Home Schooling Hits Record In NC

Home-schooling has hit a record popularity in North Carolina.

More than 41,000 families taught their children at home last school year. That's the highest number in the 23 years state officials have kept records.

The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that Wake County leads the state, with about 3,700 registered home schools teaching an estimated 7,500 students. A state report released Monday shows Mecklenburg in second, with just under 3,000 schools and about 6,300 students.

All 100 North Carolina counties had home-schoolers, with just over 77,000 children participating. That's up from about 71,600 the previous year.

Home-schoolers from across North and South Carolina meet next week in Charlotte for an annual conference.


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  • by Leon Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    Homeschooling has a dark side as well. Not all of the parents are as dedicated as they may want you to think, for instance: Andrea Yates, Brice and Sandra McMillan, Josef Fritzl, David Koresh, Nissa and Kent Warren, David Ludwig, Kara Borden, Deanna Laney, Lynn Paddock, Banita Jacks, Donald and Lisa Boss, Thomas Lavery, Neil and Christy Edgar I can't imagine what would happen if we started giving vouchers, encouraging people like this to homeschool.
  • by OBX on Aug 6, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    If your watch Jeopardy kids night most of the kids are homeschooled. They can answer questions most of us have never heard of. I admire homeschool moms. The kids are better behaved too.
  • by gloria on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    well, she (Nancy) most should apologize to you too Mandy. Home school kids appear to be well rounded along with kids from private schools.
  • by mandy on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    well for someone who went to private school you sure are able to carry on a conversation, and I'm not even your mother. Have you heard some of the conversations form public school kids. . .if you are even able to understand them. Don't underestimate yourself. . .you probably turned out really well because of private school. I bet you do better in math than you think too! No, it (private school) may not have been perfect but you could have turned out alot worse if your family had not sacrificed and sent you to private school. OH, loved your comment about natural selection. . .heck most days I think I am doomed anyway. I apologize about the comment i made. . .
  • by long time home school mom Location: home on Aug 6, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Nancy- I am not sure what home schoolers you are speaking of but, my 3 children are actually doing very well in math (my daughter tutors others in math) My children can carry on a conversation with most anyone... although I would probably forbid them to converse with people like yourself who are so negative... Maybe that is the reason the home schoolers you are around don't talk to you. just a thought.
  • by Nancy on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    May the process of natural selection not select you out for doom Mandy...I went to a private school, I just don't believe in fairy tales.
  • by jackie on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    I'm not that crazy about the voucher deal. It may allow more students in private with behavior problems or do not care about learning. That's why we pay the high cost to get beyond the behavior problems so that learning can proceed.
  • by mandy on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    God bless you Nancy. . . you can't help it. You have to be a product of our fine public school system.
  • by voter Location: nc on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    i sure wouldn't want my child lavon'd or barlowed in public school.
  • by nancy on Aug 4, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    another bunch of christian kids who can't do math or carry on a conversation with anyone but their mom
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