by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
A superb article from Campbell University Magazine:
“In the world of social media and the internet, homeschoolers are far from living the sequestered and family-focused lifestyle they once endured,” [student Brianna] Fanning says. “We had access to co-ops, weekly classes with other students in the area, travel team sports, theater troupes and nearly any niche imaginable. I had friends from co-op, softball, volleyball, work, church and Wake Tech that I saw several times a week, many of whom I still see to this day.”
[Student Aaron] Schnoor’s parents also sent him to homeschooled co-ops, and he eventually began to travel the country doing speech and debate competitions through the National Christian Forensics Communication Association. He played on a traveling homeschool baseball team, the Wake Warriors, which competed against private and even some public schools in Wake County, and also swam against local students with the Raleigh Seahawks.
Fanning, Schnoor, and thousands of homeschool students remind us of the tremendous benefits that homeschooling can offer. And in the coming weeks, the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education will release updated homeschool enrollment figures for the state.