Great article about homeschooling.
Let’s hear it for the home team — they have done it again. Last month, 13-year old Evan O’Dorney of Danville won the National Spelling Bee; Evan is homeschooled. Of those who made it to the finals in Washington, 12.5 percent were homeschooled; of the top seven finishers, three were homeschooled. Last year, 13.5 percent of those making it to Washington for the Spelling Bee finals were homeschooled.
Evan is not alone as a high achieving homeschooled child. The 2003 and 2005 National Geography Bee champions were homeschooled. In 2005, a 16-year-old homeschooled child won the U.S. Chess Championship, making him the youngest player to claim the title since 14-year-old Bobby Fischer won it in 1958. And, they’re athletic to boot; the 2005 girls Gatorade high school soccer player of the year was homeschooled. These results are from a sector that enrolls only a small percentage of America’s children.
The most difficult aspect of homeschooling our children has been making sure they have enough friends. We are fortunate that our eldest has some great friends who are also involved in homeschooling. We are less fortunate with our other two children ages 4 and 5. This is a problem that has our full attention.