Saturday, June 09, 2007

Firstfruits of Homeschooling

Colleges, universities more welcoming of homeschooled students

The U.S. Department of Education reports that 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent of all students in the nation, are homeschooled.

And where colleges and universities once questioned how to accommodate homeschooled students -- and sometimes even shunned them -- institutions of higher learning now are increasingly more welcoming when their admission applications arrive.

In 2000, 52 percent of all colleges in the country had a formal evaluation policy for applications from homeschoolers, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Four years later, the number jumped to 83 percent. During that time, 45 percent of colleges reported receiving more applications from homeschoolers.

Homeschooling didn't really start taking off until the 80's. And like the firstfruits of a crop at the beginning of harvest, homeschooling talent is flooding the marketplace, and short-sighted institutions are not only having to adjust academic standards, but are also actively courting these star students to boost their academic performance statistics!

I note that the Department of Education keeps on estimating around 1.1 million students, and that estimate never rises or falls. I am guessing that there is an increase in numbers, but as more homeschoolers graduate, there might be an ebb in the numbers because of less homeschooling. It would only be short-term, though. Likely, these graduates will build successful careers and families, and raise up more homeschoolers, boosting the numbers once again. One thing's for sure; the homeschooling can't be ignored any longer.

It's a good feeling to be a part of that first homeschooling generation, and to see my fellow homeschooled graduates entering the world alongside. Here's hoping they start moving into high-ranking positions. Mayhap we can affect not a small change in the downward spiral of culture and civilization.



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