Monday, December 29, 2008
Sarah Troxler, another homeschooler, wrote stories on summer exercise programs for teenagers and playing on travelling softball teams. Kristian Whitesell wrote about her family's visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
In all, seven of the top ten youth stories this year were written by homeschoolers, and an eighth story involved several of the authors as subjects.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Allen Ebert, a senior forward for Veritas Christian Academy's basketball squad, will be homeschooled next semester. Ebert, a 6'7" guard, has averaged ten points and four rebounds per game, according to the C-T.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
By some estimates, nearly 40 cents of every revenue dollar in North Carolina goes to K-12 education, making it the largest category in the state’s $21.4 billion budget. According to statistics released by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE), which monitors homeschoolers and traditional private and religious schools, some 10.4 percent of school-aged children in North Carolina were educated outside public school classrooms in the 2007-08 school year. About 98,000 students attend conventional nonpublic schools, while more than 70,000 are homeschooled.
DNPE’s director, Rod Helder, told Carolina Journal last year the savings to the state in fiscal year 2006-07 were $1.3 billion, reflecting higher per-pupil expenses in the public schools and continuous growth in the number of nonpublic school students. Since the 2004-05 school year, the number of students being homeschooled has increased almost 22 percent, while public school enrollments increased by 6.6 percent.
“You see how much money the public schools did not have to spend,” Helder told Carolina Journal.
The article by NCHSN editor Hal Young appears in the January 2009 print edition of B&TN but is available online as well.
Nathan was the highest-ranked swimmer in 200- and 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events. He is ranked number two in 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, and 200-yard individual medley, and number three in 100-yard breaststroke. His seven top-three rankings beat out four for Tuscola student Jake Stringfield.
In the girls' rankings, homeschooler Emily Marett is number one in 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly, number two in 200-yard individual medley, and number three in 500-yard freestyle.
Monday, December 22, 2008
At one point, a group of parents of home-schooled children gave [Dr. Jerry] Bernstein's practice generally good marks online. But the group pointed out that "if you can get past the look of the building, the doctors are great," Bernstein said. "It certainly hastened our move" to new offices.(Raleigh News & Observer, 12/22/08)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
See the article for stats on individual players.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Now 14, Julia is graduating with two associates degrees, a 4.0 GPA, and admission to UNC-Wilmington. She told Chelsea Keller of the Wilmington Star-News,
"I don't feel that this is a great achievement, because if you don't do pointless teenage things and care about doing well, you can go to college ... It's not that hard."
Saturday, December 6, 2008
This is the second year of the contest which remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor, according to the article in the Hendersonville Times-News.