Homeschool Enrollment in North Carolina Surpasses Private School Enrollment

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:

And what if you’re in a city, such as Winston-Salem?  Yes, there’s a URL for that:

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.

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:

It can even be considered to be a primary right of a parent according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

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 ( 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.

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