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    Filed at 7:45 am under by dcobranchi

    The Myrtle Beach Sun-Times has a really poor piece on home education in North and South Carolina. Besides flunking basic math (“The National Household Education Surveys Program estimates that about 1.1 million students in the U.S. were being home-schooled in 2003. This represents 0.5 percent of the school-age population…“), the reporter has almost nothing good to say. One can almost sense a sneer through the phosphors:

    Mandated tests show some home-schoolers test below average, but most test above average. Research also has not found that home schooling harms children’s social or psychological development.

    The only pro-home education point is that we save the State money:

    Fields said the state of North Carolina saves $980 million each year because parents either home-school or send their children to a private school.

    “Can you imagine what would happen if all 47,000 [home-schooling] families sent their kids to public schools?” she asked.

    UPDATE: It’s worse than I thought. I found her source for the 0.5 percent claim. She not only flunked math, she flunks reading comprehension, too. From the National Center for Education Statistics:

    From 1999 to 2003, the number of homeschooled students in the United States increased, as did the homeschooling rate. The increase in the homeschooling rate (from 1.7 percent to 2.2 percent) represents about 0.5 percent of the 2002–03 school-age population and a 29 percent relative increase over the 4-year period.

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