The school house for American children is, increasingly, the same one where they eat and sleep and live with their parents. As Genevieve Wood of the Daily Signal reports:
In North Carolina, the number of homeschoolers has now surpassed the number of students attending private schools.
In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population. Other sources report numbers well over 2 million.
This cannot be read as anything other than a parental rejection of the educational status quo and the iron grip of the teachers’ unions under which it labors. Those with the greatest stakes in the educational system – parents – are giving up on PTAs, school boards, and the like and going it on their own.
Meanwhile, the political class offers as its solution ... Common Core.