Nationwide, 1.5 million schoolchildren are acquiring their own kind of kitchen table wisdom. Federal data show a record number of American children have joined the ranks of the homeschooled, foregoing bus rides and backpacks for an unencumbered amble down the stairs.
As they study English literature and math algorithms at the kitchen table, these children are proof positive of the richness of educational freedom. The latest numbers — from spring 2007 — were published this June in the U.S. Department of Educations annual report, The Condition of Education. The data reveal a marked shift in the way American children are educated: between 1999 and 2007, homeschooled students nearly doubled in number.
In North Carolina, homeschooling has grown even faster. State figures show the number of homeschooled students more than tripled between 1999 and 2007-08. Continue reading