NCSPIN Covers NC Homeschool Explosion

At the tail end of NCSPIN episode #827, they covered the explosion in homeschool rates in North Carolina.

At about 23:44, the host makes mention that a lot of the feedback from those pulling their
kids to homeschool was due to Common Core, then segues into the NC General Assembly ordering a “re-working” of Common Core.

The host asks former Lt. Governor Wicker if the changes to the Common Core will bring Dots and sticks math ecardthose parents and students back into the public school system.

Wicker said ‘no’ and that ‘more and more find it an attractive option’. Wicker also did an apologist dance for the Core, saying it was ‘misunderstood’.  The only one misunderstanding it in this exchange seems to be Wicker.


About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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4 Responses to NCSPIN Covers NC Homeschool Explosion

  1. Christina says:

    Joe is about half full of it. It’s not just “affluent” families homeschooling. We barely make ends meet, but homeschool. Our home is old and has issues. Our cars are not flashy, and have their issues. We have to ration gas sometimes, we can’t take real vacations, sometimes our dinner portions are small, but our son will always get what he needs first even if that means delaying on a non-urgent home repair or something else. We just find some amazing deals on materials, utilize free resources, and the only thing he got right was the avant garde statement about being able to bring this information into the home. My immediate/extended family has been a blessing in our homeschooling endeavor as well.

    Wicker was right that we won’t be going back to public school. Common Core doesn’t need “re-working”. It needs to be completely dumped and public education as a whole needs to be turned on its head. The only way that we’d go back to public education is if it is overhauled from scratch by parents, teachers, and those that work everyday with the children. Those who care about educating our children and giving the greatest knowledge possible should have a hand in creating educational plans. Don’t leave it in the hands of unknowing government types who think they know what is best for our children but hop into there private jet to fly home to their children being raised by a nanny.

    We lived in Texas up until April 2013, and they never adopted CC, but still had their own issues. My son still did better there than he ever did in his only year in NC schools. He happens to have some special needs and learning disabilities. Common Core does more harm to our EC students than anything I’ve ever seen. After taking a $10/hr pay cut, in January, to be more available for my son and be available for school issues, we made the decision that my schedule allowed for the flexibility to homeschool. When my son lost all drive for learning, became anxious, begged us to not send him back to that school, I knew we needed to step in and do what is best for him. I have zero regrets.

    While we may not have a lot, our son will have a quality education that is tailored for his needs and interests. It also allows us to have more quality time with my son that I didn’t have when working 50-60 hours a week. The other day, in a very rare show of emotion, he came up, hugged me, and said, “Thank you for homeschooling me, Mom. I’m happy and learning a lot. I love you and am lucky that that this is my family.” That is what makes it all worth it.


    • Thank you for sharing your story here. Most homeschooling families I’ve spoken with agree: best thing they ever did. I think a lot of families are in a ‘would if they could’ situation.


  2. Reblogged this on Femininican and commented:
    I wonder what the stats look like in New York, where I pulled my own kids out of public school and an homeschooling them instead – largely due to the detrimental effect the nonsensical and developmentally inappropriate Common Core was having on my children.

    I see parents of my children’s former classmates around town and their response when I explain why my kids aren’t in school with their kids anymore has been overwhelmingly positive. They hate the Common Core too, and they tell me that it had made the teachers as miserable as it has the children.

    I hear that there are other families who’ve done what I did or have chosen to send their kids to non-CC private schools. I also hear from parents who wish they could homeschool but don’t think it’s an option for them because both parents work full time.

    Not one single parent has told me that they or their kids like Common Core or that it is better than our school district’s excellent but now discarded curriculum. We had great schools here, and now everyone in them is miserable since the district no longer has any say in what the children should be learning in school.


    • I think we’re going to see what it looks like in the coming years. I believe more families will pull out on a large scale. I think NC’s increase the last two years is directly tied to Common Core and will only increase. Most folks here are bracing for a rebrand. If it happens like that, I may be one of those parents pulling my kids out.


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