By Tony Perkins
Home is where the heart is, but in the latest homeschooling boom, it’s also where the classroom is. More families are angry about what their kids are learning — and they’re pulling their kids out of public school to prove it. In a recent story from the New York Times, reporters are stunned by the mass exodus of children from traditional education settings. Like most stories, this one focuses on the rapid growth of the homeschooling movement — up from 1.5 million to 1.8 million in just five years. And based on the crackdown on religion, out-of-control sex ed, and genderless chaos, who can blame them?
As the Times points out, religious families aren’t the only ones making the jump. Outrage over Common Core and other testing frustrations are driving parents of all backgrounds to pull their children from public classrooms. Virginia, New York, California, and South Carolina are all experiencing huge leaps in homeschooling. In North Carolina, the number of kids in home schools is actually growing faster than private school enrollment — climbing 14% over the last year. At least at home, parents can take back the control that schools are stealing from them!
Of course, not everyone is happy about the shift — least of all Big Government bureaucrats, who are worried they’re losing their grip on students. Not surprisingly, a common theme of the Times piece was the lack of regulation on homeschoolers, which is already becoming a rallying point of liberals. “Here we are loosening standards for a subset of students while at the same time giving them the same credentials as other students,” complained one public school advocate. Clearly, parents and state legislators need to be on their toes in the coming months as liberals will no doubt try to fight back with tighter restrictions and more regulations on homeschoolers in an effort to protect government schooling.
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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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