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    Filed at 6:50 pm under by dcobranchi

    Never thought I’d say this, but HSLDA deserves kudos here:

    “We’re seeing an increase in the number of families that might cite moral and religious instruction as one factor but not the overriding one,” says Ian Slatter, spokesman for the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, a Christian-led advocacy group. The association estimates that evangelicals account for just over half of home-schooling households today, down from about two thirds in 2000.

    In one sign of that growing diversification, membership in the Homeschool Legal Defense Association has grown by 42 percent in the last decade, to about 85,000, while the number of home-schooling families has grown at a much faster rate.

    6 Responses to “GOOD NEWS”


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    January 9th, 2009
    at 8:23 pm

    A generous interpretation of a statistic? Hmmm… this Obama guy is gooood. 🙂

    Nance


    Comment by
    speedwell
    January 9th, 2009
    at 11:56 pm

    They deserve kudos for what? Becoming increasingly irrelevant? The article obviously states that the rate of growth of homeschooling is much faster than the rate of growth of the membership of the organization that supposedly represents homeschoolers.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    January 10th, 2009
    at 7:29 am

    The NCES study didn’t ask about religious affiliation. HSLDA could have spun the “morals” homeschoolers as “evangelicals” and no one could have gainsaid them. They chose not to.

    And them becoming increasingly irrelevant is not too shabby, either. 🙂


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    January 10th, 2009
    at 8:26 am

    Maybe they are just being politic, calculating that a change of storyline (toward Obama-like diversity rather than Cheney’s ruthless single-mindedness) would serve their own better in the next administration?


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    January 10th, 2009
    at 9:16 am

    Daryl, you posted it yourself:

    They grow good people in the smart cities.

    But in the politically suicidal greenhouse that Republicans have constructed for themselves, these cities are not welcome. They are disparaged as nests of latte-sipping weenies, alt-lifestyle types and “other” Americans, somehow inauthentic.

    If that’s what Republicans want, they are doomed to be the party of yesterday. . .


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    January 10th, 2009
    at 9:57 am

    I’m fine with a change in the story line to a more inclusive one. It still includes HSLDA and that’s what inclusive means. Apparently. 🙂

    And I just saw a HSLDA rep on C-Span. I only caught the last 5 minutes but he was just a homeschooler, not a fire-breathing evangelical. How refreshing.

    Nance