WTOP.com Interview about Homeschooling

Working for VaHomeschoolers, I recently corresponded with WTOP.com blogger Katie Howard for a homeschooling story at that Washington D.C. radio station’s Good to Go blog. I started our email conversation with a reference to the “Not Back To School” season that homeschoolers usually celebrate in September in the U.S.

She gave me a chance to explain more about “Not Back to School” and to provide information about homeschooling, and you can read her story at Good to Go.

In her piece, she also linked to another WTOP.com story about Josh Powell, who was homeschooled under Virginia’s religious exemption to compulsory attendance but wanted to attend school.

Not receiving a good education is, of course, a disadvantage whether you are a homeschooler, a private school student, or a public school student. I always find it interesting that when people call for more oversight of homeschoolers, they are asking for that oversight to be conducted by a system in which one in four students fails to graduate in the United States.

In Washington, D.C., home of WTOP, less than 60% of students graduate on time.

That said, yes, the vast majority of homeschoolers in Virginia are homeschooling under the Home Instruction Statute, which does require annual evidence of progress — and — full disclosure here — I provide evaluations for homeschoolers, which, as I have stated before, creates some tension for me.

As it turns out, Josh the Homeschooler went to community college along with many of his public school peers, and then he is the one who got in to Georgetown University (also located in Washington, D.C.) — a highly selective university that accepted only 17% of its applicants in 2012. 

But I digress.

It was great to have a chance to provide some information and perspective on homeschooling. Thanks for the opportunity, Katie. I love radio, and when I visit my hometown in the northern Shenandoah Valley, I always spend a little time tuned to WTOP.

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