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by Jason Gaston

November 15, 2003

An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 families homeschool in Alabama. That number climbs higher each year.

It's one of the fastest growing forms of education in the Heart of the Valley. But what really appeals to families when it comes to homeschooling- Is public education really that bad- WAFF 48 News Education Reporter Jason Gaston set out to separate myth from reality.<br><br>You may be surprised to learn Alabama has no law governing homeschools. It's up to each family to be honest and make sure their kids pass the test.

Daily Princetonian

by Zack Surak

November 15, 2003

Change in lifestyle for the home schooled is not noticeably turbulent, many former home-schoolers say.

Shawruss said home schooling enabled her to focus on her studies without much of the wasted time and other distractions of the classroom setting.<br><br>"Basically, one feature I found with home schooling is that it eliminates a lot of the superfluous time that gets wasted, particularly at the grade school level, as opposed to less time wasted as when one reaches the higher educational levels," Shawruss said.<br><br>"People who have never home schooled somehow think we're unsocial - people who live in a dark corners," Shawruss said. "In fact, I believe that as a home schooler, I was able to become more socialized than I would have otherwise because I wasn't forced to be confined with one particular artificially constructed group for all my activities and time."

New York Times

November 15, 2003

Nine states allow parents to remove children from school without reporting that they are doing so.

The schooling laws fly in the face of compulsory education statutes that have been on the books throughout this country since the early 20th century, not to mention the new national push to raise standards and improve student achievement.

Gloucester Co. Times (NJ)

by Steve Eichmann

November 14, 2003

With the holidays approaching, one family is hoping they have enough money to continue to pay medical bills, let alone gifts.

Twelve-year-old Lee Jennings of Pittsgrove Township was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late 2002. Because the disease was already progressed, Jennings was immediately placed into intensive chemotherapy.<br><br>Jennings had to be removed from Pittsgrove Middle School and is currently receiving home-schooling. Due to his weakened immune system, Jennings cannot be exposed to other sick children as even those with a common cold could affect Jennings health.

The State (SC)

by Monique Angle

November 14, 2003

Adopted boy was angry over being put on restriction, Lexington

Clayton and her husband adopted the teenager and two other children from Guatemala about a year ago, Metts said, but authorities didn't know if the children are siblings.<br><br>The eight children were home schooled because of the family's religious beliefs, Metts said. Clayton was not a member of The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools, but she was known by employees there.

Home Education Magazine

by Larry and Susan Kaseman

November 12, 2003

Aunt Tilly calls. "You know I support your homeschooling. But I just read an article about how homeschoolers are demanding special favors from the federal government...

It's really not fair for homeschoolers to expect to be allowed to homeschool and still get everything kids in regular schools get." From State Senator Reasonable you hear, "I've gone along with your notions about homeschooling laws over the years, and I know all three of your kids are doing well. But I'm concerned about families where the kids aren't learning anything.

New York Times

by Jane Gross

November 10, 2003

"Now that circumstances have forced us out, our experience here on the sidelines is so good that I find it harder and harder to imagine going back."

Newcomers to home schooling resist easy classification as part of the religious right or freewheeling left, who dominated the movement for decades, according to those who study the practice. <br><br>They come to home schooling fed up with the shortcomings of public education and the cost of private schools. Add to that the new nationwide standards - uniform curriculum and more testing - which some educators say penalize children with special needs, whether they are gifted, learning disabled or merely eccentric.

by Armstrong Williams

November 10, 2003

No longer do we learn through subject and verb, but rather through a verbal hybrid of images and slogans designed to spare us the rigors of closely examining issues for ourselves.

Our preoccupation with television imagery has helped make this generation curiously artificial and particularly susceptible to the counterfeit. Essayist Michael J Arlen has called it "The tyranny of the visual." And countless other critics have lamented about the perils of images supplanting words in this culture.


by J. Michael Smith, Esq.

November 9, 2003

What prompted the Federal Government to get involved in the education of our nation's children-

The Federal Government has not always played a role in American Education. When the founding fathers wrote the establishment clause into the First Amendment they weren't thinking about education, because the Federal government had no role in education at that time. As in many other areas, States were free to do what they deemed best.

World Net Daily

by David N. Bass

November 8, 2003

Last Tuesday's "Rock the Vote" debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls solidifies that conclusion.

Aside from the usual attempts to be hip (including discussion of marijuana and who is best to party with), the most revealing incident in the debate was when Al Sharpton questioned Howard Dean on his October comment about the Confederate flag. Dean was quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying, "I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." He later apologized for the remark. <br><br>Note: David N. Bass is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate who writes for World Newspaper Publishing and is a regular columnist at, and He is also a contributing writer to Bass is currently working on his first novel.


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