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Homeschooling is the alternate form of education in developed nations to sending a child to a public or private school. A growing number of children, about 1.5 million in 2007, are educated at home by parents or private tutors or through online programs.¹

Some children who are homeschooled attend regular school part-time. Some homeschooling families join cooperatives to share resources and learn in a group setting.¹

Most parents choose homeschooling to give their children religious or moral instruction, while many other families are worried about the public school environment or are unhappy with the quality of instruction in public schools.¹

States regulate home schools and set learning requirements. Some states don’t require any notification that a child is being educated at home, some require that children take tests or have their progress evaluated, and others require parents to use curricula approved by the state, obtain teaching credentials, or undergo home visits by state officials.¹

Homeschooling can be an option for families living in isolated rural locations, living abroad, to allow for more traveling, and if a child is an athlete or an actor. Some forms of homeschooling are heavily invested in eLearning and the Internet to teach students in groups online in the comfort of their own homes.¹

Some parents teach their children a liberal arts education that follows the trivium or quadrivium models. These two models are from Ancient Greece and include math, rhetoric, and logic, among other subjects.¹




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