We are nearing the time of the year when we begin to get phone calls from reporters doing stories on home schooling. In fact, yesterday I received such a call from a reporter who told me that her newspaper had been getting lots of comments on their website about the problems with the local school district and that they would be home schooling their children instead of sending them back to the school in August.
Last weekend I viewed the documentary “IndoctriNation,” which chronicles the many problems with the public school system from a historical, philosophical, and Christian viewpoint. As I spoke on home schooling and the law in Texas last weekend, I met parents who, for a variety of reasons, have decided to teach their children at home. A great many have chosen to do so because they want to pass on their Christian faith and values to their children as they are educated.
A recent news article from Maryland documents the increasing number of parents who are concerned about their children’s safety with the “epidemic” of bullying in the public schools. “David Wright, CEO of DoersTV.com said, ‘From the interviews we have done with parents, I would not be surprised to see homeschooling accelerate tremendously within the next few years.’”
Home schoolers continue to demonstrate by results that home education is an extremely viable educational alternative. Last week the Mineola Monitor reported that home school graduate Jedidiah Allen, who graduated in 2007 at the age of 14, has graduated cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University on May 12 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army the day before. He has also been accepted into the University of Texas School of Dentistry and will begin classes in the fall.
Another story describes the competition for the 14 positions on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and how many of America’s elite divers who will compete are home schooled or were home schooled, giving them the flexibility to pursue their Olympic dreams. The article lists five home school divers, including Anna James of Midland, Texas, who although she is only 15 is already a member of the U.S. National Team.
In spite of the arguments that were made many years ago and still persist in some circles today that parents are not qualified to teach their children, home schoolers are doing very well.