Saturday, August 15, 2009

Economist: Home-schooling on the rise

The Allens are home-schoolers. Instead of sending their children to a public or private school, they teach them at home. They are far from alone. A generation ago, homeschooling was rare and, in many states, illegal. Now, according to the Department of Education, there are roughly 1.5 million home-schooled students in the United States, a number that has doubled in a decade. That is about 3percent of the school-age population. The National Home Education Research Institute puts the number even higher, at between 1.8 million and 2.5 million.

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