Homeschool in the news!
Illinois lawmakers have yet to pass a school funding formula….
If a school funding formula is not in place by August 10, school districts throughout Illinois will not receive this year’s state funding.
The lack of funding for schools has led to many parents looking for alternative forms of education, one of those being homeschooling,
This article seems like it would be written about the growth of homeschooling in Illinois. The title says there’s a spike in enrollment, right?
However, the article spends the first three paragraphs describing how the Illinois lawmakers have not yet passed a school funding formula. The above quotes seem pretty clear that the point of the article was to say that the lack of school funding is leading parents to homeschool.
Only after describing the public school funding mess does the article then go on to quote some homeschool sources. Interestingly, the homeschool sources describe really different and varied reasons for homeschooling. They don’t seem like public school funding was a big concern for homeschoolers:
“I know there’s probably some frustration with people out there not knowing the state of what’s going on. However, most of the parents that come to me are ready for a change for a variety of reasons,” said Fitch.
Other homeschool sources in the article say that parents are turning to homeschooling because it provides a better education than public school, and that parents are sick of the “public school agenda.”
I find it interesting that news articles in general often seem to avoid portraying homeschool in a positive light. When parents are clearly saying that homeschool provides a superior education, and other homeschool sources are saying that reasons for homeschooling vary widely, why then does the article imply that it’s because a school funding formula is not in place this year?
Homeschooling isn’t just growing in Illinois. It’s growing nationwide. And, the most commonly cited reason for choosing to homeschool doesn’t seem to be related to government funding.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, roughly nine out of ten parents who homeschooled their children during the 2011-12 school year said school environment, meaning safety, drugs, and peer pressure, contributed to their decision.
Source: Why Homeschooling Is Growing
The puzzling thing is this: People talk to homeschoolers but they do not seem to hear what we are saying. Why is that? Why can we all say basically the same things over and over, citing reliable sources and studies to back us up, but non-homeschoolers don’t understand?
I think it’s difficult for people who have not experienced homeschool to understand it. Let’s face it, most of us were placed in a daytime institution (public school) from the ages of 5-18, and we all considered it “normal.” This leads to the “institutionalized mindset” of the vast majority of the U.S. population. It’s very difficult, starting from this mindset, to come around to a different point of view.