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Reporting from the homeschool

In Ideas on August 30, 2013 at 8:37 am

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Having matriculated through public schools (and distinguished myself in not much), I haven’t given much thought to homeschooling. Homeschooling may have once been a decision most often born of religious zeal, but that isn’t necessarily the case now. The National Center for Education Statistics says 1.5 million American kids were homeschooled in 2007, and that the number had almost doubled in eight years. Today, there are many reasons why families choose to learn at home.

How often do these readers make it into your newspaper? Here are some ideas:

  • Report about the ways homeschoolers intersect with the public schools in your area. Many students attend “regular” schools for specific classes or for extracurricular activities. How does that work? How successful are such blended programs from the perspective of homeschooled families?
  • How well prepared are homeschooled students for the world beyond? I can envision a wonderful package with art from nontraditional classrooms, mugs of students and family teachers, sidebars with college administrators. It could be really good. …
  • How much does it cost? Are there resources – supply stores, parent organizations, etc. – operating in your neighborhood?

School’s back in session in most parts of the country. Are you giving short shrift to a segment of these back-to-schoolers?

Clay

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