Homeschooling surges after school shootings

After a gunman opened fire on students in Parkland, Florida, the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet.

The Lubbock-based organization has been swamped with inquiries for months from parents seeking safer options for their kids in the aftermath of this year’s deadly school massacres, first in Parkland and then in Santa Fe, Texas.

“When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim Lambert. “In the last couple of months, our numbers have doubled. We’re dealing with probably between 1,200 and 1,400 calls and emails per month, and prior to that it was 600 to 700.”
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5 Responses to Homeschooling surges after school shootings

  1. Zack says:

    My Granddaughter will be finishing her last two years of high school mostly online from home; the decision was her’s and her mom’s; the school district actually encourages students who can do their studies independently. More power to them.

  2. ChuckN says:

    I’ve been involved with public schools for the last 3 years; and believe me it’s been
    an eye opener. The one question I have is, whose kids are leaving. I sincerely doubt
    its the kids of parents who could have been on Jerry Springer. Instead it’s the kids who
    are bright enough on their own and/or have parents who want their kid to be more than
    a welfare queen. And make no mistake, public schools fight tooth and nail (to the point
    of calling in child services) to keep these kids in their school. There’s no way to hide
    your ineffectiveness if all you’re left with is dregs.

    That said, I see two main arguments here. 1) the parents know that the schools protect
    the vermin (ala Parkland) and want out before it happens again and it will happen again
    since these schools refuse to address the actual issues involved. Anybody hear that
    Parkland and all of Broward county are scraping current policy pending review; me neither.
    2) The parents of kids who excel but have been denied moving them or homeschooling
    are using this as a way to finally gets their kids out using this reasoning (scare of future
    shootings) that will be seriously hard for a school district to refute.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go make some quiet suggestions to a few
    families.

  3. lineman says:

    Proves my point, it’s not until the pain/fear forces people will they actually do something…They should of been yanking their kids out a long time ago…

  4. California southpaw says:

    I can think of a kid that needs to be schooled in the Justice shed. Has a porcine last name. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

  5. Bacon says:

    Homeschooling is a wonderful option. Unfortunately, the homeschool solution is severely limited in potential. Too many families without a parent at home during the day. Too many families with parents unfit to parent, much less to educate their kids. Homeschooling really only works if the parents are moral and intelligent.

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