For an increasing number of parents, sending their child to public school for a well-rounded education is no longer an option.
Researchers say that homeschooling may be the fastest growing form of education in the U.S. Many reasons play into this statistic, the most recent of these being the implementation of the government’s controversial Common Core education system.
Critics of the Common Core system say that it isn’t doing anything to improve learning and that because of high stakes testing and teacher evaluations, teachers will teach to the tests instead of being dynamic in the classroom.
A 2011-2012 survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 74 percent of parents who home school do so because they were unhappy with classroom instruction.
Another large reason parents are homeschooling is because of the school environment. According to the NCES survey, 91 percent of parents who choose homeschooling did so due to concern about the environment of the public school.
For Elizabeth Janke, 17, the public high school atmosphere was not something she wanted to be a part of.
After spending some time in high school, Janke decided to drop out of the system to study at home. She then took her General Education Development (GED) test at 15 years old.