Experts are noting that as the homeschooling movement continues to rapidly grow, it is becoming more diverse ethnically, politically, and even religiously.
In November the Department of Education released a report noting that between 1999 and 2012 the number of homeschooled students doubled, from approximately 850,000 to approximately 1.8 million.
"The percentage of students ages 5–17 with a grade equivalent of kindergarten through grade 12 who are homeschooled — the homeschooling rate — has increased over time. The homeschooling rate increased from 1.7 percent in 1999 to 3.4 percent in 2012," stated the report. more >>
The state of our nation and the family is in desperate need of repair. In fact, it seems almost hopeless but I think the tides can change in a very unconventional yet conventional way: Homeschooling.
Growing up as a Millennial ten years ago, I would never have imagined that I would chose to homeschool my kids. After all, didn't all homeschool children grow up to be sheltered, socially awkward, and lack the academic and emotional intelligence to succeed as an adult in the "real world"?
But now homeschooling is becoming more mainstream and the stigma that surrounded homeschooling over the years is fading, causing many Millennials to reconsider homeschooling as a viable option for their family. more >>
Was this a warning shot? Or just a misinformed opinion? Homeschooling parents want to know.
Recently, US Secretary of Education John King, while speaking at a press conference, remarked that although some homeschool situations are just fine, in general, "Students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school."
King also said that part of the school experience is learning how to deal with and build relationships with peers and teachers — implying that homeschoolers don't get this kind of experience. more >>
Islamic State militants have reportedly stitched four people's mouth shut with wire simply because they were talking about military victories against the heinous terrorist group.
According to Sputnik News, IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) jihadis used metal wire to stitch the four victims' mouths shut on Tuesday in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul because they were all involved in a conversation discussing the successes of the Iraqi Army in its offensive against IS.
"Four of our residents were discussing the success of the army in a casual conversation about politics, when another man suddenly joined in. He casually discussed with them the defeat of ISIS and offensive operations in Nineveh," a Mosul resident, who chose to remain nameless due to fear of retaliation from IS, told Sputnik International. "Later, all four people were caught. Right where they were standing, their mouths were sewn up with metal wire." more >>
To celebrate the 50th episode of the popular reality TV show "Bringing Up Bates," the UP network has released a special compilation of the family's 50 greatest moments caught on camera.
In an exclusive video clip titled, "50 Big Bates Moments," released just in time for their 50th episode, fans are taken on a journey through family outings, surprise parties, proposals, pregnancies, childbirth and so much more.
Watch the full clip below: more >>
Experts believe that if the Obama administration successfully forces public schools across the country to grant transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms designated for the opposite biological sex, it could lead to an increase in the number of students who are homeschooled or attend private schools.
Last Friday, the departments of Education and Justice sent a directive to all public school districts in the United States telling them that they must allow transgender students into bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that are consistent with their gender identity. If school districts refuse, they could be at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding.
A number of conservative states and school districts have already indicated that they won't obey the edict and will contest in court if the federal government tries to enforce it. Meanwhile, other school districts will obey the order and let biological boys into girls bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, and vice versa. more >>