How long has home schooling been practiced in the United States?

The concept of home schooling was first introduced by early republic families, before schools were built and made in America. Family, community, religious institutions, and work were all integrated into the daily lives and upbringing of children. Through involvement in daily life, children gathered knowledge of everything from growing food, construction, caring for livestock, and making tools, clothing, and soap. Sometimes families hired or shared professional or informal tutors who instructed children at various times for short periods each year; other families used daily chores, apprenticeships, and internships to educate their children. Many home schoolers incorporate these traditions into their home school curriculum today.


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