As fall school plans remain uncertain, local homeschooling organizations are reporting a growing number of new, interested families. “We have seen quite an uptick,” said Bill Heuer, executive director of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association. The latest available data shows around 7,600 students are homeschooled in Massachusetts and 1,800 students in Rhode Island; both, less than one percent of the entire student population.
Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville, Michigan is invites homeschooling families, co-ops, and groups to visit for a field trip on October 3. The Art Park experience is unique and enlightening for northern Michigan students that features over fifty works of contemporary art, all inspired by or related to Michigan history, culture or natural environment. For more information , visit michlegacyartpark.org/education or call 231-378-4963.
The Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum in Washington NC is celebrating Home School Month in October. Homeschool groups can arrange free tours and presentations at the museum to learn more about the underground railroad in eastern NC, specifically the greater Washington area. We can also help create an underground railroad history curriculum for classes. Find us on Facebook or WHDA.org.
Back in the ’90s, McDonald was considered a homeschooling pioneer; now she’s joined by a growing movement of parents who are abstaining from traditional schooling, not on religious grounds but because of another strong belief: that they can educate their kids better than the system can. Though far from mainstream (an estimated 2.2 million students are home-educated in the U.S.), secular homeschooling is trending up. Last year, 277 children were homeschooled in Boston, more than double the total from 2004; in Cambridge the number was 46. (In surrounding towns, the numbers are growing, too: During the 2013–2014 school year, Arlington had 55; Somerville, 36; Winthrop, 5; Brookline, 11; Natick, 36; Newton, 33; and Watertown, 24.)