Growing fast and furious

Almost 1.1 million students were homeschooled in 2003, according to the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES says the number of students taught at home in 1999 was 850,000.

7.4 percent annual growth in homeschooling? That’s great news. If there’s one thing that makes me feel any sense of optimism about the nation’s future, it is that statistic.