"Home schooling. The name conjures up 'Little House on the Prairie': Young children in home-made clothes studying primers at the kitchen table while mother cans crab apples.
Guess again. Today's home schoolers are producing web pages, taking college classes, pursuing work apprenticeships, and going on archaeological digs.
And they carry on a schedule of activities, from soccer to the community orchestra, that would weary a fast-track adult."
—Rebecca Rosen Lum, San Francisco Tribune, Jan. 1, 1997
"While home-schooling parents want to do their own thing, they also recognize that they and their children need social interaction and support.
So, they have invented their own network of activities, supportive groups and get-togethers that is so expansive that some parents say it is hard to choose what to do next. The scope of the network is an indication that what began as a small controversial movement for pioneers has blossomed into a thriving force of resourceful individuals who can match what some of the best schools have to offer."
-Sandy Coleman, Boston Globe, Jan. 27, 1997
The Washington Times recently reported on the findings of study conducted by Who's Who Among American High School Students. The results were startling. "Although 84 percent of the parents who answered the survey said they knew their child 'well,' only 9 percent of the parents thought the child had thought of suicide. The actual percentage of teens who do so is 26 percent. Only 37 percent of the parents questioned thought their children had cheated in school, whereas the actual percentage of teen-age cheaters is 76 percent…. Only 12 percent thought their children have friends with drug problems, but 36 percent of the teens surveyed that their friends had drug problems. Parents are as 'oblivious as Ozzie and Harriet' when it comes to teen sexual activity, the report said. While 46 percent of the teens chose pregnancy as their top worry, only 22 percent of the parents thought that would be the case."