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    Filed at 6:50 am under by dcobranchi

    Another homeschooling is on the grow article. This one is completely positive. And, as usual, the reporter is a woman. Any idea why?

    2 Responses to “…AND IN ARIZONA”

    Comment by
    September 12th, 2004
    at 12:22 pm

    Hmmm… Is it because she lacks a Y chromosome? 🙂

    Anyway, a few years back, the AZ Republic (which published this article) had come out editorially against home-schooling. Our state support group, AFHE recommended a boycott of the paper, and while I do not recall all of the details, the president of AFHE, (AZ Families for Home Education) Tom Lewis, was able to convince the paper to run his response in their “My Turn” column.

    In fact, one of their writers, Pat Kossan, who is female, wrote a number of articles over the years (and continues to do so) that are directly and indirectly critical of the practice. But, the newspaper’s editorial stance has moderated somewhat, hence this article and others like it.

    (Caution: Sunday morning speculation is coming….)

    In general, Arizona is a low-regulation, small government kind of state, with somewhat unique demographics. One characteristic is that many move to Arizona to get a new start on life, and so there seems to be greater tolerance for different ways of living, which includes homeschooling.

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    September 12th, 2004
    at 9:13 pm

    The education beat at small and midsize papers tends to fall within the purview of “features”, which at said papers tend to be written by females.