This is pretty amazing and encouraging news. I think this is important enough to make its own little blurb here. One amazing statement is that home school kids may soon outnumber public school enrollment. There is hope!
Spencer Mason, president of North Carolinians for Home Education, said officials expect the number of home school students to keep rising as parents opt for tailor-made learning environments.
Mason said he believes the increase in home schooling enrollment has been influenced by word of mouth, safety concerns, dissatisfaction with public schools and religious beliefs.
“I think we are going to in the next couple of years, if not next year, surpass the number of students in private schools,” Mason said. “Folks are starting to realize what a valuable alternative (home schooling) can be.”
Here is another very important source of information for home schoolers. It is the National Home Education Research Institute. The institute serves as a clearinghouse for home education information as well as producing and publishing it’s own research. The following information is from it’s home page…
Whether called homeschooling, home schooling, home-based education, home education, home-schooling, unschooling, deschooling, or a form of alternative education, the movement is growing and the National Home Education Research Institute is tracking and analyzing it, internationally. NHERI’s forte is in the realm of research, statistics, technical reports, data, facts, demographics, the academic world, consulting, academic achievement tests, and expert witness (in courts and legislatures) while serving people ranging from researchers and policy makers to professional educators, teachers, homeschoolers (home schoolers), and parents in general to the media, marketing consultants, and the general public. Simply put, NHERI is a key international leader specializing in homeschool research (i.e., home-education research).
NHERI was founded by its president Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., who has been the editor of the refereed academic journal Home School Researcher since 1985.
NHERI is another one of the vital web resources for those who are interested in home education of any type.