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10/8/2004 5:16:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Philadelphia Inquirer seeking unrepresentative homeschool family?

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October 8, 2004


New Jersey--Philadelphia Inquirer seeking unrepresentative homeschool
family?


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Yesterday, Kara Ritter of the Philadelphia Inquirer contacted a
homeschooling mother in New Jersey. Ms. Ritter wanted to interview a
homeschooling family whose primary reason for educating their children
is because "it's not the government's job."

The National Center for Education Statistics' website
( http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2001/HomeSchool/reasons.asp ) contains the
results of a 1999 survey asking parents why they homeschool. Parents
could list more than one reason. Nineteen separate reasons were
tabulated, but 'it's not the government's job' is not among them. It
appears to Home School Legal Defense Association that Ms. Ritter is
looking for someone who is not representative of the homeschool
community.

The media has the power to skew the public's image of an entire
community by singling out an unrepresentative individual and giving
him prominence. We hope this is not the Philadelphia Inquirer's plan.

Here's a good reason to homeschool that missed the tabulation of the
National Center for Educational Statistics. According to Dr. Brian
Ray's 2003 study, 58.9% of adults who were homeschooled reported being
"very happy." Only 27.6% of other adults reported they were "very
happy."

Well-adjusted, productive adults who are happy with life-that's a
worthwhile educational goal. And it's newsworthy when homeschoolers
succeed at twice the rate of the general public.


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Attorney for New Jersey
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