The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XVI, NUMBER 1
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2000
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Cover Story
Going on Offense

Special Features
10 Reasons to Join HSLDA

A Legislative Review of the First Session of the 106th Congress

National Center Reports
FBI Project Megiddo

U.S. Census

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Active Cases

Prayer and Praise

A Contrario Sensu

Around the Globe

Notes to Members

Press Clippings

President’s Page

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Press Clippings

More N.C. students being taught at home

GREENSBORO—Home schooling in North Carolina and Guilford County has increased steadily during the last few years, according to statistics from the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education. . . .

“The main advantage is that you can gear the teaching to the child, to their needs and to their learning styles based on their abilities,” [North Carolinians for Home Education Executive Administrator Susan Van Dyke] said. “People aren’t standardized, and people don’t learn everything at the same time and the same way.”

Jennifer Atkins Brown, News & Record (Greensboro, NC), Nov. 28, 1999

Home-schoolers gain in military recruiting
No longer in class with high school dropouts

The armed forces are opening their doors to significantly more home-schoolers through a new policy that places them on a par with high school graduates.

The change is making a difference. The Army took in only 31 home-schoolers in 1997 and 1998. In fiscal 1999, 154 enlisted. The Air Force enlisted 10 last year, but 200 in fiscal 1999. The Navy registered the largest increase, going from 23 in 1998 to 1,050 this year. . . .

The Pentagon did not change the rules voluntarily.

Rep. John Hostettler, Indiana Republican and House Armed Services Committee member, led efforts to insert the new policy in the 1999 defense authorization bill.
Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times, Nov. 26, 1999

Home schooling gains followers around the nation

Home schooling, once the domain of rural, isolated families, has experienced a steady, even dramatic, growth in popularity, particularly since it became legal in all 50 states in 1993. . . .

“Teaching children at home was the norm in the United States until the 19th century, when many functions that were once the prerogative of families were transferred to non-familial institutions,” [University of South Carolina education professor Dr. James Carper] said.

— Sun News, (Myrtle Beach, SC), Nov. 25, 1999