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    Filed at 5:12 pm under by dcobranchi

    From their website:

    Home schooling not only goes mainstream — it goes into overdrive! There’s been a big rise in the number of kids now getting educated at home. And it’s not just religious concerns driving the trend. So how does their education compare? You might be surprised at the findings.

    UPDATE: Hey- this might be an application for the chat room. I’m going to miss the show (I’ll be driving one of the kids to karate) but y’all have fun.

    UPDATE: Here’s the transcript.

    8 Responses to “NBC NEWS TEASER”


    Comment by
    Susan
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 6:46 pm

    Hey, did you hear the news?! Harvard has started admitting homeschoolers!

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    Bleh.


    Comment by
    Rikki
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 7:54 pm

    I’m not quite sure what the purpose of that was. It contained nothing of content. Basically, I’m thinking it was probably a ploy to boost ratings.
    “Hey Bob, research has shown if you say the word “Homeschool” you’ll have a 30% increase in viewership!”
    “Alright Jim, lets write a fluff piece!”


    Comment by
    Chris
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 8:13 pm

    It was the last story of the show – which they always reserve for a human interest puff piece to help us all feel good about the network. At least they didn’t accuse us of plotting to blow up a school bus 😉


    Comment by
    Jema
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 8:14 pm

    Yeah, pretty pointless. I was glad they didn’t dwell on the whole religious stereotype, but then hubby pointed out they did say that while there were many reasons for homeschooling, religion is the most common reason.


    Comment by
    Brian Sassaman
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 11:03 pm

    For a fluff piece, as Rikki says, it was pretty good. It mentioned commonly held misconceptions and gave rebuttals. I’d say it was fair as a fluff piece, but there was little substance. We need to get John Stossel to do a report on homeschooling.

    I really would like to see an accurate study on the number of homeschoolers. Some say 1 million, some say 2 million. I think it has exploded in the last couple of years, but I have no idea about the numbers. But lots of educational type organizations (museums, park services, athletic centers) are offering enrichment classes during the day to homeschoolers, at least in the Atlanta area. Homeschooling should help their weekday business.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 11:33 pm

    I’m not sure whether the museums et al. like us or not — we’re pretty demanding (won’t stick to their suggested age ranges for classes, don’t want to be in the building while public school groups are there, and so on) and always late.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 11:35 pm

    I really would like to see an accurate study on the number of homeschoolers.

    Never happen; we’re too ornery.


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    September 24th, 2004
    at 10:08 am

    “hubby pointed out they did say that while there were many reasons for homeschooling, religion is the most common reason”

    I figured with Mr. Ray being featured, most of their research info was through him. If he gave them the 1997 study (Bob Jones test takers) I’m sure that’s the logic in the statement.

    I think they used footage of this same family early yesterday on the morning news for a teaser about Kerry’s effort to win over women voters only. It showed a gratuitous Tim Haas kitchen table shot while explaining how this mom had voted Democratic in the last election, but was switching to Bush for “mother bear” homeland security reasons. Kerry had plans to meet with women only for the day. I thought it was strange they showed a homeschool family without mention.