Back To School – At Home and Opting Out

By A.P. Dillon

Millions of kids head back to school soon. Many have already begun the new school year. In many state, that means heading back to more Common Core. That is the case in North Carolina for the time being until the state’s standards replacement commission can get to work.

North Carolina will continue using Common Core for the 2014-2015 school year, but it may come too late as many parents in the state have been pulling their kids from public school. Opting for homeschooling over public schooling has surged over the last two years in North Carolina and Common Core, implemented two years ago, has been listed as a factor in those decisions.

“Surge” might be an understatement – the boom of homeschooling in North Carolina has really been “jaw-dropping“.  Terry Stoops of John Locke notes:

1. Overall, 92 of North Carolina’s 100 counties had triple digit percentage growth in enrollment over the last five years.  Wowza!

Wowza, indeed.
Homeschooling has jumped 11.6% from last year, passing the number of kids enrolled in private schools for the first time. What does that look like in actual numbers of students? Let’s start with the year of Common Core’s adoption in 2010:

  • 2010-2011: 83,609
  • 2011-2012: 79,693 *
  • 2013-2013: 87,978
  • 2013-2014: 98,172

* Represents the year Common Core was implemented in North Carolina Schools.

Between the time the Core was implemented and the present, over 18,000 kids have moved to homeschooling. That’s pretty damning. For more historical numbers of homeschooling in NC are available at the Department of Non-Public Schools site.


Public and Teacher Support Drops
Public outcry over the experimental Common Core has steadily increased and the once favorable opinion of the standards has dropped dramatically in the last year.

The consortiums and myriad number of pro-Core groups pushing the standards have met with a firestorm from opponents. Most recently and most notably, proponents have been slammed over the standards on Twitter with the hijacking of the hashtag “SupportTheCore”.

Opting Out Movement Gains Momentum

I’ve been noting the increased push back to the testing. The testing outrage goes hand-in-hand with the Common Core as testing consortiums like PARCC and SBAC are seeing states drop them like hot potatoes. Meanwhile, testing and textbook behemoth, Pearson, is under fire in New Mexico and New York.  Also in New York, department of education officials appear to be using Common Core math to tally the number of students who refused the tests this past Spring.

If my inbox is any indication, the Opt Out movement will be thriving in North Carolina this year. Parents in North Carolina and everywhere should arm themselves and do what they feel is best for their child. This includes parents of  Kindergarteners. Find out more at United Opt Out.

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.