At one point in ‘Tulee Main’, Liz asks Bart, “Did you know Susan and Ben were trying to figure out a way to home school MarLee?”
Home schooling is another subject that crops up as we follow Tulee’s family through the story. It hasn’t any direct connection with ‘catching bad guys’ but a lot of Tulee’s tale is as much an exploration of how ‘we’ think, how ‘they’ think, how all of us get to think that particular way and what it is that makes us feel ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ as it is a ‘crime story’. That’s how home schooling and some of the other little details came to show up in the book.
For a look at how it’s seen by various people, you don’t have to go any farther than the link at the top of this blog taking you to the ‘Main Site Home Page’. On the home page, you’ll find a series of choices on the right side, one of them being a list of links to other sites and, at the top of page ‘two’ of those links, you’ll find different people with some very differing views of the subject. Try them out.
According to the numbers I see on the web, around three per cent of eligible children are being home schooled now. The number goes up and down a little depending on whose data you’re looking at and what year they’re taking their samples from. Nevertheless, that looks like a good average.
Some see the issue as not worth a shrug of the shoulders while others are passionate about it for one reason or the other. For a pretty decent look at the whole subject, try going to the National Center for Education Statistics. The web address is http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/homeschool/distancelearning.asp and it’s part of the Institute of Education Sciences.
Look, I know this seems deadly dull, but the people at IES didn’t do a bad job of putting the information out in a readable way. It’s based on data from 2003 but it makes a good background piece and you can always find more recent numbers to check on.
Go ahead, give it a try.
Comment at will.
(This post is intended to complement the narrative and views expressed in “The Passing of Tulee Main”. To learn more about the book, press the ‘Main Site Home Page’ link at the top of this post. (Beyond the on-site material there, the Nook, Kindle and Amazon links have sample chapters available to view.)