Home schools are booming in N.C.

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Lost amid the high-volume discussions of private school vouchers, charter schools and Common Core, home schools are a hidden giant in North Carolina, one that demands more attention from legislators and educators.

As other newspapers have reported this week, the number of children enrolled in home schools in North Carolina has doubled during the past 10 years. Today, there are more students enrolled in home schools than there are in private schools statewide.

Nash County had 968 students enrolled in 600 home schools in the 2013-14 school year. Edgecombe County had 343 students enrolled in 215 such schools.

Statewide, there were 98,172 students enrolled in 60,950 home schools in 2013-14, according to statistics provided by the Office of Non-Public Education in North Carolina.

Parents often cite overcrowded conditions of public school classrooms and the high cost of private schools as reasons to educate their children at home. Kids with special needs can receive special attention, and a curriculum can include regular outings to places such as the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount or the plethora of museums in Raleigh.

But the growing trend affects public education funding in ways that should further concern educators already worried about losing money to charter schools and, more recently, private school vouchers. As student populations decline in a school system, so does the amount of money the state allocates to that system.

Home school advocates, understandably, want to protect their turf. But considering their growin numbers, North Carolina educators and legislators would be short-sighted if they didn’t begin discussing the impact of this growing trend.

Better to start talking about the ramfications of the growing home school phenomenon now than wait until later.

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No Fan of Home Schooling!!!!!!!!!!..................

After over 40 years of management and supervising in two different career fields I am no fan of home schooling!!!

A given fact is that home schooled individuals have a better ACADEMIC education than attendees of the public school system.

Also a given fact is that home schooled individual’s academic education is equivalent to or at a lower standard than the academic education of private school attendees!!!

Where the problem develops in home schooled individuals is in the social skills arena. Home schooled individuals lack social skills!!! Home schooled individuals do great in positions where they do not have to interact with other individuals. Home schooled individuals probably do alright in situations where they are interacting with other home schooled individuals but when interacting with individuals who are not from a home schooled environment they become problem employees!!!

In supervising and managing thousands of individuals I found that 9 out of 10 home schooled individuals were problem individuals in an environment where they had to interact with other people. Put a home schooled individual in a corner give them a project that they did not have to interact with others and they would produce good results. BUT put them in an environment where they had to interact with other they then become a problem and a disruption to the organization!!!

I have no problem with home schooling for K-6. BUT after 6th grade the home schooler should be mainstreamed into either a private institution or a public school. The best overall education for a home schooler would be mainstreamed into a private school or a charter school because our public school systems are FAILING all who go there!!!

Homeschools booming in Nash County

As a long time homeschooling family in Nash County, we were somewhat perplexed by the Telegraph's editorial on homeschools. You are advocating greater attention by educators and legislators toward homeschooling. We agree that educators can learn much from any successful education methodology, no matter what setting it occurs in (public, private, or homeschool). Are you aware that local community colleges and the North Carolina state university system recognizes the skills of Nash County homeschoolers and strongly support their college educations? It appears that your primary concern is decreased funding on a per student basis for public schools as a result of homeschools. Your opinion mentions nothing about quality of education provided to any students(public, private, or homeschool) in North Carolina. Perhaps the Telegraph staff should instead further investigate why 968 students in Nash County are now homeschooling? The answers might be rather revealing.

The Answer to Overcrowding and Funding

As thousands of students leave public schools for private schools and home schools. Theoretically public school class sizes should decrease and funding increase per student since the funds for all of these private schooled/homeschooled children remains in the public system.

The fact that class sizes continue to increase and funding is strapped, reveals the truth of the problem. The public system is creating it's own problems by failure to provide good schools and allocating the funding abandoned by the students who have left the system.

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