Last year, it was reported that North Carolina had more home-schooled students than students in private schools (which also includes faith-based schools). Visit this link to read the article.
That got us thinking…what is making this change possible? Effective change requires five things:
1) A frustration with the status quo;
2) An idea to improve or transform the current situation;
3) Resources to support the idea;
4) Resolution to bring the idea into reality; and
5) Successes which engage others exponentially.
Certainly home schooling is an idea that has been accepted as a viable alternative to the status quo. Are the resources available? We searched for “homeschoolinginnorthcarolina,” and, interestingly, there’s a Web site with that exact domain name: http://www.homeschoolinginnorthcarolina.com/
And what if you’re in a city, such as Winston-Salem? Yes, there’s a URL for that: http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com/groups_activities_local.asp?city=Winston-Salem&st=NC&miles=40&zip=27102&action=Search
All educational entities form a “community” unto themselves to provide support. The typical school has a community of teachers that support one another and receive training to further their professional development, while almost every school has either a parent-teacher organization or parent booster organization so permit parents to interact with teachers and provide support for the activities of the school. Does such a structure exist in home schooling, one which continues to engage parents while simultaneously providing them support? Affirmative. http://www.homeschool.com/articles/top100_2015/
With all these resources brought about by technology, the abundance of parents with college degrees, a growing frustration in the parent community with the perceived lack of influence they have on their children’s education, and today’s young parents familiarity and comfort level with technology and “connected-ness,” the home schooling trend is a growing one: http://www.educationnews.org/parenting/number-of-homeschoolers-growing-nationwide/
It can even be considered to be a primary right of a parent according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/catholic-contributions/home-schooling-in-canon-law.html
So, is it all worth it? Is home schooling doing a “better job” at achieving academic success in a student? Does it assist them in their learning to be able to create community when their formal home-schooled experience is over? While traditional public school supporters say no, and home schooling organizations say yes, there is independent evidence (http://www.livestrong.com/article/178461-homeschooling-effects-on-children/) as well as the personal experience of home schoolers whose children enter the colleges of their choice and are succeeding. These point to the conclusion that home schooling is a viable option.
And viable options are what parents today want.