization and academic performance. Advocates say taking field trips, participating in church activities and enrolling in extracurricular activities such as music and sports will provide social interaction.
As for academic performance, statistics show homeschooled students perform better than their peers on standardized testing, according to the National Home Education Research Institute.
On this Teacher’s Day 2016, it’s time to reflect on this new trend. We must ask ourselves this question: what’s best for our children?
For more information and additional resources, visit New York based Homeschooling organization “Loving Education at Home” at www.leah.org
Parents concerned about their legal rights can join the Home School Legal Defense Association at http://www.hslda.org.
Cornerstone Christian Academy http://www.ccsonlinecampus.org/