In all honesty, I’m slightly nervous about this post. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted as I was planning to take most of the months of December and January off from blogging, but then on my birthday (late November) I received an amazing email present, a letter letting me know that I have been accepted as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2014! I am completely delighted and hope that I work up to the expectations of the group. Ever since I knew about the group a few years ago, I’ve been interested in joining and now finally I have my chance! Now, for the first review what could be more appropriate than to jump in and talk about SchoolhouseTeachers.com? This is not my first introduction to SchoolhouseTeachers.com as I have had a membership there for about two years. I started a few Christmas seasons ago. . .
What’s the Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S? Based on independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (www.nheri.org), a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov), it appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education. Let’s take a look at some of the evidence: “Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years,”1 states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). A 2008 study found that “an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008,”2 statistics that were also confirmed by the National Center for Education’s researcher, Stacy Bielick.3 This week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga’s News Channel 9 reported: “In the last decade, the. . .