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Public Schools Receive an “F” Among Parents and Community

An August Gallup poll reveals that more than half of Americans are dissatisfied with the public education system, with only 7 percent of parents of school-aged children believing that public schools provide an excellent education. Home schooling rated higher by the general public than public schools for quality, but private schools received the overall best ratings.

The poll reported that 78 percent of Americans said children in private schools received an excellent or good education. Parochial schools came next with a 69 percent rating, then came charter schools (60 percent), home schooling (46 percent) and public schools (37 percent).

Although 83 percent of parents polled said their oldest child attends public school, only 47 percent thought their child was receiving an excellent or good education. Among parents of K-12 students, the results were similar to the public at large, but they gave public schools a slightly higher rating than home schooling. Read the rest of this entry »



Should Home-Schooled Students Be Allowed to Play Sports at Public Schools?

two boys playing soccerPatrick Foss is a typical high school student. He plays soccer, has friends, and hopes to attend the University of Virginia after he graduates from high school. However, there is one difference between Foss and his neighbor, another young athlete who plays for his high school’s basketball team: Foss can’t play for a high school team because he is home-schooled.

“My parents pay the same exact taxes as my next-door neighbor who plays varsity sports,” Foss said. “I just want to be part of the community. You shouldn’t have to pick between athletics and academics.”

Foss says he would like to try out for the kicker position on Freedom High School’s football team. Sadly for Foss, that has not been an option in the past. However, a new bill is sitting before the House of Delegates in Virginia’s General Assembly that could change this fact. If it passes, this bill would be a victory for home-schooling advocates who want to allow their students more access to extracurricular activities at local public schools.

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Home Schooling is on the Rise in the U.S.

With the constant scrutiny that public schools are facing, there are a lot of concerns from parents. Many want to make sure their child or children have the best education possible, and a lot of public schools are not meeting the minimum state requirements. For those that cannot afford a private school education, home schooling has become a very attractive alternative.

According to CNN, the number of home schooled students has risen 74 percent since 1999. There have recently been some positive developments with schools improving their graduation rates and strengthening their curriculum. Some parents decided years ago to home school because of the public school curriculum lacking in certain areas and are sticking with it.

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Homeschooling and Dads

Houston Tucker is Director of Consumer Outreach for K12. A father of four, he and his wife have home educated their children for the past ten years and have used the K12 curriculum since it launched in 2001. Their oldest is a rising sophomore in the private, worldwide K12 International Academy and their other children are home educated with the K12 curriculum. You can find more blogs from Houston at the K12 Think Tank12 blog as well as other educational blogs from K12 experts.

father sonHarry Chapin’s 1974 hit “The Cat’s in the Cradle” can be a haunting song for all of us dads. The song is told in the first-person format about a father who is too busy to spend time with his son. As the son grows up he repeatedly asks for his father to pay him some attention but to no avail.

Then, as the song reaches its crescendo, we find out that when the son is all grown up, the father realizes that his son has turned out to be just like him.

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
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5 Benefits of Home Schooling

Home schooling is now easier than ever. With the internet, instructional DVDs and satellite TV, parents are finding more reasons to teach their children at home. Here’s a list of five benefits that home schooling has over private or public schools.home school

1. One-on-one teaching: Classrooms are often over crowded. Children sometimes get lost in their studies due to lack of attention from the teacher. With one-on-one teaching, parents can make sure their children are paying attention and understanding the curriculum.

2. Flexibility: Strengths and weaknesses vary from student to student, and it is impossible to accommodate for that variance. Home schooling allows children to spend more time on the subjects they struggle with and move on in subjects they are mastering. Read the rest of this entry »



Michael Jackson’s Children No Longer Homeschooled

michael jackson childrenSince their father’s death, a little over a year ago, Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, have said goodbye to their masks and veils and hello to more public appearances. In addition to Michael Jackson‘s memorial service, the children braved the crowd at the Grammys and, come this fall, they will attend a private school.

The children were homeschooled by private tutors in a classroom inside the family’s Encino estate ever since Jackson’s passing. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother and legal guardian of the children, has not identified the private school, but that she is ready for the children to branch out. Read the rest of this entry »



Top Online Home School Programs

Home SchoolDid you know that there are about 125,000 schools across America? And not included in that count are home school programs offered online.

Here is a list of some of the country’s most reputable home school programs:

1. Laurel Springs is an accredited private distance learning school that was established more than 25 years ago to provide resources for home school families. They also have tutoring programs and tailored curricula for families living abroad.

2. iQ Academy offers a standards-based curriculum backed by supportive teachers, guidance counselors, staff and a learning coach.

3. K12 offers an individualized approach emphasizing students mastery of core concepts while offering more than 700 subject lessons, online seminars, training sessions, a mentorship program and parental community forums. Read the rest of this entry »





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