By: Krystle Crossman
The Florida Department of Education has recently released some data that shows that home-school programs are gaining more enrollment than public schools. In the 2009-2010 school year there were 62,567 students that were home-schooled in the state of Florida. In the five years since then another 14,487 have enrolled which is a 23% increase. This year the data has shown that there are 77,054 students that are enrolled in home-school programs. This is a 1.7% increase from last year. The enrollment in public schools only went up 1%.
So why are there more kids in home-school programs in Florida as opposed to going to public schools? It is theorized that the Common Core has something to do with it. There have been multiple disputes over the Common Core standards in Florida. Teachers and parents alike are trying to get rid of the standards which are frustrating teachers, parents, and students. Standardized testing is seen as a huge problem as well. Social media has been overrun with groups trying to stop the Common Core such as Moms Against Common Core and the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition.
The Common Core is not the only reason that parents are choosing to keep their children at home. Some have religious values that they want their children to learn. This cannot happen in a public school setting due to the separation of church and state. Some mothers want their children at home so that they can learn the values that they live their lives by which also is not taught in public schools. Some parents have concerns over bullying and schoolyard violence. These are just a few of the reasons that parents choose to home-school.
There are a lot of businesses in Florida that are very home-school friendly which makes it a little more appealing to teach your children at home. Craft stores like AC Moore have programs where home-school children can come in and learn arts and crafts. Bowling alleys and libraries are also among the types of businesses that offer fun and unique ways for home-school kids to get out of the house, interact with other kids, and learn new things.